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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. A surge of opinion or feeling about someone or something.
2. A broad deep swell of the ocean, caused by a distant storm or an earthquake.
Groundswell was the term sailors used for a swelling of the ocean. Why ground? Originally, ground referred to the bottom of anything, especially an ocean. Earliest documented use: 1817.
"A nationwide general strike fuelled by a groundswell of anger brought parts of Spain to a halt yesterday."
General Strike; The New Zealand Herald (Auckland); Mar 31, 2012.
"Waves along the coasts may get as high as 23 feet this weekend due to two significant groundswells."
High Surf Expected This Weekend; Los Angeles Times; Mar 29, 2012.
See more usage examples of groundswell in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:It is better to prevent crimes than to punish them. -Cesare Beccaria, philosopher and politician (1738-1794)