Surge

Definition of Surge

n.1.A spring; a fountain.
2.A large wave or billow; a great, rolling swell of water, produced generally by a high wind.
He that doubteth is like the surge of the sea driven by the wind and tossed.
- James i. 6 (Rev. Ver.
He flies aloft, and, with impetuous roar,
Pursues the foaming surges to the shore.
- Dryden.
3.The motion of, or produced by, a great wave.
4.The tapered part of a windlass barrel or a capstan, upon which the cable surges, or slips.
v. i.1.To swell; to rise hifg and roll.
The surging waters like a mountain rise.
- Spenser.
2.(Naut.) To slip along a windlass.
v. t.1.(Naut.) To let go or slacken suddenly, as a rope; as, to surge a hawser or messenger; also, to slacken the rope about (a capstan).
[imp. & p. p. Surged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Surging .]

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