- an occasional and sudden oscillation of the water of a lake, bay, estuary, etc., producing fluctuations in the water level and caused by wind, earthquakes, changes in barometric pressure, etc.
Origin of seiche
Borrowed into English from Franco-Provençal around 1830–40
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The Vilaine receives the Meu and the Seiche, which are both navigable.
Cenéle amus: salanaig buale ⁊ buicc brodnai ⁊ eóin erchoille ⁊ seiche corad.The Triads of Ireland
Notwithstanding the strange, not to say grotesque, appearance of its beak, the Seiche is decidedly an interesting creature.The Sea
A seiche is a standing oscillation of a lake, usually in the direction of the longest diameter, but occasionally transverse.
- a periodic oscillation of the surface of an enclosed or semienclosed body of water (lake, inland sea, bay, etc) caused by such phenomena as atmospheric pressure changes, winds, tidal currents, and earthquakes
C19: from Swiss French, first used to describe the rise and fall of water in Lake Geneva; of obscure origin
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- An oscillating wave in an enclosed body of water. A seiche may have a period from a few minutes to a few hours and is usually a result of seismic or atmospheric disturbances.
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