- 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 surgedstream, swell, rise, flow, climb, grow, deluge, sluice, mount, billow, undulate, pour, swirl, eddy, gush, arise, ripple, tower, heave, roll
Examples from the Web for surged
Contemporary Examples of surged
Hordes of celebrants, swept by rain, surged over the five-year-old Brooklyn Bridge.128 Years Old and Still a Looker: Happy Birthday to Lady Liberty
October 28, 2014
The response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has surged in the past few weeks, delivering more money, supplies, and doctors.This New Ebola Test Is As Easy As a Pregnancy Test, So Why Aren’t We Using It?
October 3, 2014
Tonalist, with his fresh legs, surged past Commissioner to take the race by a nose.Why California Chrome’s Fairy Tale Didn’t End Happily Ever After
June 8, 2014
Independents have surged from 15 percent to over 20 percent.The GOP’s Long, Hard Road in California
May 8, 2014
And as each conference has surged, there has been a different effect on the economy.Want a Super Bowl Boost for the Economy? Root for Seattle.
February 2, 2014
Historical Examples of surged
Instantly, Martin's cordiality vanished; his hostility toward her surged.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
How we surged and panted, and fought one another for our sacred lives!Meadow Grass
Roma was lifted off her feet by the breaker of human beings201 that surged around.The Eternal City
Again the thoughts surged and surged, and the past intruded itself!The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
It burned and surged from my trembling fingers into the flesh of her forearm.
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.