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Definition of sea 

1a : a great body of salt water that covers much of the earth broadly : the waters of the earth as distinguished from the land and air

b : a body of salt water of second rank more or less landlocked the Mediterranean sea

c : ocean

d : an inland body of water used especially for names of such bodies the Caspian Sea

2a : surface motion on a large body of water or its direction also : a large swell or wave often used in plural heavy seas

b : the disturbance of the ocean or other body of water due to the wind

3 : something likened to the sea especially in vastness a sea of faces

4 : the seafaring life

at sea

1 : on the sea specifically : on a sea voyage

to sea

: to or on the open waters of the sea

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Other Words from sea

sea adjective

Examples of sea in a Sentence

the seas of the Southern Hemisphere millions of plants and animals live in the sea

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His latest interview with the Daily Caller shows a president who’s fundamentally out to sea. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Trump’s latest interview shows a president who’s in way over his head," 15 Nov. 2018 That means winds—known as the Diablos in Northern California and Santa Anas farther south—blow downslope over the Sierra Nevada mountains and out to sea. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "What is going on with California’s horrific fires?," 13 Nov. 2018 The latest game from Papers, Please creator Lucas Pope tasks you with solving the mystery of the titular Obra Dinn, a ship that washed up on shore in 1807, five years after it was believed to be lost at sea. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The grisly mystery of Return of the Obra Dinn will make you obsessed," 18 Oct. 2018 After two decades at sea, Brito e Abreu felt a strong pull toward home. Gisela Williams, ELLE Decor, "A Portuguese Family Manor is Transformed Into a Heritage-Rich Island Getaway," 17 Sep. 2018 Hurricane Chris will be moving out to sea off the East Coast with little impact to the mainland. Tom Skilling,, "After Wednesday, brace for a string of days in the 90s," 10 July 2018 Mr Abiy said his counterpart had agreed to grant access to Eritrea’s ports, a boon for Ethiopia which lost its main route to the sea with the outbreak of war. The Economist, "Ethiopia and Eritrea put an end to two decades of conflict," 10 July 2018 Separately, the state board expects to release later this year a parallel proposal for allowing more of the Sacramento River watershed to cascade through the Delta and wash out to sea. Dale Kasler, sacbee, "California has a new plan for allocating its water, and it means less for farmers," 6 July 2018 And now, the first footage of The Real Housewives of New York City‘s disastrous voyage to sea is here, in the all-new midseason trailer. Dave Quinn,, "See the First Footage of RHONY's Colombia 'Boat Ride from Hell' in Scary Midseason Trailer," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of sea

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sea

Middle English see, from Old English ; akin to Old High German sea, Goth saiws

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

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English Language Learners Definition of sea

: the salt water that covers much of the Earth's surface ( literary )

: a large body of water that is part of the sea or that has land around part or all of it

: an area of the sea


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Kids Definition of sea

1 : a body of salt water not as large as an ocean and often nearly surrounded by land

3 : rough water A high sea swept the deck.

4 : something suggesting a sea's great size or depth The speaker looked out on a sea of faces.

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