- a strong, wavelike, forward movement, rush, or sweep: the onward surge of an angry mob.
- a strong, swelling, wavelike volume or body of something: a billowing surge of smoke.
- a sudden, strong increase or burst: a surge of energy; surges of emotion.
- Military. a significant increase in the number of troops deployed to an area.
- the rolling swell of the sea.
- the swelling and rolling sea: The surge crashed against the rocky coast.
- a swelling wave; billow.
- 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.
- Nautical. a slackening or slipping back, as of a rope or cable.
- 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.
- (of a ship) to rise and fall, toss about, or move along on the waves: to surge at anchor.
- to rise, roll, move, or swell forward in or like waves: The sea surged against the shore. The crowd surged back and forth.
- to rise as if by a heaving or swelling force: Blood surged to his face.
- 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.
- Machinery. to move with pulsating unevenness, as something driven by an engine or gas turbine.
- to cause to surge or roll in or as in waves.
- Nautical. to slacken (a rope).
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
- a strong rush or sweep; sudden increasea surge of anger
- the rolling swell of the sea, esp after the passage of a large wave
- a heavy rolling motion or soundthe surge of the trumpets
- an undulating rolling surface, as of hills
- a billowing cloud or volume
- nautical a temporary release or slackening of a rope or cable
- a large momentary increase in the voltage or current in an electric circuit
- an upward instability or unevenness in the power output of an engine
- astronomy a short-lived disturbance, occurring during the eruption of a solar flare
- (intr) (of waves, the sea, etc) to rise or roll with a heavy swelling motion
- (intr) to move like a heavy sea
- nautical to slacken or temporarily release (a rope or cable) from a capstan or (of a rope, etc) to be slackened or released and slip back
- (intr) (of an electric current or voltage) to undergo a large momentary increase
- (tr) rare to cause to move in or as if in a wave or waves
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.
- A coastal rise in water level caused by wind.