high sea


Definition of high sea

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

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More like floating islands, vegetation mats as big as baseball infields have occasionally been spotted by sailors on the high seas. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "A Primer to Our Planet of Monkeys," 12 June 2019 As a result of modern fleet technology, overfishing in both Japanese coastal waters and high seas areas has led to the depletion of many whale species. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Japan will resume commercial whaling in July after a 30-year break," 9 June 2019 Even so, Cabo San Lucas and the surrounding area may face hazards including winds gusting exceeding 60 mph, 5 to 10 inches of rain, as well as high seas and dangerous waves when the storm makes its closest approach Thursday or Friday. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Bud becomes second straight Pacific storm to explode into a major hurricane," 11 June 2018 Trimaran hulls offer increased stability in high seas and wider hulls to accommodate side-by-side aircraft hangars. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China's New Frigate Design Looks Awfully Familiar," 23 Feb. 2017 Up until about 118,000 years ago, the cave was flooded, thanks to higher sea levels. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "Neanderthals, the World’s First Misunderstood Artists," 22 Feb. 2018 Modifying Boston’s buildings and land so the city can withstand higher sea levels will carry a steep price. Tim Logan, BostonGlobe.com, "Waterfront developers prepare for a sea change," 10 Feb. 2018 More melting ice means higher sea levels, which would lead to higher storm surges and more coastal flooding, putting millions more people at risk around the world. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Greenland’s ice sheet is melting at its fastest rate in centuries," 8 Dec. 2018 Larger storms and heavier downpours are both strong signals because higher sea surface temperatures mean more water vapor will be absorbed by the atmosphere. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Hurricane Florence will dump up to 50 percent more rainfall due to climate change," 13 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of high sea

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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