from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A gale or breeze coming from the sea, generally accompanied by thick weather.


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  • "One learns here upon the coast to brave the clouds; we have, to be sure, a sea-turn just now, and perhaps there will be fog-showers by-and-by, but nothing that need prevent our excursion."

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864

  • A little shiver ran over Eve, but no soul saw it; in an instant she knew the sound that had all day haunted the sea-turn; yet she could neither smile nor be angry at Luigi's simplicity; with a peremptory motion of her hand, she only waved him away, and fortified herself among her companions, who, thoroughly awakened, made the night ring as they wended along.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 84, October, 1864

  • This, for some hidden reason, the wind refused to let them do, and when it found them obstinate brought an accomplice upon the scene, and they suddenly surprised themselves rocking this side the bar, and caught in the vapory fringes of a dark sea-turn, that, creeping round about, had soon so wrapped and folded them that they could scarcely see the pennon drooping at their mast-head.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 84, October, 1864

  • That suddenly opened north door of middle life, through which the winter winds rush in, sweeping out of the southern windows all the splendors of the earlier time; it is like a sea-turn in late summer.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 28, February, 1860

  • But -- well -- the veil of sea-turn that half-hid the buildings across the square made me feel the need of some kind of greeting -- I expected one!

    The Best Short Stories of 1915 And the Yearbook of the American Short Story

  • There had been a "sea-turn" during the morning with the wind southerly, and toward noon it set in rainy.

    When Life Was Young At the Old Farm in Maine

  • That was Taggett; and presently his influence began to be felt like a sea-turn.

    The Stillwater Tragedy

  • Mr. Choate said: "Cold to-day, hot to-morrow; mercury at eighty in the morning, with wind at southeast; and in three hours more a sea-turn, wind at east, a thick fog from the bottom of the ocean, and a fall of forty degrees; now, so dry as to kill all the beans in New Hampshire; then, a flood, carrying off the bridges on the Penobscot; snow in

    Modern Eloquence: Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z


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