Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The roll of a ship to windward, in a heavy sea on the beam: opposed to lce lurch.

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Examples

  • At last, a very heavy sea bore her right down upon the boat, lurching over on her beam ends, her main chains struck the boat and sent her down, while I was seized by the scruff of the neck by two of the seamen, and borne aloft by them as the vessel returned to the weather-roll.

    Olla Podrida

  • At every lurch, the mainmast appeared as if making the most violent efforts to disengage itself from the ship: the weather shrouds became like straight bars of iron, while the lee shrouds hung over in a semi-circle to leeward, or with the weather-roll, banged against the mast, and threatened instant destruction, each moment, from the convulsive jerks.

    Frank Mildmay Or, The Naval Officer

  • Well -- we sailed the next day; and such a gale of wind I never saw in all my life -- away went all our masts, and we had nearly been swamped with the weather-roll.

    Frank Mildmay Or, The Naval Officer

  • Well, we sailed the next day; and such a gale of wind I never saw in all my life -- away went all our masts, and we had nearly been swamped with the weather-roll.

    Frank Mildmay The Naval Officer

  • At every lurch, the mainmast appeared as if making the most violent efforts to disengage itself from the ship; the weather shrouds became like straight bars of iron, while the lee shrouds hung over in a semicircle to leeward, or with the weather-roll, banged against the mast, and threatened instant destruction, each moment, from the convulsive jerks.

    Frank Mildmay The Naval Officer

  • She was tossed about like the merest cockle-shell, and every time that she rose upon the crest of a sea, the wind took her rag of a staysail, distending it as though it would tear it clean out of the bolt-ropes, and heeling the vessel over until we could see the whole of her bottom nearly down to her keel; and then her sharp bows would cleave the wave-crest in a perfect cataract of foam and spray, and away she would settle down once more with a heavy weather-roll into the trough.

    For Treasure Bound

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