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 for tidal wave
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tidal wave \Tid"al wave\, n.
     1. an unusually high wave from the sea, sometimes reaching
        far inland and causing great destruction, and usually
        caused by some event, such as an earthquake, far from the
        shore. In Japan, such a wave is called a tsunami.
     2. [fig.] an unusually large quantity of items or events
        requiring attention and causing strain on the capacity to
        handle them; as, a tidal wave of orders for a new product;
        a tidal wave of tourists.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tidal \Tid"al\, a.
     Of or pertaining to tides; caused by tides; having tides;
     periodically rising and falling, or following and ebbing; as,
     tidal waters.
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           The tidal wave of deeper souls
           Into our inmost being rolls,
           And lifts us unawares
           Out of all meaner cares.                 --Longfellow.
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     Tidal air (Physiol.), the air which passes in and out of
        the lungs in ordinary breathing. It varies from twenty to
        thirty cubic inches.
     Tidal basin, a dock that is filled at the rising of the
     Tidal wave.
     (a) See Tide wave, under Tide. Cf. 4th Bore.
     (b) A vast, swift wave caused by an earthquake or some
         extraordinary combination of natural causes. It rises far
         above high-water mark and is often very destructive upon
         low-lying coasts.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tide \Tide\, n. [AS. t[imac]d time; akin to OS. & OFries.
     t[imac]d, D. tijd, G. zeit, OHG. z[imac]t, Icel. t[imac]?,
     Sw. & Dan. tid, and probably to Skr. aditi unlimited,
     endless, where a- is a negative prefix. [root]58. Cf.
     Tidings, Tidy, Till, prep., Time.]
     1. Time; period; season. [Obsoles.] "This lusty summer's
        tide." --Chaucer.
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              And rest their weary limbs a tide.    --Spenser.
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              Which, at the appointed tide,
              Each one did make his bride.          --Spenser.
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              At the tide of Christ his birth.      --Fuller.
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     2. The alternate rising and falling of the waters of the
        ocean, and of bays, rivers, etc., connected therewith. The
        tide ebbs and flows twice in each lunar day, or the space
        of a little more than twenty-four hours. It is occasioned
        by the attraction of the sun and moon (the influence of
        the latter being three times that of the former), acting
        unequally on the waters in different parts of the earth,
        thus disturbing their equilibrium. A high tide upon one
        side of the earth is accompanied by a high tide upon the
        opposite side. Hence, when the sun and moon are in
        conjunction or opposition, as at new moon and full moon,
        their action is such as to produce a greater than the
        usual tide, called the spring tide, as represented in
        the cut. When the moon is in the first or third quarter,
        the sun's attraction in part counteracts the effect of the
        moon's attraction, thus producing under the moon a smaller
        tide than usual, called the neap tide.
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     Note: The flow or rising of the water is called flood tide,
           and the reflux, ebb tide.
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     3. A stream; current; flood; as, a tide of blood. "Let in the
        tide of knaves once more; my cook and I'll provide."
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     4. Tendency or direction of causes, influences, or events;
        course; current.
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              There is a tide in the affairs of men,
              Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.
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     5. Violent confluence. [Obs.] --Bacon.
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     6. (Mining) The period of twelve hours.
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     Atmospheric tides, tidal movements of the atmosphere
        similar to those of the ocean, and produced in the same
        manner by the attractive forces of the sun and moon.
     Inferior tide. See under Inferior, a.
     To work double tides. See under Work, v. t.
     Tide day, the interval between the occurrences of two
        consecutive maxima of the resultant wave at the same
        place. Its length varies as the components of sun and moon
        waves approach to, or recede from, one another. A
        retardation from this cause is called the lagging of the
        tide, while the acceleration of the recurrence of high
        water is termed the priming of the tide. See Lag of the
        tide, under 2d Lag.
     Tide dial, a dial to exhibit the state of the tides at any
     Tide gate.
        (a) An opening through which water may flow freely when
            the tide sets in one direction, but which closes
            automatically and prevents the water from flowing in
            the other direction.
        (b) (Naut.) A place where the tide runs with great
            velocity, as through a gate.
     Tide gauge, a gauge for showing the height of the tide;
        especially, a contrivance for registering the state of the
        tide continuously at every instant of time. --Brande & C.
     Tide lock, a lock situated between an inclosed basin, or a
        canal, and the tide water of a harbor or river, when they
        are on different levels, so that craft can pass either way
        at all times of the tide; -- called also guard lock.
     Tide mill. (a) A mill operated by the tidal currents.
        (b) A mill for clearing lands from tide water.
     Tide rip, a body of water made rough by the conflict of
        opposing tides or currents.
     Tide table, a table giving the time of the rise and fall of
        the tide at any place.
     Tide water, water affected by the flow of the tide; hence,
        broadly, the seaboard.
     Tide wave, or Tidal wave, the swell of water as the tide
        moves. That of the ocean is called primitive; that of bays
        or channels derivative. See also tidal wave in the
        vocabulary. --Whewell.
     Tide wheel, a water wheel so constructed as to be moved by
        the ebb or flow of the tide.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  tidal wave
      n 1: an overwhelming manifestation of some emotion or
           phenomenon; "a tidal wave of nausea"; "the flood of letters
           hit him with the force of a tidal wave"; "a tidal wave of
      2: an unusual (and often destructive) rise of water along the
         seashore caused by a storm or a combination of wind and high
      3: a wave resulting from the periodic flow of the tides that is
         caused by the gravitational attraction of the moon and sun

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  97 Moby Thesaurus words for "tidal wave":
     amplitude, antinode, apoplexy, billow, bore, breakers, breakup,
     cataclysm, chop, choppiness, chopping sea, climax, comb, comber,
     convulsion, count, crest, de Broglie wave, diastrophism,
     diffraction, dirty water, disaster, eagre, election returns,
     electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetic wave, fit, frequency,
     frequency band, frequency spectrum, gravity wave, ground swell,
     guided wave, heave, heavy sea, heavy swell, in phase, interference,
     landslide, lift, light, longitudinal wave, lop, mechanical wave,
     node, official count, out of phase, overthrow, paroxysm, peak,
     period, periodic wave, poll, popple, quake, radio wave, ray,
     recount, reinforcement, resonance, resonance frequency, returns,
     riffle, ripple, rise, roll, roller, rough water, scend, sea,
     seismic wave, send, shock wave, sound wave, spasm, stroke, surf,
     surface wave, surge, swell, temblor, tidal bore, tide wave,
     transverse wave, trough, tsunami, undulation, upheaval, water wave,
     wave, wave equation, wave motion, wave number, wavelength, wavelet,
     white horses, whitecaps

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