adjective (no comparative or superlative forms)
- relating to tides
- A wave, in the form of a wall of water, formed by an incoming tide funneling into an estuary
- A large and sudden rise and fall in the tide.
- A large, sudden, and disastrous wave of water caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean; a tsunami. (See Usage notes below.)
- The last here killed twenty and left thousands homeless.
- (figurative) A sudden and powerful surge.
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- But this is no stream, folks. This will be a that can swamp our democracy.
- As the doors opened, a of people flooded into the room.
- I was overcome by a of emotions.
- (archaic) A crest of ocean water; a wave.
- (context, oceanography) A crest of ocean water resulting from tidal forces.
- An opening through which water may flow freely when the tide moves in one direction, but which closes automatically and prevents the water from flowing in the other direction.
- (nautical) A place where the tide runs with great velocity, as through a gate.
- A table giving the time of when the tide will be high or low at a beach.
noun , also tide water
- Water affected by the flow of the tide, especially tidal streams
- The seaboard
- A long, narrow container, open on top, for feeding or watering animals.
- One of Hank's chores was to slop the pigs' each morning and evening.
- Any similarly shaped container.
- Ernest threw his paint brushes into a kind of he had fashioned from sheet metal that he kept in the sink.
- (Canadian) A gutter under the eaves of a building; eaves trough.
- The troughs were filled with leaves and needed cleaning.
- A short, narrow canal designed to hold water until it drains or evaporates.
- There was a small that the sump pump emptied into; it was filled with mosquito larvae.
- A long, narrow depression between waves or ridges.
- The buoy bobbed between the crests and troughs of the waves moving across the bay.
- The neurologist pointed to a troubling in the patter of his brain-waves.
- (meteorology) A linear atmospheric depression associated with a weather front.
- In Australia and New Zealand, a trough may refer to a rectangular container used for washing clothing, clothes, a channel for conveying water or other farm liquids (such as milk) from place to place by gravity, or any general 'U' or 'V' shaped channel conveying water for irrigation purposes.
- A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.