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White squall


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • White squall a squall which comes unexpectedly, without being marked in its approach by the clouds.
    • White squall (Naut) a sudden gust of wind, or furious blow, which comes up without being marked in its approach otherwise than by whitecaps, or white, broken water, on the surface of the sea.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • White squall a tropical whirlwind, coming on without warning other than a small white cloud
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Sw. sqvala, to gush out.


In literature:

White as the sky when a white squall nears, Huddled the crowd of the prisoners.
"Young Adventure" by Stephen Vincent Benet
A squall was making over from the direction of Florida; but then, she and her men laughed at squalls and the white choppy sea at such times.
"Adventure" by Jack London
It was about six in the morning when the blow came on with a white squall, and, as usual, from the northward.
"The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Volume 3 (of 5) of the Raven Edition" by Edgar Allan Poe
So we ran until the 31st of January, when a white squall took us, and nearly proved fatal to all aboard.
"For the Term of His Natural Life" by Marcus Clarke
The sea was flawed with dark blurrs of sudden squalls, and the waves broke harsh and white on La Grune and Bec du Nez.
"Carette of Sark" by John Oxenham
The first was when we encountered a white squall about a week out from England.
"Five Years in New Zealand" by Robert B. Booth
After the storm had raged for two or three days, there came what are called white squalls.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
Where in the mist the rock is hiding, and the sharp reef lurks below; And the white squall smites in summer, and the autumn tempests blow.
"Le Petit Nord" by Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding
The squall was a very heavy one: if not a white squall, not inferior to it in strength and suddenness.
"Salt Water" by W. H. G. Kingston
As we had been caught in a white squall in the islands, of course I was able to answer.
"At Aboukir and Acre" by George Alfred Henty
Most to be dreaded are the sudden gales which, under the name of "white squalls," have sent many a vessel, caught unprepared, to the bottom.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
He glanced seaward at the white-capped squalls chasing one another over the broad blue surface.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
As swiftly as she had gone she came back, like a white squall.
"The Spanish Jade" by Maurice Hewlett
I think that before noon it blew from every point of the compass, and some of the gusts were regular white squalls.
"Harper's Round Table, August 27, 1895" by Various
The white squall had burst upon us.
"A Republic Without a President and Other Stories" by Herbert Ward
Nothing comes on so rapidly and gives so little time for preparation as does a white squall in the Mediterranean.
"The Cruise of the Frolic" by W.H.G. Kingston
And I have seen the same vessel, but a short hour after, drifting on in the darkness to the pitiless rocks before a white squall.
"Harry Milvaine" by Gordon Stables
It reminded me of a white squall in the Indian Ocean.
"The Cruise of the Land-Yacht "Wanderer"" by Gordon Stables
Were not typhoon, white squall, and hurricane His some time playmates?
"Mathieu Ropars: et cetera" by William Young
It's a white squall, I think.
"The Rival Campers Afloat" by Ruel Perley Smith

In poetry:

I see the China steward, the nigger cookie's face;
There's a skysail ship to loo'ard, an' we're goin' to race;
But a black squall comes a-hidin' all the sea an' sky,
An' white horses run a-ridin' with their manes blown high.
"Johnnie Chanteyman" by Bill Adams
Oh, there's no time at sea like the time you're bound home,
When the decks are waist deep in the greeny-white foam;
When she leaps and she lifts to the best of the squall
In December off Stiff — there's the best time of all.
"Home Round The Horn" by Bill Adams

In news:

If a white squall doesn't work, Daly's going with Plan B: sea monster.
INTERVIEWS Jack White Raps on Delta Squall 'Blues on Two Trees' Snippet .
INTERVIEWS Jack White Raps on Delta Squall 'Blues on Two Trees' Snippet.
Lately, the sound of galloping hooves and rustling white sheets has risen in a deafening squall from the Capitol.