white·​cap | \ ˈ(h)wīt-ˌkap How to pronounce whitecap (audio) \

Definition of whitecap

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

Examples of whitecap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Downed trees, hurricane force winds, whitecaps on the bay and widespread power outages were the supporting cast of a drama that played up and down the Golden State. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "With raging fires, high winds and blackouts, California is living a disaster movie. Is this the 'new normal'?," 28 Oct. 2019 Kip Louttit, executive director of the Marine Exchange of Southern California, a nonprofit that monitors ship traffic, said that a whale’s blowhole can be easily confused with the whitecaps of the sea. Los Angeles Times, "In the Santa Barbara Channel, an underwater sound system tries to keep whales and ships apart," 16 Aug. 2019 The promise of kiteboarding is that a wind strong enough to draw small whitecaps from the water can take you on a magic-carpet ride. James Somers, The New Yorker, "How Hackers Won the Water," 13 Sep. 2019 The current is a nice speed, just short of creating whitecaps. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Island H2O Live: Splashing away in Margaritaville water park," 22 Aug. 2019 At midnight, a strong wind blowing from the northeast raised whitecaps in the Dover Strait and high waves swept the beaches, and showed no signs of moderating. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "What the Free Press front page looked like as D-Day unfolded," 5 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of whitecap

1773, in the meaning defined above

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“Whitecap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whitecap. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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white·​cap | \ ˈhwīt-ˌkap How to pronounce whitecap (audio) , ˈwīt- \

Kids Definition of whitecap

: the top of a wave breaking into foam

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