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head sea

n.
Waves or current running directly against the course of a ship.
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head sea

n
(Nautical Terms) a sea in which the waves run directly against the course of a ship
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Noun1.head sea - a sea in which the waves are running directly against the course of the shiphead sea - a sea in which the waves are running directly against the course of the ship
sea - turbulent water with swells of considerable size; "heavy seas"
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He was not only useless as an officer and a bad influence amongst the men, but it was plain that at this rate he must soon kill himself outright, so nobody was much surprised, nor very sorry, when one dark night, with a head sea, he disappeared entirely and was seen no more.
This way and that her yards were swung round; starboard and larboard, she continued to tack; now she beat against a head sea; and again it pushed her before it; while all the while, her masts and yards were thickly clustered with men, as three tall cherry trees, when the boys are cherrying among the boughs.
"About as elastic as a head sea off the Fastnet, ain't it?"