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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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).
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tidal wave

[′tīd·əl ‚wāv]
(oceanography)
Any unusually high and generally destructive sea wave or water level along a shore.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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.
Bedside Dream Dictionary by Silvana Amar Copyright © 2007 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
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In Sri Lanka, more than 1,500 people were killed after tidal waves devastated the country's southern and eastern provinces, a senior Sri Lankan government official said.
KHAMSIN To dream of a tidal wave shows that you have an underlying anxiety that you could be overwhelmed by something uncontrollable, something that no-one can prevent and which has severe consequences.
Although shoppers are forsaking high-end designer apparel and flocking to stores like the gap, Manhattan's undiminished tidal wave of consumer traffic continues to support a very strong retail real estate market and presently is pushing space rental numbers upward at a modest, yet steady, rate.
He even did a headstand during his 64-minute surf on the giant Bono tidal wave on the Kampar River in Sumatra, Indonesia.
She said Louise, Nigel and the children were on their way to the beach when the tidal wave hit.
THOUSANDS died in a devastating tidal wave triggered by a massive earthquake in south-east Asian.
'Some of them have spent hours helping out, even though a second tidal wave was forecast.'
The young family had driven to a neighbouring farm to warn them about the flood when the water came "like a tidal wave".
Archdruid Dr Robyn Lewis refused to apologise last night and said that the Eisteddfod Council had been 'particularly vicious in their criticism' after his comments about bards standing in the breach against a 'tidal wave' of cultural and linguistic influence.
Assisting the company in its stratospheric rise would have been a tidal wave of reports mass-produced by well-respected Wall Street analysts, rating the stock a screaming buy.
EARLIER this year the media reported how scientists believed Britain may be threatened by a monster tidal wave predicted to devastate the coasts of Florida and Brazil, following a volcanic eruption in the Canary Islands.
People just shrugged when told that their cities might be drowned under a tidal wave.