- a sea with a choppy surface produced by the intersection of waves from different storms.
Origin of cross sea
First recorded in 1865–70
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Examples from the Web for cross sea
It is all heaped and tossed and tumbled as though the earth there had been a cross-sea.The Old Front Line
A cross-sea was running and I could not feel sure that all was well with the missing boat.South!
Sir Ernest Shackleton
Then do the heavy-timbered barns talk like ships in a cross-sea, beam working against beam.Letters of Travel (1892-1913)
We are deathly sick, because there is a cross-sea beneath us and a wet sail above.From Sea to Sea
This is similar to a cross-sea, except that it undulates without breaking violently.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth