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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The finding, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, reveals that the continent’s ice is shrinking at an unprecedented rate and could mean an even higher sea level rise by 2100. Amina Khan, latimes.com, "Antarctica’s ice is shrinking at an unprecedented rate that could imperil coastal regions worldwide," 13 June 2018 For its Asian neighbours the political and economic costs of defying China, and of helping America police the high seas, are rising. The Economist, "Xi’s world order: July 2024," 7 July 2018 But Italy and Malta held firm despite the heavy diplomatic pressure, with Italy's new interior minister, Matteo Salvini, clearly using the high seas drama as a pretext to force the hand of Italy's European neighbors. Nicole Winfield And Aritz Parra, chicagotribune.com, "Spain offers to take migrant ship amid Italy-Malta standoff," 11 June 2018 Despite the diplomatic pressure, Italy and Malta held firm, with Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini clearly using the high seas drama as a pretext to force the hand of Italy’s European neighbors. Washington Post, "Italy claims EU faces turning point in migrant boat standoff," 11 June 2018 The case is the first apprehension of a large-scale, high seas driftnet vessel since 2014, according to the Coast Guard's statement. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska-based Coast Guard cutter detains Chinese-flagged vessel for suspected illegal fishing," 23 June 2018 The goal is to make the oil majors liable for the greenhouse gases produced from their products and the local damages of climate change: rising average temperatures, melting snowpack, extreme weather like rainstorms and drought, and higher seas. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why Colorado thinks it has a chance to make oil companies pay for climate change," 5 July 2018 The bay west of Tangier, immense on any day, seemed even bigger in the wind and high seas of that afternoon. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018 Even so, Cabo San Lucas and the surrounding area may face a host of hazards including winds gusting over 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, chicagotribune.com, "Bud becomes second straight Pacific storm to explode into a major hurricane," 11 June 2018

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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