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broken water

noun, Oceanography
1.
a patch of water whose surface is rippled or choppy, usually surrounded by relatively calm water.
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  • There was a sudden roar ahead, and a gleam of long lines of broken water.

    Parkhurst Boys Talbot Baines Reed
  • “We might get another fish in the broken water,” he suggested.

    The Gold Trail Harold Bindloss
  • For the first time since they entered the broken water they had leisure to look about them.

  • The wind was full on the Seabird's beam as she entered the broken water.

    Among Malay Pirates G. A. Henty
  • The spray from the splashing bows blew into their faces, and the broken water checked them badly.

    The Long Portage Harold Bindloss
  • They had got into broken water and it was taking her all her time to handle the oars.

    The White Blackbird Hudson Douglas
  • The boatmen, however, ceased rowing outside the line of broken water, and lay on their paddles for three or four minutes.

    With Clive in India G. A. Henty
  • The moon shining on the sea gave it the appearance of broken water.

  • Vain indeed must be our attempt to describe the awful aspect, the mad music, the fearful violence of “broken water” on the Break!

  • They raced across the mile of broken water to the landing-stage.

    The Kingdom of the Blind E. Phillips Oppenheim

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