sea·​borne | \ ˈsē-ˌbȯrn How to pronounce seaborne (audio) \

Definition of seaborne

1 : borne over or on the sea a seaborne invasion
2 : carried on by oversea shipping seaborne trade

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Recent Examples on the Web China imports more than 70% of seaborne iron ore to feed its steel industry, the world’s biggest. Krystal Chia,, "Top Iron Ore Shipper Says Rally May Cool as Risks Lie in China," 27 Sep. 2020 These new seaborne systems are facing the same hurdles as autonomous vehicles—liability fears, uncertain regulations, and concerns about cybersecurity. Eric Niiler, Wired, "The Robot Ships Are Coming … Eventually," 30 Oct. 2020 Maersk, which transports about 15% of the globe’s seaborne freight, is adapting its business to a world in which a pandemic and ongoing trade tensions are threatening demand for its services. Morten Buttler,, "Maersk Plans Major Restructuring Affecting Thousands of Jobs," 1 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile, seaborne and pipeline deliveries deferred during the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic are expected to finally arrive, further weakening its appetite for supplies from the open market., "China Seen Skipping Winter LNG Feast With Storage Brimming," 27 Aug. 2020 More than half of the vessels are very large crude carriers, the workhorses of seaborne oil trade, which can move up to two million barrels each in a single sailing. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Tankers Waiting for Weeks off Congested China Ports, Oil Facilities," 12 Aug. 2020 Almost all the seaborne trade in iron ore goes there. The Economist, "Buttonwood The reasons behind the spectacular rally in metal prices," 11 June 2020 Clarkson said seaborne trade, which stands at around 12 billion metric tons, will contract by 600 million metric tons this year, the biggest fall in more than 35 years. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Ship Orders Crash as Coronavirus Takes a Toll on Seaborne Trade," 27 Apr. 2020 In the event of war, these vessels would be set loose on British shipping lanes, posing an existential threat to an Empire held together by seaborne trade. Haomiao Huang, Ars Technica, "How computational power—or its absence—shaped World War naval battles," 25 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of seaborne

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Seaborne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of seaborne

: carried in a ship sailing across the sea
: involving or using ships that sail across the sea

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