sea level


Definition of sea level 

: the level of the surface of the sea especially at its mean position midway between mean high and low water

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From New York to Shanghai, coastal cities around the world are at risk from rising sea levels and unpredictable storm surges. NBC News, "How floating architecture could help save cities from rising seas," 9 Apr. 2018 Faced with rising temperatures and sea levels, and strengthening storms, the South Pacific archipelago has moved three villages to higher ground and has plans to move another 43. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Seafood restaurants squeezed by climate change, growing appetites," 6 Apr. 2018 The suits thrown out Monday sought to recover the cost of infrastructure needed to protect against rising sea levels. Bloomberg,, "Judge throws out climate-change lawsuits against big oil companies," 26 June 2018 The waterfront and harbor, scene of the historic Boston Tea Party, provides a rich context for artists exploring issues from migration to trade to rising sea levels. New York Times, "In an East Boston Shipyard, a Watershed Idea for Art," 22 June 2018 Spread over an area roughly the size of Indonesia and vulnerable to rising sea levels, the country uses the dollar as its currency and is highly reliant on U.S. assistance. Julie Wernau, WSJ, "Unbanked: What Happens When a Country Is Financially Cut Off?," 22 June 2018 By 2035, thousands of homes across California will be affected by rising sea levels. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Trump will “maintain family unity” by jailing children with parents," 21 June 2018 As climate change brings the prospect of rising sea levels, defending the country from water is vital to save its people and its cities. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy close to awarding Pine Forest construction contracts," 18 June 2018 The total is equivalent to over 4 quintrillion gallons of water added to the world's oceans, making Antarctica's melting ice sheets one of the largest contributors to rising sea levels. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Global warming has melted over 3 trillion tons of ice in Antarctica since 1992, and it's only getting worse," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of sea level

1806, in the meaning defined above

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10 Nov 2018

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The first known use of sea level was in 1806

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English Language Learners Definition of sea level

: the average height of the sea's surface

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Kids Definition of sea level

: the surface of the sea halfway between the average high and low tides

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