a broad, deep or rolling of the sea, due to a distant storm or gale.
any surge of support, approval, or enthusiasm, especially among the general public:
a groundswell of political support for the governor.
a considerable swell of the sea, often caused by a distant storm or earthquake or by the passage of waves into shallow water
a strong public feeling or opinion that is detectable even though not openly expressed: a groundswell of discontent
1818, from ground (n.) + swell (n.). Figurative sense is attested from 1817.
noun, Nautical. 1. equipment, as anchors, chains, or windlasses, for mooring a vessel away from a pier or other fixed moorings.
- Ground tissue
ground tissue The tissue of a plant other than the epidermis, periderm, and vascular tissues, consisting primarily of parenchyma, and (in lesser amounts) of collenchyma and sclerenchyma. Cortex and pith are subtypes of ground tissue.
[ground-too-air] /ˈgraʊnd tuˈɛər/ adjective, adverb 1. .
[ground-tuh-ground] /ˈgraʊnd təˈgraʊnd/ adjective, adverb 1. .