rolling wave

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Noun1.rolling wave - a long heavy sea wave as it advances towards the shorerolling wave - a long heavy sea wave as it advances towards the shore
moving ridge, wave - one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water)
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High is the grove of their masts, as they nod by turns on the rolling wave."
Preserving an interval of some few yards between itself and the ship, the Jeroboam's boat by the occasional use of its oars contrived to keep parallel to the Pequod, as she heavily forged through the sea (for by this time it blew very fresh), with her main-topsail aback; though, indeed, at times by the sudden onset of a large rolling wave, the boat would be pushed some way ahead; but would be soon skilfully brought to her proper bearings again.
It was as if we were bathers, up to our shoulders in water, who suddenly are submerged by a rolling wave. An invisible hand seemed to have quietly closed round my throat and to be gently pressing the life from me.
The great wall of vegetation, an exuberant and entangled mass of trunks, branches, leaves, boughs, festoons, motionless in the moonlight, was like a rioting invasion of soundless life, a rolling wave of plants, piled up, crested, ready to topple over the creek, to sweep every little man of us out of his little existence.
All eyes were strained after the little bark as it pulled for shore, rising and sinking with the huge rolling waves, until it entered, a mere speck, among the foaming breakers, and was soon lost to view.
Her sharp, steep prow cut through the river-water and sent two rolling waves to right and to left of us.
In their model, the researchers looked at a phenomenon known as bore-bore capture (BBC), which is when multiple breaking waves, or bores, come together in the surf zone to create one potent rolling wave, which can then cause extreme run-up events.
The team - Alan Ramshaw, Campbell Morgan and Ben Robertson - hauled 32 crackers from the Lake in excellent conditions with a rolling wave.
witnessed a rolling wave of fire romping up the sides of the building as ignition of individual panels dominoed; fortunately no fatalities resulted
Flung to water it danced with dolphins And a rolling wave Skinned alive
2-Syria's calculations of taking it slow in its regional policies, required by the rolling wave of Arab revolutions and changes, have necessitated a "suspension" of the Cabinet issue in Lebanon.
Growing and building like a mysterious dark force through the thick air of a humid tropical night, the wave picks up the equivalent of an airborne ocean, until by daybreak, it appears as an awesome rolling wave; up to three kilometres high, its front face sheer and ominous, its back a turbulent train.