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head sea

noun

, Nautical.
  1. a formation of waves running in a direction opposite to that of a vessel.


head sea

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of head sea1

First recorded in 1885–90

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Example Sentences

The wind was now stronger, and they were getting a head sea, which did not suit 'Vigilant's' beam and bow.

Our progress against a head wind and light head sea was tedious, and on taking our observation at noon we found we were in lat.

Now, the sailing vessel meets a head-sea, when lying-to under easy canvas, as though she knew just what to do with it.

But clearly the weather was in a very unsettled state, and outside Amoy the glass again went down with a rising head sea.

We were rushing and tearing along at such a pace, against a head sea, that it almost took one's breath away.

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