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beam sea

noun, Nautical
a sea striking the vessel at right angles to its keel.
Origin of beam sea
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • For the storm is rising, and a beam sea sends wave after wave against my ports.

    An Ocean Tramp William McFee
  • From time to time it careened like a blunt-nosed barge in a beam sea.

    The Million Dollar Mystery Harold MacGrath
  • Behind us the locomotives smoke stack rolled like a steamers funnel when a 298 beam sea is running.

    The Sea and the Jungle H. M. Tomlinson
  • A beam sea set in, and the 'Moselle' justified my conjectures about her.

    The English in the West Indies James Anthony Froude
  • The ship did not behave well in a beam sea, for soon she shipped seas on either side, and she lost as much way as she made.

    The Solomon Islands and Their Natives H. B. (Henry Brougham) Guppy
  • She had broached to with the stern sea on the beam, and the beam sea right ahead.

    The Flying Bo'sun Arthur Mason
  • A low-sided boat when canted by a beam sea edges her rail under and shovels the water up on her deck as she recovers.

    On Yachts and Yacht Handling Thomas Fleming Day
  • A southeast gale, a beam sea, and the tiny opening of the Jew's Mouth was a bad combination to face in a black night.

    Poor Man's Rock Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • In this position, and with the gale blowing on the starboard quarter, her head would be thrown into the beam sea.

    The Flying Bo'sun Arthur Mason
  • He was making heavy weather of his simple declaration, labouring like an old-fashioned square-rigger in a beam sea.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance

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