sea power


Definition of sea power

1 : a nation having formidable naval strength
2 : naval strength

Examples of sea power in a Sentence

Britain was the world's greatest sea power at one time. a massive increase in sea power
Recent Examples on the Web Yet these lumbering leviathans wouldn’t have been feasible without the implicit protection of American sea power. Washington Post, "The Hydrocarbon Era’s Spectacular End," 7 Aug. 2019 In 1907, 16 Navy battleships, which came to be known as the ‘‘Great White Fleet,’’ set sail on a 14-month round-the-world voyage to demonstrate American sea power., "In 1653, Oliver Cromwell became lord protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland.," 16 Dec. 2019 Vengeance will not be complete until Japanese sea power is reduced to impotence. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "The Real World War II History Behind the Movie Midway," 8 Nov. 2019 Britain’s sea power, imperialism, parliamentary government, and majority-Protestant religion set it apart from its European neighbors — and not just because of its geographical isolation. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Is England Still Part of Europe?," 12 Sep. 2019 In 2017, engineers working on a sub-sea power link discovered what is believed to be the wreckage of a lost World War II Royal Air Force bomber off the coast of Norway. Fox News, "Eerie US WWII fighter plane that crashed off UK coast given protected status," 12 Nov. 2019 If, however, Iran ignores this array of international sea power and bombs a ship, blasts a U.S. drone, or otherwise misbehaves, Trump already will have in place — just a few miles away — potential partners for a multilateral reprisal. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Trump Should Assemble a Multinational Naval Convoy," 28 June 2019 The other shift, less heralded, was Sea Plan 2000, a bold new idea for reviving American sea power in the face of a Soviet bid for naval supremacy. Arthur Herman, WSJ, "‘Oceans Ventured’ Review: A Bold Plan to Make Waves," 22 July 2018 The escalating territorial disputes in the Pacific between China and America’s allies create an ever-more-urgent need for U.S. sea power. Seth Cropsey, WSJ, "America Can’t Afford to Cede the Seas," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of sea power

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sea power.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sea power

: a country that has a large and powerful navy
: the strength and size of a country's navy

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