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When I was at the beach, I occasionally felt the spray of sea water. Is there any word for it?

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I think it's called "sea spray."

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Are you looking for spindrift ?

Spindrift usually refers to spray, particularly to the spray blown from cresting waves during a gale. This spray, which "drifts" in the direction of the gale, is one of the characteristics of a wind speed of 8 Beaufort and higher at sea. (Wikipedia, "Spindrift")

  • That's interesting -- my first though on reading you answer was "no, spindrift is snow blown off the surface". Apparently I only knew the less-common meaning. – Chris H Oct 16 '15 at 9:49

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