- 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
Examples from the Web for 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
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.
- 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 and History for surged
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.