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

Examples of sea level in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Otherwise, the next time around, the sea level will be a little higher, and the water will be a little warmer, and physics will push harder. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, 30 Aug. 2021 The former was measured as the ninth consecutive year the global average sea level rose to a new record high. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 27 Aug. 2021 If the country's ice sheet were to completely melt and flow into oceans, the global sea level would rise around 23 feet and Earth's rotation would slow down enough to make the length of a day two milliseconds longer, according to NASA. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 20 Aug. 2021 Global sea level rose permanently by 1.5 millimeters as a result. Rachel Ramirez, CNN, 19 Aug. 2021 The sea level on the Maryland coast could rise nearly two feet by 2050 and more than four feet by 2100, according to projections from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2021 The lake level is currently 40 vertical feet below its maximum elevation of 4,900 feet above sea level. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Aug. 2021 For the next 10,000 years, as the last ice age came to an end and the sea level rose by more than 300 feet, the New Jersey coastline moved steadily west. New York Times, 13 Aug. 2021 Global mean sea level increased by about 8 inches between 1901 and 2018. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, 10 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of sea level

1806, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sea level was in 1806

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11 Sep 2021

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“Sea level.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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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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