surge-v; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: rush forward quickly and powerfully

NOTE: Includes literal and metaphorical uses.

The army surged forward.
The fans surged forward to see the movie star.
A few metres before the end of the race, Jenkins surged into the lead.
He levelled the score and then surged ahead of his class.
The boat surged through the water with amazing speed.
220 V of pure electricity surged right through my pointer finger!
The city is surging ahead with planning and research into alternative energy sources.

VerbNet: appear-48.1.1
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3, 5

Sense Number 2: increase strongly and suddenly

As favorable reviews came out, interest in the software surged.
The company's profits have surged.
She felt a wave of resentment surging (up) inside her.
Demand for electricity surged far past supply.

VerbNet: calibratable_cos-45.6-1
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: surge.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: rise and fall like waves

The boat surged, causing him to lose his grip and fall into the water.
The line snapped them off our wrists as the boat surged in the waves.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4