sea·​borne | \ˈsē-ˌbȯrn \

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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Iran's navy and its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard routinely conduct seaborne exercises in the Gulf and the strait. Gregg Re, Fox News, "US to restore sanctions suspended under Obama Iran deal," 5 Aug. 2018 In the first 10 months of 2017, total U.S. seaborne crude-oil exports to Asian and European markets were up 150% compared with the same period the year before, according to BIMCO. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Trade Tariffs Could Push Shipping to the Edge," 9 July 2018 As such, Spain’s offer to take the migrants is a victory for Rome, which wants to share the burden of seaborne migration more evenly among its European partners. Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, "Italy to Ferry Migrants It Rejected to Spain," 12 June 2018 Italy has seen 750,000 seaborne migrants arrive on it shores since 2011, a crisis that has generated anger among Italians, some of whom accuse Rome’s European partners of abandoning it. Jeannette Neumann, WSJ, "Spain Offers to End Standoff Between Italy and Malta Over Migrant Boat," 11 June 2018 It was seen as a warning to the world that Iran could block the Strait of Hormuz, a waterway for about one-third of global seaborne oil trade—a threat made before by Iran’s military, but not by this president. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Facing Threats at Home and Abroad, Iran’s President Takes a Harder Line," 11 July 2018 The early years of the 20th century saw the concept of seaborne aeronautics evolve quickly. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "How the American Aircraft Carrier Became King of the Seas," 22 May 2018 The Greater Port of Houston, a network of nearly 200 terminals lining 25 miles of channel, is one of the busiest seaborne cargo hubs on the planet. New York Times, "Just the Fear of a Trade War Is Straining the Global Economy," 16 June 2018 D-Day is considered the largest seaborne invasion in history, when Allied forces invaded Normandy to begin the liberation of Europe under Nazi control. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Trump Slammed Canada for Burning Down the White House. It Didn't, Really," 6 June 2018

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1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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