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    waves that do not break

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    a slow, regular movement of the sea in rolling waves that do not break
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    How do I understand "waves that don't break"?
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    Re: waves that do not break

    Some waves get taller and taller until they get near the shore. Then typically they break up - typically with a frothy top [hence the expression 'white horses']. That's called breaking ; it's the change from a predictable movement to the chaotic 'death' of the wave.

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    'White horses' is fairly commonly used metaphor that refers to rough seas. This search gets 137,000 hits.
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    Re: waves that do not break

    So, "waves that do not break" are those that move slowly, being small (or get smaller and smaller on reaching a shore), right?


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    Re: waves that do not break

    Depending on weather and the tides, some waves roll gently to the shore. At other times, the waves break.

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