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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GROUND SWELL

This was a ground swell, such as never moved in Denboro Bay.

It was like the sound, dull and heavy, of the ground swell that precedes the storm.

Her bosom still was heaving with the ground–swell of her injury.

A ground swell cast him again near the vender of prize packages.

His soul is still heaving with the ground swell of the storm, though the blasts come more fitfully, and are dying into calm.

For the schooner was pitching and tossing on a ground swell, that seemed to presage a change of weather.

A ground swell, hardly perceptible on the surface of the sea, will kick up no end of a smother on the rock.

The harbour water was still; and the open––beyond the tickle rocks––was without a ripple or hint of ground swell.

Loud murmurs began to arise at this, and the orator knew that the ground swell betokened the coming storm.

The ship rose and fell lazily on the heaving of the ground swell that rolled in around the Capes.

WORD ORIGIN

1818, from ground (n.) + swell (n.). Figurative sense is attested from 1817.

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