Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wave of symmetrical form which has outrun the wind which produced it.
“In a highly wrought, almost hallucinatory flashback, Peter remembers an adolescent holiday at a lakeside house and a visionary experience he had there, "a sea-swell of feeling, utterly unexpected, a sensation that starts in his bowels and fluoresces through his body, dizzying, giddying.”
“The long sea-swell could be seen breaking over the rocks in the bay, forming a foamy fringe.”
“On the contrary, all the part of the shore between Falls River and Reptile End was a mass of wood, magnificent trees, some straight, others bent, so that the long sea-swell bathed their roots.”
“The impact of seeing her hit me like a tidal sea-swell, stopping the very breath in my lungs.”
“It felt strangely familiar to have the sensation of sea-swell beneath my feet, and I soon recovered the trick of swaying to balance myself with it.”
“The two shores fell away; our prows pitched in a sea-swell.”
“But the heroes, when the contest was ended without fear, loosed the ship's hawsers to the breath of the wind and pressed on through the sea-swell.”
“It sweeps War's lengthening coast, where each sea-swell”
“The party of adventurers sat on their mattress raft in the midst of the wide ocean, with never a ship to be seen; the long sea-swell rolled placidly over the place where their ship had been.”
“Can't you almost catch the spray and sea-swell in its dashing measures, boys?”
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In the water. See also waves-and-waveforms.
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