\ ˈsē How to pronounce sea (audio) \

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Located on the island of Elba, Rio Marina is a destination of rare beauty, nestled between the sea and the mountains. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 15 May 2022 The sea cave, often compared to a cathedral because of its impressive size and dome-like interior, has two entrances formed by the constant crashing of the waves against the limestone cliffs. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 14 May 2022 One thing that can relied on with ironclad certainty at Cannes is frequent and ardent overtures to the primacy of the big screen, despite ongoing sea changes in the film industry. Jake Coyle, ajc, 14 May 2022 Richardson had been born in London and had gone to sea at the age of 12, at first working as a cabin boy in the British merchant marine, then working his way up the ranks until becoming a captain. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 May 2022 That didn’t mean millions logging off forever and throwing their laptops into the sea. New York Times, 13 May 2022 Our delicious, deli-style pretzel bagels are best served toasted, slathered in butter and then cream cheese, and topped with scrambled eggs, smoked fish, flaky sea salt, and capers. Gregor Ehrlich, The New Yorker, 13 May 2022 The dead on Dejima would have to be tossed into the sea. Rob Goss, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 May 2022 Green Balkans, a Bulgarian rehabilitation center, reported that a lone common dolphin was found in a harbor in April, whereas common dolphins rarely break from their schools and usually stay in the open sea far from the coast. Naomi Cohen, NBC News, 13 May 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Sea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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\ ˈsē How to pronounce sea (audio) \

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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