sea level


: the level of the surface of the sea especially at its mean position midway between mean high and low water compare ground level sense 1a

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Biden administration will also give $25 million to Quinault Indian Nation in Washington state for relocation, due to threats its Taholah Village faces from sea level rise, storm surges and flooding. Riley Rogerson, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Dec. 2022 Because it’s on the edge of the lagoon, the property will be affected in the long term by sea level rise and in the next few years by a separate project to excavate and revitalize the entire stagnant lagoon, Shapiro said. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Nov. 2022 But experts say climate change and sea level rise make long-term solutions an almost impossible task. Lori Rozsa, Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2022 Moreover, many repercussions from 2 degrees of warming, including sea level rise, will unfold over generations. Stephen Lezak, The New Republic, 22 Nov. 2022 In 1991, then the chair of AOSIS, the island nation of Vanuatu proposed a scheme to pay small island states when their land became unlivable as a result of sea level rise. Time, 20 Nov. 2022 Then, about 4,000 to 6,000 years ago, the sea level rise from the last ice age started slowing down and plants along the coastlines were finally able to put down roots. Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Dec. 2022 But architects never considered sea level rise or the rapid subsidence of the marsh. Boyce Upholt, WIRED, 19 Nov. 2022 Scientists and researchers have long warned that sea level rise is leading to more erosion and high-tide flooding — particularly during extreme coastal storms. Emma Tucker, CNN, 12 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sea level was in 1806

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“Sea level.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

sea level


: the height of the surface of the sea midway between the average high and low tides

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