- 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 surgingdeluge, flow, swell, rise, upsurge, wave, outpouring, flood, growth, stream, climb, grow, surf, efflux, gush, billow, breaker, roll, intensification, sluice
Examples from the Web for surging
Contemporary Examples of surging
How many of these surging thousands are solid, and how many of these assumptions are tricks of the light?Hilary Mantel Visits the Twilight Zone
October 14, 2014
Whether it was surging steroid use, or the way AstroTurf could wreck ACL joints, there was always something to fix.Super Bowl XLVIII Is Set to Be the Most Violent One Yet
January 30, 2014
Even then she had to climb on to its roof with dozens of children, nieces and nephews to escape the surging flood.Typhoon Haiyan: The Philippine Village that Lost Its Men
November 17, 2013
Bill Nye chats with Kevin Fallon about his new projects and surging fame.Bill Nye on ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ Fabulous Things & Being Popular
October 7, 2013
Still, having alienated the center, and with Sarvis surging, Cuccinelli must be prepared to take what he can get.Ken Cuccinelli’s Incredibly Lackluster Campaign
October 7, 2013
Historical Examples of surging
They found it surging and tossing, in quest of Defarge himself.A Tale of Two Cities
A panic was surging through me; must I be brought to book by such as he?The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
They were a race of wonder-workers away off in the surging metropolis of Bridgeboro.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
All the fighting blood of his breed was up in him and surging through him.White Fang
The street was black with people, surging back and forth, restless, ominous.Slaves of Mercury
- 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.