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head sea

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noun Nautical.
  1. a formation of waves running in a direction opposite to that of a vessel.
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Origin of head sea

First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for head sea

Historical Examples

  • Pitching heavily to a head-sea, and making but little head-way.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • A ship is said to be "diving into it" when she pitches heavily against a head-sea.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • It is a similar, or the same action in force as in a head-sea.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • The head-sea, in little, splashy waves, began to fill my canoe.

    Voyage of the Paper Canoe

    Nathaniel H. Bishop

  • The head-sea we could dispense with, as it makes us all very uncomfortable.

    A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam'

    Annie Allnut Brassey


British Dictionary definitions for head sea

head sea

noun
  1. a sea in which the waves run directly against the course of a ship
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