- a sea with a choppy surface produced by the intersection of waves from different storms.
Origin of cross sea
Examples from the Web for cross sea
Historical Examples of 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