Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The wave set up at the bows of a vessel under way. The crest of the wave is inclined diagonally outward and aft on each side from the bow.
“He was swimming at the surface, his great square head resting on the shallow bow-wave that his progress pushed just ahead of him.”
“The run-up to this speech has been characterised by some epic spinning from shadowy American and Israeli ‘sources’ which has been creating a powerful bow-wave of feverish speculation and alarm.”
“The slug created a downward bow-wave that caused edema and pressure on the optic chiasm.”
“I saw that their legs did not move, as they did in crossing land, but remained fixed and triangulated, and that each foot raised a bow-wave which, supposing they were of the usual size, must be twenty feet high.”
“And second, we've been living off of seed corn, going back to about the beginning of the 1980s, in terms of what, then, was a bow-wave of procurement and modernization of equipment.”
“Only the utter placidity of the water allowed him to discern the effect, and that just for an instant, before the ripples were cleanly split by the gentle bow-wave of the boat.”
“Their car banked around a corner and screamed past them, kicking up a brief bow-wave of hot, dry, exhaust-tinged wind, motor howling like a Bane-Sidhe.”
“Liz swung the car at ninety degrees onto the shore road, sending a white bow-wave up from a snow drift.”
“The hypnotic effect of the rushing waters and the gigantic bow-wave, coupled with the sheer physical shock of the bone-jarring vibrations of the deck and the banshee clamour of the great aero-engines, was almost literally stunning.”
“Jon-Tom peered over the railing to see the playful, smooth, gray-backed shapes sliding easily through the water, hitching a free ride on the boat's bow-wave.”
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