- to heave in a swell.
- to lurch forward from the motion of a heavy sea.
- the heaving motion of a vessel.
- the forward impulse imparted by the motion of a sea against a vessel.
Origin of scend
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Examples from the Web for scend
Scend, send, n. the upward angular displacement of a vessel—opposed to Pitch, the correlative downward movement.
In an hour and a half after this, we reached and crossed the river Scend, about two miles from the top of the ghaut.
This fort stands on the river Scend; and two sides of it are protected and guarded by that river, which is deep.
- (of a vessel) to surge upwards in a heavy sea
- the upward heaving of a vessel pitching
- the forward lift given a vessel by the sea
C17: perhaps from descend or ascend
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