Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wave of water piled up on a coast or at sea by strong ocean winds.
“Repeated episodes of abrasion and minor bioerosion with modest levels of sorting characterize the taphonomy of the phosphate conglomerate and are consistent with a shallow-marine-to-brackish-water depositional environment between fair-weather and storm-wave base.”
“The storm-wave height of the lower deck was fifty feet, leaving a gap between the deck and the surface of the sea; but in this area it was almost dark and the girders gave a network of cover.”
“Then anger leaped on me like a storm-wave, drumming in my head and shaking my body, so that I was almost mad.”
“He is the foe of all others; he is a power irresistible; the storm-wave that drowneth, the glitter of ice is that well-favoured man.”
“As he dropped this letter into the box a storm-wave of his former bitterness and self-accusation swept over him.”
“A huge storm-wave of yellow dust was rolling out of the southwest; beyond it the heavens were copper-green, and back of that, midnight darkness; while, borne onward by its force, low waves of prairie fire were swept along the ground.”
“Like two white water-lilies on storm-wave wild that rest,”
“Jews and lunatics at a fire in Ancona; aged lazzaroni who get caught in a sudden storm-wave at Naples; and this in spite of the convenient-inconvenient blood-vessels which break when it is necessary, but still make it quite easy for him to perform these Herculean feats and resume his rather interim military duties when he pleases.”
“For all about here -- and this here island o 'Barbados in partic'lar -- I've heard tell be subject to the most dreadful hurricanes that it's possible for mortal man to imagine, and we don't want to go in there and have our ship hove half a mile up into the woods by a storm-wave so that she won't be no more use to us.”
“If he was the breakwater, she was the storm-wave, driven by the gale -- by the wind from afar, of which she felt herself the sport, and sometimes the victim -- without its changing her purpose in the least.”
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