• WordNet 3.6
    • adj tidal of or relating to or caused by tides "tidal wave"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The earth's rotation is slowing down at a rate of one second per century. The gravity from the sun and moon are creating tidal friction on the earth that are acting as brakes on planet's spin.
    • a Tidal Of or pertaining to tides; caused by tides; having tides; periodically rising and falling, or following and ebbing; as, tidal waters. "The tidal wave of deeper souls
      Into our inmost being rolls,
      And lifts us unawares
      Out of all meaner cares."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Tsunamis ( tidal waves ) travel as fast as jet planes.
    • tidal Of or pertaining to a tide or the tides; subject to or characterized by a periodical rise and fall or ebb and flow: as, a tidal river; tidal waters; a tidal basin.
    • tidal Dependent on the tides: as, a tidal steamer (that is, a steamer the hour of whose departure is regulated by the state of the tide); tidal trains (that is, trains that run in connection with tidal steamers).
    • tidal Figuratively, a wide-spread or general manifestation of strong feeling or sentiment: as, a tidal wave of popular indignation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Tidal pertaining to tides: flowing and ebbing periodically
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  • Elwyn Brooks White
    “Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness; natives give it solidity and continuity; but the settlers give it passion.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tíd; Dut. tijd, Ger. zeit.


In literature:

Have you ever seen a tidal wave of steel rising and surging under the lash of the gale?
"The Bronze Eagle" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
The Harrison tidal wave swept their best men to the front in State and national councils.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
Contrary to reports, there must have been a tidal wave of some size, for three buildings were carried away on Santa Cruz beach.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
As soon as it became possible to do so, effort was made to cut them off from the resources of the tidal waters.
"The Bounty of the Chesapeake" by James Wharton
As drops of dew throb with the ocean, We felt ourselves of His tidal swell.
"Song-waves" by Theodore H. Rand
This was the approach of the tidal wave caused by the final eruption, which occurred about 12.30 to 1 p.m.
"A Visit to Java" by W. Basil Worsfold
Near the Tidal Basin there were people taking pictures of each other under the flowering trees.
"Jerry's Charge Account" by Hazel Hutchins Wilson
No other great Bridge had yet been constructed across a tidal river.
"The History of London" by Walter Besant
The tendency to tidal action on the moon itself must, therefore, be much in excess of anything which we here experience.
"Astronomy of To-day" by Cecil G. Dolmage
Does the elevation of the ocean cause the tidal flow, or does the tidal flow cause the elevation?
"Pioneers of Science" by Oliver Lodge

In poetry:

"Must know her weight, and pry into her age,
Count her old beach lines by their tidal swell;
Her sunken mountains name, her craters gauge,
Her cold volcanoes tell;
"Honours -- Part I" by Jean Ingelow
A lamp in realms of night and death,
Our love reveals a tidal shore;
And still we follow, still implore
The sunken horns of Ashtoreth
In lands where all is night and death.
"Amor Hesternalis" by Clark Ashton Smith
In what cold seas, under what winters' reign,
— Who can e'er know, O nacreous, fragile Shell! —
Hast thou through current, wave and tidal swell,
In shallows and abysses restless lain?
"The Shell" by Jose Maria de Heredia y Giraud
And I was glad that night,
With no reason ready,
To give my own heart for its deep delight,
That flowed like some tidal eddy,
Or shone like a star that was rising bright
With comforting radiance steady.
"A Cottage In A Chine" by Jean Ingelow
I was content--with life, and love, and a little over;
A little achieved of the much that is given to men to do.
But now with your tidal strife do you come again, vain rover,
And tell of vastitudes, to be sailed, or sounded, anew.
"Resurgence" by Cale Young Rice
Each creek becomes a river, each pool a little sea,
The tidal wave comes rushing on, men know not where to flee,
But on he rides, still shouting, as angels did of old,
"Flee! Flee ye to the mountain! Flee! forsake your homes and gold!"
"The Johnstown Disaster, 1889" by Joseph Horatio Chant

In news:

Tidal Wave of Green Meetings Education on its Way.
The ongoing rush to develop more powerful supercomputers for a variety of research projects threatens to bury scientists under such a tidal wave of data that making use of that data could be difficult.
China's First Inter-tidal Wind Power Project.
Sheis part of a tidal… (MICHAEL S WIRTZ / Staff ).
Officials say the project will increase tidal exchange to Stewart's Creek salt pond and wetlands.
For Redskins' Kirk Cousins, tidal wave of texts came after comeback.
The incident happened at the Dow Chemical plant in the 1900 block of Tidal Road near Old Battleground Road about 11:25 am Officials have not said what was burning.
Charleston area back bays and tidal marshes.
Friday's tidal range is the largest of this stretch, with a 2-foot-plus difference between the high and the low at most ports.
For Redskins' Kirk Cousins, tidal wave of texts came after comeback .
Tidal Creek hosts Halloween costume swap.
Electric vehicle drivers can charge their battery while shopping for groceries at Tidal Creek Cooperative Food Market.
CUs Face Compliance Tidal Wave.
Tidal Software is rolling out the latest upgrade to its flagship Tidal Enterprise Scheduler, which includes faster performance and better support for the application platforms from PeopleSoft and SAP.
Tidal Spreads Apps Across Servers.

In science:

These scalar invariants completely determine local properties (tidal forces) of a gravitational field.
Local and global properties of conformally flat initial data for black hole collisions
Several different filters were tried for the outer (tidal) part of the velocity field.
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
This figure shows the successive refinement of the tidal fields needed for computation of the level-2 velocity field.
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
However, if true, this turnover would be biasing the surface brightness profile fit, making the disk scalelength appear shorter than it was before tidal-stripping commenced.
Evidence for an outer disk in the Prototype `Compact Elliptical' Galaxy M32
The constraints discussed above can be used to estimate the best set of parameters for an external tidal perturber.
On the Spiral Structure of NGC 2915 and Dark Matter