head sea

noun Nautical.
a formation of waves running in a direction opposite to that of a vessel.

Origin:
1885–90

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head sea
 
n
a sea in which the waves run directly against the course of a ship

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Pitch refers to the alternate lift and fall of each end of a vessel in a head sea.
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