whitecap

noun
white·​cap | \ˈhwīt-ˌkap, ˈwīt-\

Definition of whitecap 

: a wave crest breaking into white foam usually used in plural

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But suddenly just after 7 p.m., whitecaps rapidly appeared on the water and winds increased, the NTSB said. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Duck boat capsized amid fast-changing conditions on Missouri lake, NTSB says," 28 July 2018 The previous day, the massive winds had churned the ocean up to IMAX proportions, crumbling slabs of icy whitecaps that exploded when the onshore winds threw them onto the rocky coast. Billy Baker, BostonGlobe.com, "When nor’easter’s howl comes, he goes surfing," 20 Mar. 2018 Even here, Julia Morgan, bougainvillea cascading, the On/Off of whitecaps, white lines of the freeway, cows on the hillsides (live stock), and stars like a landscape in a landscape of gravity holding it all. David Roderick, San Francisco Chronicle, "State Lines: Kathy Fagan’s ‘Ode to Julia Morgan’," 14 Feb. 2018 Local media broadcast video of whitecap waves churning the city's normally placid canals of Xochimilco as boats bobbed up and down. Mark Stevenson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mexico City rocked by major earthquake," 20 Sep. 2017 Local media broadcast video of whitecap waves churning the city's normally placid canals of Xochimilco as boats bobbed up and down. Mark Stevenson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mexico City rocked by major earthquake," 20 Sep. 2017 Local media broadcast video of whitecap waves churning the city's normally placid canals of Xochimilco as boats bobbed up and down. Mark Stevenson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mexico City rocked by major earthquake," 20 Sep. 2017 Local media broadcast video of whitecap waves churning the city's normally placid canals of Xochimilco as boats bobbed up and down. Mark Stevenson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mexico City rocked by major earthquake," 20 Sep. 2017 Local media broadcast video of whitecap waves churning the city's normally placid canals of Xochimilco as boats bobbed up and down. Mark Stevenson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mexico City rocked by major earthquake," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of whitecap

1773, in the meaning defined above

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whitecap

noun
white·​cap | \ˈhwīt-ˌkap, ˈwīt-\

Kids Definition of whitecap

: the top of a wave breaking into foam

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