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white squall

noun, Nautical.
1.
a whirlwind at sea or a violent disturbance of small radius not accompanied by clouds but indicated merely by whitecaps and turbulent water.
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  • As we had been caught in a white squall in the islands, of course I was able to answer.

    At Aboukir and Acre George Alfred Henty
  • That white squall last night saved our lives, for I was mastered.

    Yussuf the Guide George Manville Fenn
  • I know these seas, sir; and that is a white squall, or I am a Dutchman.

    In Greek Waters G. A. Henty
  • Were not typhoon, white squall, and hurricane His some time playmates?

  • The first was when we encountered a white squall about a week out from England.

    Five Years in New Zealand Robert B. Booth
  • And as the ship slowly paid off and gathered away the white squall broke upon them.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • Wrath of celestial goddesses darkened the face of Mrs. Croydon as a white squall blackens the face of the sky.

    Love in a Cloud

    Arlo Bates
  • I was correct in my supposition: she had been upset by what is called a white squall, and in two minutes would be down.

    Peter Simple Frederick Marryat
  • Nothing comes on so rapidly and gives so little time for preparation as does a white squall in the Mediterranean.

    The Cruise of the Frolic W.H.G. Kingston
  • In the morning a white squall came on, and was succeeded by other squalls of various colours.

British Dictionary definitions for white squall

white squall

noun
1.
a violent highly localized weather disturbance at sea, in which the surface of the water is whipped to a white spray by the winds
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