sea legs

plural noun

Definition of sea legs

: bodily adjustment to the motion of a ship indicated especially by ability to walk steadily and by freedom from seasickness

Examples of sea legs in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then Craig had to earn his sea legs on a 32-hour ferry ride. National Geographic, "Episode 4: The Tree at the End of the World," 7 July 2020 These machines solved 20-plus variable calculus problems in real-time, constantly, long before digital computers got their sea legs. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Gears of war: When mechanical analog computers ruled the waves," 24 May 2020 Eventually, the Partlows get their sea legs, and for a while their adventures are a cheery postcard for the homebound reader. Elisabeth Egan, New York Times, "This Book Will Take You to Beautiful Places With Palm Trees," 30 Apr. 2020 For those still finding their science-teacher sea legs, . Los Angeles Times, "Got kids under 5? Try these coronavirus-quarantine school resources for parents," 17 Mar. 2020 Once the service finds its sea legs, Oceanic should set sail on a long and satisfying journey. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: Oceanic has fine seafood and a view, but service isn’t shipshape," 4 Dec. 2019 Cleveland seems to getting its sea legs, especially on offense with the edition of running back Kareem Hunt and the return of vintage Baker Mayfield. cleveland, "Cleveland Browns favored to paddle lowly Miami Dolphins: Crowquill," 24 Nov. 2019 Over 500 miles away in Nome, a team of oceanographers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wobbles off the Ocean Star on sea legs, after weeks of gathering data in the warming Arctic. Bill Weir, CNN, "Alaska just had the most ridiculous summer. That's a red flag for the planet.," 9 Sep. 2019 Keep it simple here with red sangria, loaded up with enough tequila, brandy and liqueur to turn your sea legs to jelly. New York Times, "A Very Full Day at Snug Harbor on Staten Island (and Where to Eat and Drink Nearby)," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of sea legs

1712, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jul 2020

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“Sea legs.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sea%20legs. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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sea legs

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sea legs

: the ability to walk steadily and not feel sick while traveling on a boat or ship

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