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

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 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'high sea.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of high sea

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about high sea

Statistics for high sea

Last Updated

10 May 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for high sea

The first known use of high sea was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

More from Merriam-Webster on high sea

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with high sea

Comments on high sea

What made you want to look up high sea? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to speak slightingly about or to degrade

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!