from The 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.


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  • He was swimming at the surface, his great square head resting on the shallow bow-wave that his progress pushed just ahead of him.

    Country diary: Claxton, Norfolk

  • 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.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • The slug created a downward bow-wave that caused edema and pressure on the optic chiasm.

    Duma Key

  • 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.

    The White Mountains

  • 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.

    Press Briefing By Bob Bell

  • 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.

    Emperor of Ansalon

  • 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.

    The Lonely Sea

  • 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.

    The Day of the Dissonance


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