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sea turn

sea turn n NEng
A wind off the ocean, often accompanied by fog or rain.
[1643 Williams Key into Language 86, This Southwest wind is called by the New-English, the Sea turne, which comes from the Sunne in the morning, about nine or ten of the clock Southeast, and about South, and then strongest Southwest in the after-noone, and towards night, when it dies away.] 1690 (1892) Hammond Diary 154 MA, Fair weather & seaturns every day. 1792 Belknap Hist. NH 3.23, Sometimes the extreme heat of several days, produces, in the maritime parts, a sea turn, and in the inland parts, a whirlwind. 1815 (1846) MA Hist. Soc. Coll. 2d ser 3.216, The extreme heat of summer is mitigated by sea turns. 1883 Atlantic Mth. 25.765, A dull morning when the sea-turn was beginning to break in a thin, chilly rain. 1896 Jewett Pointed Firs 134 ME, No surprises of sea-turns or south-west sultriness might be feared. 1939 LANE Map 93 (Shower) 1 inf, seMA, Sea turn [si tɜn], a light rain liable to turn into a northeast storm. 1952 Smiley Gloss. New Paltz NH, New Hampshire Expression[:] “A sea turn”—Fog comes in from sea when wind changes. 2001 NADS Letters MA, Sea turn—I’ve heard this used down around Scituate, MA on the South Shore south of Boston, MA and north of Sagamore, MA. It was in reference to weather and the gentlemen had to have been middle aged, but that was ten or fifteen years ago.
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