an unusually high wave from the sea, sometimes reaching far inland and causing great destruction, and usually caused by some event, such as an earthquake, far from the shore. In Japan, such a wave is called a tsunami.
an unusually large quantity of items or events requiring attention and causing strain on the capacity to handle them; as, a tidal wave of orders for a new product; a tidal wave of tourists.
(1) A wave, in the oceans and seas, produced by tides and TIDAL CURRENTS. (2) Non-technical term in popular usage for an unusually high and destructive water level along a shore. It usually refers to STORM SURGE or TSUNAMI.
Properly called tsunamis, large destructive waves sent inshore by earthquakes. Despite their name, tidal waves are not caused by tides.
A shallow water wave caused by the gravitational interactions between the Sun, Moon, and Earth. Essentially, high water is the crest of a tidal wave and low water, the trough. Tidal current is the horizontal component of the particulate motion, while tide is manifested by the vertical component. The observed tide and tidal current can be considered the result of the combination of several tidal waves, each of which may vary from nearly pure progressive to nearly pure standing and with differing periods, heights, phase relationships, and direction.
A term that is incorrectly used in reference to a tsunami. Tsunamis have nothing to do with the tides.
i) An exceptionally large ocean wave, esp. a tsunami, ii) a widespread manifestation.
a huge destructive wave (especially one caused by an earthquake)
a crest of water that moves around the earth with the tide
a large sea wave caused by a submarine earthquake or volcanic explosion
a large sea wave produced by high winds, and a tsunami is a sea wave caused by an underwater earthquake or landslide (usually triggered by an earthquake) displacing the ocean water
a simple and periodic movement of water that is most often associated with the rise and fall of the tides, which is in turn produced by the gravitational pull of the sun and moon
Common term for tsunami used in older literature, historical descriptions and popular accounts. Tides, caused by the gravitational attractions of the sun and moon, may increase or decrease the impact of a tsunami, but have nothing to do with their generation or propagation. However, most tsunamis give the appearance of a fast-rising tide or fast-ebbing as they approach shore and only rarely as a near-vertical wall of water.
Abrupt rise of tidal water (caused by atmospheric activities) moving rapidly inland from the mouth of an estuary or from the coast (in EM-DAT, « tidal wave » is a disaster subset of the disaster type « wave/surge »)(OFDA).
In popular usage, unusually high and hence destructive water level along the shore. Refers to a storm surge, and more commonly (but erroneously) to a tsunami.
sea wave of large magnitude and speed created by high winds e.g. during hurricanes rather than tidal action compare tsunami
The correct word for the big waves people often call 'tidal waves' is tsunami. True 'tidal waves' - or waves caused by the tides - are the ordinary waves people see on the ocean.
Tidal wave is an incorrect term that refers to a tsunami.
Any unusually high and therefore destructive water level along a shore.
An egregious misnomer for a type of wave that has nothing to do with tides or tide-producing forces. See the more apt term seismic sea wave for a description.
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"Tidal Wave" is the fifty-fifth episode of Code Lyoko.