cross sea

nounOceanography, Nautical.
  1. a sea with a choppy surface produced by the intersection of waves from different storms.

Origin of cross sea

First recorded in 1865–70

Words Nearby cross sea Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cross sea in a sentence

  • Still, they have a heavy swell to contend with, and an ugly cross sea.

    The Land of Fire | Mayne Reid
  • cross sea: A sea or swell caused by a wind different from that blowing at the time the cross sea is running.

  • By noon, however, the heavy cross-sea had abated, and the Excelsior bore west.

  • We drifted in upon the land in the chill light of a stormy dawn across a heartless cross-sea mountain high.

  • We run into a cross-sea or a swell, or something, and they disappear again, and their places at the table remain vacant.

    The Ship Dwellers | Albert Bigelow Paine