AskDefine | Define surge

Dictionary Definition



1 a sudden forceful flow [syn: rush, spate, upsurge]
2 a sudden or abrupt strong increase; "stimulated a surge of speculation"; "an upsurge of emotion"; "an upsurge in violent crime" [syn: upsurge]
3 a large sea wave [syn: billow]


1 rise and move, as in waves or billows; "The army surged forward" [syn: billow, heave]
2 rise rapidly; "the dollar soared against the yes" [syn: soar, soar up, soar upwards, zoom]
3 rise or move foward; "surging waves" [syn: tide] [ant: ebb]
4 rise or heave upward under the influence of a natural force such as a wave; "the boats surged" [syn: scend]
5 see one's performance improve; "He levelled the score and then surged ahead"

User Contributed Dictionary



Possibly from French surgir < Old French surgir < Old Catalan surgir < Latin surgere, to rush.


  • /sɝʤ/ (US) or (UK)
  • /s3`dZ/ (US) or /s3:dZ/ (UK)
    Rhymes: -ɜː(r)dʒ



  1. The swell or heave of the sea. (FM 55-501).
  2. A sudden rush, flood or increase which is transient.
    He felt a surge of excitement.
  3. A sudden electrical spike or increase of voltage and current.
    A power surge



swell of the sea
sudden transient rush or flood
electrical spike


  1. To rush, flood, or increase suddenly.
    Toaster sales surged last year.
  2. In the context of "transitive|nautical": To slack off a line.



  • FM 55-501

Extensive Definition

Surge may refer to:

See also

surge in French: Surge
surge in Italian: Surge
surge in Japanese: サージ

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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