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head sea

noun, Nautical.
1.
a formation of waves running in a direction opposite to that of a vessel.
Origin of head sea
1885-1890
1885-90
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  • The head-sea, in little, splashy waves, began to fill my canoe.

    Voyage of the Paper Canoe Nathaniel H. Bishop
  • Pitching heavily to a head-sea, and making but little head-way.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • A term applied to a threatening heavy atmosphere, also to a head-sea.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • A ship is said to be "diving into it" when she pitches heavily against a head-sea.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • It is a similar, or the same action in force as in a head-sea.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The head-sea we could dispense with, as it makes us all very uncomfortable.

    A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam' Annie Allnut Brassey
  • The 28th they started and reached Bull's Bay, where a head-sea compelled them to anchor.

    Company G A. R. (Albert Rowe) Barlow
  • Now, the sailing vessel meets a head-sea, when lying-to under easy canvas, as though she knew just what to do with it.

  • Looking for a temporary subsidence of the waves of a head-sea, previous to easing down the helm, in tacking ship.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • When a ship rides at anchor in a head-sea, the waves of which frequently break in upon her, they are said to over-rake her.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for head-sea

head sea

noun
1.
a sea in which the waves run directly against the course of a ship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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