sea power


: a nation having formidable naval strength
: 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 While past Marine units have been centered on land power, the MLR recognizes that land, air, and sea power are all interlinked and addresses all three. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 6 July 2023 Frankopan leaves us to imagine what human history might have looked like without Great Britain as a sea power. Ben Ehrenreich, The New Republic, 10 May 2023 Eurasian landmass empires are weaker when compared to the modern Anglo-American archetype of surpassing sea power, free trade with other rich nations, and comparatively limited government. Stephen Kotkin, Foreign Affairs, 6 Apr. 2022 Vernon’s sea power duly secured the Panamanian export hub of Porto Bello (which would give its name to London’s Portobello Road), but the irresolute Wentworth was ignominiously defeated in his halfhearted attempts to capture Cartagena (in modern-day Colombia) and Santiago, Cuba. Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2021 Luria is an ardent proponent of sea power. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 3 Aug. 2022 The concentration of American sea power in the South China Sea is also the largest concentration of F-35 fighter jets at sea, with ten F-35Cs operating from Vinson, ten from Lincoln, and another six F-35Bs from the amphibious assault ship USS America. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 31 Jan. 2022 The Australian subs are intended to complement US and British sea power in Asia and serve as a deterrent to China’s fast-growing navy. Nate Jones,, 7 Mar. 2023 The Australian subs are intended to complement U.S. and British sea power in Asia and serve as a deterrent to China’s fast-growing navy. Craig Whitlock and Nate Jones, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of sea power was in 1752

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“Sea power.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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