tidal wave Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"tidal wave" in British English

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tidal wavenoun [C]

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tidal wave noun [C] (SEA)

an ​extremelylargewavecaused by ​movement of the ​earth under the ​sea, often ​caused by an earthquake (= a ​shaking of the ​earth)
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tidal wave noun [C] (LARGE NUMBER)

a ​suddenlargenumber of things: a ​tidalwave ofcomplaints
(Definition of tidal wave from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tidal wave" in American English

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tidal wavenoun [C]

 us   /ˈtɑɪd·əl ˌweɪv/
an ​extremelylarge wave caused by ​violentmovement of the ​earth under the ​sea
(Definition of tidal wave from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “tidal wave”
in Chinese (Simplified) 海, 海啸…
in Turkish (okyanusta/denizde deprem sonrası oluşan) deprem dalgası…
in Russian приливная волна…
in Chinese (Traditional) 海, 海嘯…
in Polish fala pływowa…
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