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  1. seichenoun

    a wave on the surface of a lake or landlocked bay; caused by atmospheric or seismic disturbances


  1. seichenoun

    A short-period standing wave oscillation of the water level in a lake, characteristic of its geometry.

    Etymology: From Swiss seiche, perhaps from Seiche.


  1. Seiche

    A seiche is a standing wave in an enclosed or partially enclosed body of water. Seiches and seiche-related phenomena have been observed on lakes, reservoirs, swimming pools, bays, harbors and seas. The key requirement for formation of a seiche is that the body of water be at least partially bounded, allowing the formation of the standing wave. The term was promoted by the Swiss hydrologist François-Alphonse Forel in 1890, who was the first to make scientific observations of the effect in Lake Geneva, Switzerland. The word originates in a Swiss French dialect word that means "to sway back and forth", which had apparently long been used in the region to describe oscillations in alpine lakes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Seiche

    sāsh, n. a remarkable fluctuation of the level observed on the Lake of Geneva and other Swiss lakes, probably due to local variations in the barometric pressure. [Fr.]

Editors Contribution

  1. seiche

    Developing Dangerous Wave Action Resulting from Changes in Barometric Pressure.

    The Vilaine receives the Meu and the seiche, which are both navigable.

    Submitted by anonymous on October 1, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of seiche in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of seiche in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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