sea·​borne ˈsē-ˌbȯrn How to pronounce seaborne (audio)
: borne over or on the sea
a seaborne invasion
: carried on by oversea shipping
seaborne trade

Examples of seaborne in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s also a more substantial risk that a multinational war spills over into the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow waterway off Iran’s southern border through which 37% of global seaborne oil exports travel each day. Elisabeth Buchwald, CNN, 17 Oct. 2023 On July 17, the Kerch bridge was hit again, this time by an unmanned seaborne vehicle. Oleksandr Chubko, New York Times, 22 Oct. 2023 The European Union halted Russian seaborne imports of the fuel earlier this year as part of sanctions imposed on Moscow over Russia’s full-scale invastion of Ukraine. Anna Cooban, CNN, 22 Sep. 2023 Russia has already cut its seaborne diesel and gasoil exports by nearly 30% to about 1.7 million metric tons (1.87 million tons) in the first 20 days of September compared with the same period in August, according to traders and LSEG data. Reuters, CNN, 21 Sep. 2023 But Flavio di Giacomo, spokesman for the International Organization for Migration in Rome, said the overriding factor appeared to be the growing number of migrants arriving from Tunisia, which has overtaken Libya as the largest launching point for seaborne migration into Europe. Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2023 Despite the canal’s role as the sole direct Atlantic-Pacific connection for seaborne freight, the low water levels have so far had only a minor effect on U.S. trade. Dominic Pino, National Review, 7 Sep. 2023 The Russian retreat reduced the threat of a seaborne Russian attack on Odesa and helped pave the way for a deal to resume Ukrainian grain exports. Compiled By Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 9 July 2023 China and India are now buying the bulk of Russia’s seaborne oil exports after international sanctions targeting Russia’s energy industry restricted sales to previous buyers in Europe and elsewhere. Stanley Reed,, 3 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of seaborne was in 1823

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“Seaborne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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