high sea

noun

Definition of high sea

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

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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 Kansai International Airport is built on two artificial islands in Osaka Bay, and the high seas flooded one of the runways, cargo storage and other facilities, said the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "Stranded people leave flooded airport after typhoon in Japan," 4 Sep. 2018 The harbor unit has responded to everything from speed demons cruising the high seas to drunken ferry passengers to helicopter crashes. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Avast, Ye Criminals! NYPD Harbor Unit Has Increased Role as Waterways Boom," 1 Oct. 2018 So, if treating yourself means escaping the cold to sail the high seas with the Property Brothers, now's your chance. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Drop Everything, You Can Book A Cruise With The Property Brothers For This December," 5 Sep. 2018 Still, the cat-and-mouse game that smugglers and sanctions enforcers have long played on the high seas isn’t likely to come to an abrupt end soon. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Satellites, Big Data Help U.S. Spy on Smugglers of Iranian Oil," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of high sea

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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