high sea


Definition of high sea

: the open part of a sea or ocean especially outside territorial waters usually used in plural

Examples of high sea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the high seas soon quelled conversation, abandoned to the rush of the wind, the rhythmic rise and fall of passing boats under sail and the shifting view of outlying islands. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "Who Needs a Caribbean Yacht When You Can Take the Ferry?," 10 Feb. 2020 Mild tensions have been simmering on the high seas between Russia and the United Kingdom. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for March 27: Coronavirus, health, Israel, Venezuela, Russia," 27 Mar. 2020 Conservationists are concerned that the high seas are being overfished; fishery defenders reply that their fishing helps feed the hungry. J. B. Mackinnon, The Atlantic, "The Rich Meals That Keep Wild Animals on the Menu," 19 Mar. 2020 This is especially true of the high seas, the international waters that cover two-thirds of the ocean. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "Marine parks need to move along with the animals they’re protecting," 21 Jan. 2020 Starting about noon Friday, winter king tides, the highest of the season, will also appear on the coast and, with the high seas, make for dangerous conditions. oregonlive, "Monster 30-foot waves set to hit Oregon coast; high-surf warning issued," 10 Jan. 2020 One study estimated that half of fishing operations in the high seas (waters outside any national jurisdiction) would be unprofitable without government support. The Economist, "What’s the catch? Trade negotiators have missed a deadline to help protect fish stocks," 2 Jan. 2020 New projections show the region is in for higher seas, faster. Alex Harris, sun-sentinel.com, "New projections show that South Florida is in for even more sea level rise," 5 Dec. 2019 Each cabin now has USB ports, which the cruise line calls the fastest high-speed internet service on the high seas, and brand new large flat-screen televisions boasting a number of movies and television shows on demand. Douglas Mackinnon, orlandosentinel.com, "Having sailed both versions, cruiser reviews old Carnival Triumph vs. new Carnival Sunrise," 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of high sea

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“High sea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20sea. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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