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1The push or surge created by a wave.
- ‘To each foaming scend the ship drove in a curtsey of fury.’
- 1.1 A pitching or surging movement of a vessel.
(of a vessel) pitch or surge up in a heavy sea.
throw, fling, cast, toss, hurl, lob, pitch, send, dash, let flyView synonyms
- ‘She scended forward, heavily and sickly, on the long swell.’
Late 15th century (as a verb): alteration of send or descend. The noun dates from the early 18th century.
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