Definition of head sea in English:

head sea


  • A mass of waves coming from directly in front of a ship.

    ‘we tried out the boat in a steep head sea’
    • ‘The 31 is easily controlled whether in head seas, following seas, fighting a fish or docking at a marina.’
    • ‘Soon the Prince of Scandinavia reached the North Sea, picked up speed, and took on a gentle movement in a slight head sea.’
    • ‘The vessel displays the expected excellent sea keeping of the Interceptor 42 providing a soft ride into head seas and excellent handing down wind in following seas.’
    • ‘The wind then came ahead creating very heavy head seas that continually broke over the ship's bow leaving it awash for minutes at a time.’
    • ‘Indeed, in a head sea of any magnitude, solid water often swept over the pilothouse.’
    • ‘Grady's hull is designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates and has some serious deadrise amidships - about 30 degrees - and is designed to slice through head seas yet give stability at the dock or while trolling.’


head sea

/ˈhɛd siː/