sea power

noun

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

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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 Also in 2017, engineers working on a sub-sea power link in the North Sea found what is believed to be the wreckage of a World War II Royal Air Force bomber off the coast of Norway. James Rogers, Fox News, "Wreck of WWII ship discovered 74 years after it disappeared during a rescue mission," 25 May 2018 This is not a fait accompli; American sea power can be restored. Seth Cropsey, WSJ, "America Can’t Afford to Cede the Seas," 14 May 2018 The gambler Winston Churchill took chances in 1940, albeit rational ones backed by educated guesses that, for all Hitler’s bluster, the Third Reich had neither the air nor sea power to destroy the Anglosphere. Victor Davis Hanson, New York Times, "When to Wage War, and How to Win: A Guide," 20 Apr. 2018 Over 2,400 years ago, the historian Thucydides had emphasized the military advantages of sea powers, particularly their ability to control commerce and move troops. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Deadly Cost of Mutual Misunderstanding," 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of sea power

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sea power

noun

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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