maritime

adjective
mar·i·time | \ ˈmer-ə-ˌtīm , ˈma-rə- \

Definition of maritime 

1 : of, relating to, or bordering on the sea a maritime province

2 : of or relating to navigation or commerce on the sea

3 : having the characteristics of a mariner

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Synonyms for maritime

Synonyms

marine, oceanic, pelagic

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The maritime countries of Portugal and England produced many seafaring explorers during the 16th and 17th centuries, many of whom sailed under the flags of other countries. Sailing for the Spanish, Ferdinand Magellan captained the ship that was the first to circle the world, charting many new maritime routes as it went. Henry Hudson, funded by the Dutch, sailed up what we call today the Hudson River, claiming the maritime area that now includes New York City for the Netherlands.

Examples of maritime in a Sentence

The country's maritime industry is an important part of its economy. She's an expert in maritime law.

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The steps are the only surviving example of 10 passageways to the waterfront commissioned by William Penn in the early 1700s to promote maritime commerce and transportation, according to a plaque at the site. Jacob Adelman, Philly.com, "Central Philly waterfront agency seeks developer for lot near Ben Franklin Bridge," 9 July 2018 Near Boundary Pass, the deep-water strait that, as the name suggests, marks the U.S.-Canada maritime border, Jay checked a Facebook page that whale-watching tour operators use to notify each other of sightings. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "An Unmissable Outdoor Adventure in Canada’s Gulf Islands," 21 June 2018 The ministers are also likely to announce a strengthening of maritime operations, particularly in the Mediterranean Sea, where Russian ships have been shadowing allied vessels. Fox News, "NATO meets to show resolve over Russia, paper over divisions," 7 June 2018 The command will oversee ships, aircraft and landing forces on the East Coast and northern Atlantic Ocean, and will be responsible for training forces and conducting maritime operations in the region. CBS News, "Launch of new naval command reflects concerns over Russian presence in Atlantic region," 5 May 2018 So when Termote went down for the first time last June, maritime police were standing by and coastal radar had been alerted; a 1,000-foot exclusion zone kept commercial shipping from the dive site. Joshua Levine, Smithsonian, "The Hunt for the Notorious U-Boat UB-29," 19 Apr. 2018 According to Jim Walker, a lawyer who specializes in maritime litigation, this is not the first time a zip-line excursion in Roatan has resulted in injuries. Samantha Schmidt, ajc, "Tourists on honeymoon collide while zip-lining, leaving husband dead and wife injured," 10 July 2018 According to Jim Walker, a lawyer who specializes in maritime litigation, this is not the first time a zip-line excursion in Roatan has resulted in injuries. Samantha Schmidt, Anchorage Daily News, "Tourists on honeymoon collide while zip-lining, leaving husband dead and wife injured," 10 July 2018 On territorial conflicts with China, the leaders called for all nations to abide by international maritime rules in the South China Sea, without mentioning Beijing specifically. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "Protectionism Concerns, North Korea Dominate Asean-Australia Summit," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of maritime

circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for maritime

Latin maritimus, from mare

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11 Sep 2018

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The first known use of maritime was circa 1550

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More Definitions for maritime

maritime

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of maritime

: of or relating to sailing on the sea or doing business (such as trading) by sea

: located near or next to the sea

maritime

adjective
mar·i·time | \ ˈmer-ə-ˌtīm \

Kids Definition of maritime

1 : of or relating to ocean navigation or trade maritime law

2 : bordering on or living near the sea maritime nations

maritime

adjective
mar·i·time | \ ˈmar-ə-ˌtīm \

Legal Definition of maritime 

: of or relating to navigation or commerce on navigable waters

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