\ ˈsē How to pronounce sea (audio) \

Definition of sea

1a : a great body of salt water that covers much of the earth broadly : the waters of the earth as distinguished from the land and air
b : a body of salt water of second rank more or less landlocked the Mediterranean sea
c : ocean
d : an inland body of water used especially for names of such bodies the Caspian Sea
2a : surface motion on a large body of water or its direction also : a large swell or wave often used in plural heavy seas
b : the disturbance of the ocean or other body of water due to the wind
3 : something likened to the sea especially in vastness a sea of faces
4 : the seafaring life
at sea
1 : on the sea specifically : on a sea voyage
to sea
: to or on the open waters of the sea

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Other Words from sea

sea adjective

Examples of sea in a Sentence

the seas of the Southern Hemisphere millions of plants and animals live in the sea

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In 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic relations with Qatar and closed air and sea routes to their neighbor, accusing it of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and extremist organizations. Jared Malsin And Courtney Mcbride, WSJ, "Pompeo Courts Arab Support Against Iran While Touting U.S.’s Mideast Role," 10 Jan. 2019 The team addressed a serious misdeed on Apple’s part, in an effort to bring attention to sea life in general for ocean awareness. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Monterey Bay Aquarium takes Apple to task for its backward squid emoji," 5 Dec. 2018 In the Marine Tent, kids of all ages have hands-on educational opportunities, including sea life touch tank and lobster trap building demonstrations. Necee Regis,, "Here, there, and everywhere," 10 July 2018 These depictions of sea life are meticulous and earnest, if unskilled. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New England museums to visit this summer and fall," 4 July 2018 Updated regularly, here's a list of some of our favorite shows (fictional and not), involving travel by land, air, and sea—and lots and lots of eating. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Travel Shows to Watch on Netflix Right Now," 4 July 2018 Among the sea life present were lobsters, horseshoe crabs, and shellfish. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Mystic Aquarium Touch Tank Visits Avon Library," 3 July 2018 Pirates threaten the open seas, and the same is possible in space. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Ted Cruz Thinks the U.S. Needs To Defend Against Space Pirates," 15 May 2019 PIL’s exposure to African trade fits Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative to connect Asia and Europe through sea, rail and road networks, which Cosco is spearheading. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "Cosco Focuses on Pacific International Lines as Takeover Target," 12 May 2019

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First Known Use of sea

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sea

Middle English see, from Old English ; akin to Old High German sea, Goth saiws

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The first known use of sea was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of sea

: the salt water that covers much of the Earth's surface
: a large body of water that is part of the sea or that has land around part or all of it
: an area of the sea


\ ˈsē How to pronounce sea (audio) \

Kids Definition of sea

1 : a body of salt water not as large as an ocean and often nearly surrounded by land
3 : rough water A high sea swept the deck.
4 : something suggesting a sea's great size or depth The speaker looked out on a sea of faces.

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