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SURGE, noun [Latin surgo, to rise.]

1. A large wave or billow; great rolling swell of water. [It is not applied to small waves, and is chiefly used in poetry and eloquence.]

He flies aloft, and with impetuous roar,

Pursues the foaming surges to the shore.

2. In ship-building, the tapered part in front of the whelps, between the chocks of a capstan, on which the messenger may surge

SURGE, verb intransitive To swell; to rise high and roll; as waves.

The surging waters like a mountain rise.

1. To slip back, as, the cable surges.