maritime

adjective
mar·​i·​time | \ ˈmer-ə-ˌtīm How to pronounce maritime (audio) , 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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Port of San Francisco is seeking proposals to redevelop historic maritime structures at piers 38 and 40 as part of a larger plan to transform and renovate up to 13 aging piers. Roland Li, SFChronicle.com, "Dilapidated SF piers near Oracle Park could become offices, retail," 10 Jan. 2020 That is, until the worst maritime disaster in California’s history took place this fall. John Keefe, Quartz, "10 powerful investigations for your year-end reading," 26 Dec. 2019 The defeat that followed only served to reinforce the idea that mummies exercised a power to inflict maritime disaster on the unwary. National Geographic, "Europe's morbid 'mummy craze' has been an obsession for centuries," 10 Dec. 2019 NGOs are under pressure for actively searching for the rickety boats and rubber rafts and are routinely accused of defying orders from European maritime authorities. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aid ship captain slams EU for outsourcing migrant rescues," 3 Oct. 2019 Those outlets are now the focus of an intense investigation as federal officials try to determine the cause of the worst maritime disaster in modern California history, a fire that swept through the dive boat and killed 34 people. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "California boat fire: Conception wasn’t built to charge dozens of phones, batteries and cameras. Did this cause the blaze?," 20 Sep. 2019 The men, all crew members, had escaped one of California’s worst maritime disasters in decades, a fire that authorities said Monday appeared to have claimed dozens of lives. New York Times, "California Boat Fire Kills at Least 20; Haunting Pleas as Flames Erupt," 2 Sep. 2019 The men, all crew members, had escaped one of California’s worst maritime disasters in decades, a fire that authorities said Monday appeared to have claimed dozens of lives. Niraj Chokshi, BostonGlobe.com, "Dozens missing as scuba trip ends in flames and a haunting plea," 2 Sep. 2019 New international maritime rules, scheduled to go into effect on January, may help refiners such as Marathon. Randy Diamond, ExpressNews.com, "Activist investors call for Marathon break-up following Andeavor acquisition," 11 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of maritime was circa 1550

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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Maritime.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maritime. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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More Definitions for maritime

maritime

adjective
How to pronounce maritime (audio)

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 How to pronounce maritime (audio) \

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 How to pronounce maritime (audio) \

Legal Definition of maritime

: of or relating to navigation or commerce on navigable waters

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