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cross sea

noun, Oceanography, Nautical
a sea with a choppy surface produced by the intersection of waves from different storms.
Origin of cross sea
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We run into a cross-sea or a swell, or something, and they disappear again, and their places at the table remain vacant.

    The Ship Dwellers Albert Bigelow Paine
  • It is all heaped and tossed and tumbled as though the earth there had been a cross-sea.

    The Old Front Line John Masefield
  • A cross-sea is very dangerous, for the man at the helm never knows where the wave will strike.

    The Land of the Long Night Paul du Chaillu
  • A cross-sea was running and I could not feel sure that all was well with the missing boat.

    South! Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • So down the village on all fours, groaning like a Dutch brig in a cross-sea, went our Albert Edward.

  • Then do the heavy-timbered barns talk like ships in a cross-sea, beam working against beam.

  • We are deathly sick, because there is a cross-sea beneath us and a wet sail above.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • This is similar to a cross-sea, except that it undulates without breaking violently.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth

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