/grownd"swel'/, n.
1. a broad, deep swell or rolling of the sea, due to a distant storm or gale.
2. any surge of support, approval, or enthusiasm, esp. among the general public: a groundswell of political support for the governor.
[1810-20; GROUND1 + SWELL]

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