[ground-swel] /ˈgraʊndˌswɛl/

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.


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