Definition of Groundswell

1. Noun. (nautical) A broad undulation of the open ocean, often as the result of a distant disturbance ¹



2. Noun. (context: by extension) A broadly-based shifting of public opinion ¹

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Definition of Groundswell

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Groundswell

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groundswell (current term)
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Literary usage of Groundswell

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1. To the Cape for Diamonds.: A Story of Digging Experiences in South Africa by Frederick Boyle (1873)
"... proclaimed—Mr. Gilfillan stops the rioters—A groundswell of disorder next day—Threats sent to ..."

2. Sir Thomas Browne's Works: Including His Life and Correspondence by Thomas Browne, Simon Wilkin (1835)
"If others answer, mint and basil, though they sprout largely, yet they will hardly afford flowers, much less seed;—senecio, or groundswell, seems best to ..."

3. The Open Air by Richard Jefferies (1885)
"To-day the groundswell was more active, the waves closer together, not having had time to forget the force of the extinct gale. Yet the sea looked calm as a ..."

4. The California earthquake of April 18, 1906: Report of the state earthquake by Andrew Cowper Lawson, Harry Fielding Reid (1908)
"On the days of observation at the clam patch the sea was calm, except for a moderate groundswell, so that the normal equilibrium of the water-surface ..."

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