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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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  • “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.

  • He hauled his wind, and the lugger shot off towards the broken water.

    Jim Davis John Masefield
  • This puzzled me, for there should have been no broken water where I supposed myself to be.

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

    Among Malay Pirates G. A. Henty
  • They had got into broken water and it was taking her all her time to handle the oars.

    The White Blackbird Hudson Douglas
  • At last the swimmer came to the broken water and plunged into it.

    Hoof and Claw Charles G. D. Roberts
  • The moon shining on the sea gave it the appearance of broken water.

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

    The Kingdom of the Blind E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • In less than a minute more, everybody heard the crash of the broken water.

    Little Novels Wilkie Collins

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