rough water

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Noun1.rough water - used of the sea during inclement or stormy weatherrough water - used of the sea during inclement or stormy weather
storminess - the state of being stormy; "he dreaded the storminess of the North Atlantic in winter"
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The Marionette, being made of wood, floated easily along and swam like a fish in the rough water. Now and again he disappeared only to reappear once more.
If we had been at sea this fellow would have dived from the ship's side and brought up as many oysters as the whole crew could stomach, even in rough water, for he has dived beautifully off his chariot on to the ground.
However, search efforts were made more difficult due to rough water and winds that may have played into the father and daughter getting swept out.
"Due to the rough water conditions that have materialised following this morning's thunderstorm, Rebellion Official Qualifying which was due to start at 4.20pm (6.20pm) has been postponed until 6pm (8 pm UAE), when race officials will take make a final decision based on the conditions," read a brief statement from organisers.
"We were in rough water and suddenly recognised fire" - about seven sea-miles from the coastline.
51 YEARS AGO (1967) Australia's PM Harold Holt disappeared while swimming in rough water after just two years in office.
"We went really well until the 1,500 meters, but after that, we had some trouble with the rough water. It's been a tough year with some really tough races.
According to Inspector of Fisheries Department, Abdul Shakoor Ronjo, the boat sank due to rough water of sea at Sonmiani area of Lasbella district which carrying 22 fishermen.
As an instructor, he knows he must prepare them for all kinds of situations--and there's a perfect opportunity for hands-on training when he spots a woman in danger in rough water. Kerry Hamilton, a marine mammal veterinarian for the U.S.
But the would-be rescuers encountered such rough water that they couldn't get back to their station.
This time, the event will showcase the world's deepest multi-passenger submersible; the one-wheel self-balancing electric skateboard; the diving machine that can do a 90 degree jump out of water; dune buggies that reach 0-150kmph in less than three seconds, the rough water catamaran; and even a jet ski that turns into a diving machine.
Top-level canoeing instructor Allen Wearmouth believed the kayaks involved in the tragedy were of a type which were difficult to control in rough water.