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An old seafaring term meaning to lurch over in a roll, in connection with the motion of a sailing vessel at sea. Thus Sir Henry Mainwaring, in his Seaman's Dictionary (1644): ‘so that seeling is but a suddaine heeling, forced by the motion and force of the sea or wind.’ The word is also used as a noun to describe a sudden or unexpected roll. Glanville, in his Voyage to Cadiz (1625), wrote: ‘Our ship did rolle more and fetch deeper and more dangerous Seeles than in the greatest storme.’

Subjects: Maritime History.

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