- a widespread change in atmospheric pressure that is in addition to cyclonic and normal diurnal changes.
- storm surge.
- a sudden rush or burst of current or voltage.
- a violent oscillatory disturbance.
- an uneven flow and strong momentum given to a fluid, as water in a tank, resulting in a rapid, temporary rise in pressure.
- pulsating unevenness of motion in an engine or gas turbine.
verb (used without object), surged, surg·ing.
- to increase suddenly, as current or voltage.
- to oscillate violently.
- to slack off or loosen a rope or cable around a capstan or windlass.
- to slip back, as a rope.
verb (used with object), surged, surg·ing.
Origin of surge
Related Words for surgedeluge, flow, swell, rise, upsurge, wave, outpouring, flood, growth, stream, climb, grow, surf, efflux, gush, billow, breaker, roll, intensification, sluice
Examples from the Web for surge
Contemporary Examples of surge
The U.S. launched campaigns in the restive Iraqi city of Fallujah and a surge campaign in Baghdad.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
Nancy A. Youssef
January 7, 2015
“People are generally diplomatic,” says Steinbrick of regulars dealing with the surge of new faces.How to Survive the New Year ‘Gympocalypse’
January 6, 2015
Uber responded to the PR nightmare by reversing the surge, refunding those affected, and doling out free rides.In Defense of Uber’s Awful Sydney Surge Pricing
December 16, 2014
As more states move to pass legalization legislation, their role in the narrative will likely surge.Women Are Leading the Way for Legalized Weed
December 4, 2014
Ergo, DAPA will cause another surge—and that future surge will likewise prove burdensome to Texas.The New Texas Governor’s Cynical Immigration Threat
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
December 1, 2014
Historical Examples of surge
Dr. Everett said again, a surge of indignation rushing over him.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
As for Garson, once again the surge of feeling threatened to overwhelm his self-control.Within the Law
Now all these aches and agonies of the past were lulled by the surge of tired muscles.The Prisoner
And as the vessel heaved over to the surge, the boat was launched.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
He must face gust and surge, for he cannot choose his time and weather.Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland
Daniel Turner Holmes
Word Origin for surge
late 15c., "fountain, stream," probably from Middle French sourge-, stem of sourdre "to rise, swell," from Latin surgere "to rise," contraction of surrigere "to rise," from sub "up from below" + regere "to keep straight, guide" (see regal). Meaning "high, rolling swell of water" is from 1520s; figurative sense of "excited rising up" (as of feelings) is from 1510s.
1510s, from surge (n.). Related: Surged; surging.