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tidal wave,

term properly applied to the crest of a tidetide,
alternate and regular rise and fall of sea level in oceans and other large bodies of water. These changes are caused by the gravitational attraction of the moon and, to a lesser extent, of the sun on the earth.
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 as it moves around the earth. The wavelike upstream rush of water caused by the incoming tide in some locations is known as a tidal borebore,
inrush of water that advances upstream with a wavelike front, caused by the progress of incoming tide from a wide-mouthed bay into its narrower portion. The tidal movement tends to be retarded by friction as it reaches the shallower water and meets the river current; it
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. In popular usage the term tidal wave also is often applied to any destructive wave or to high water not related to tidal phenomena. These latter waves are of two types: tsunamistsunami
, series of catastrophic ocean waves generated by submarine movements, which may be caused by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides beneath the ocean, or an asteroid striking the earth. Tsunamis are also called seismic sea waves or, popularly, tidal waves.
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, which are waves caused by earthquakesearthquake,
trembling or shaking movement of the earth's surface. Most earthquakes are minor tremors. Larger earthquakes usually begin with slight tremors but rapidly take the form of one or more violent shocks, and end in vibrations of gradually diminishing force called
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, and storm surges (see under stormstorm,
disturbance of the ordinary conditions of the atmosphere attended by wind, rain, snow, sleet, hail, or thunder and lightning. Types of storms include the extratropical cyclone, the common, large-scale storm of temperate latitudes; the tropical cyclone, or hurricane, which
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).

tidal wave

[′tīd·əl ‚wāv]
(oceanography)
Any unusually high and generally destructive sea wave or water level along a shore.

tidal wave

1. a name (not accepted in technical usage) for tsunami
2. an unusually large incoming wave, often caused by high winds and spring tides

Tidal Wave

(dreams)
Tidal waves or tsunamis suggest that you may be in a period of emotional upheaval. Anxiety, stress, and unconscious materials may be coming to the surface and affecting your daily moods. Giant tidal waves from your dream may be symbolic of current emotional unhappiness and psychological stress that may be threatening to destroy or uproot you. The outcome of this dream could reveal to you how much strength you have to “ride out” this storm. If you are not consumed, or you survived the tidal waves of your dream, be assured that you will survive the challenges of life and living.
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The tidal wave swamped areas near the coast for a few hours, leaving hundreds of people stranded in their homes, but the main highway leading to the airport was not affected.
The Tidal waves struck the coastlines of Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, the Maldives, Bangladesh and the east coast of Africa.
Examiner readers were today urged to dig deep to help the victims of the Asian tidal wave horror.
After the first tidal wave hit, only three of the 15 villas remained standing.
''I saw the tidal waves hit at least three times,'' he said, adding that the waves swept away children and houses.
A 20-DAY-old baby was found alive floating on a mattress in her parents' damaged restaurant in northern Malaysia after the region was slammed by tidal waves.
The 8.9-magnitude earthquake triggered massive tidal waves that slammed into coastlines across Asia, killing more than 20,000 people in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Thailand and Malaysia.
One Israeli tour guide on Phuket reported his group felt tremors from the huge tidal waves, which hit a different part of the island.
There had been "one or two" small tidal waves this year, but "nothing like the scale" of the Asia wave.
At least 15,000 people are reported dead around southern Asia and as far away as Somalia on Africa's eastern coast, most killed by massive tidal waves that swept coastlines after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake off Indonesia's coast on Sunday, followed by aftershocks in the region.
"Because of the pace of change that is happening in our economic sectors and the international things happening with the softwood lumber (trade issue), all of these things come upon us as tidal waves," Boshcoff added.