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

Examples of seaborne in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Sierra Leone Maritime Administration is the government agency that regulates Sierra Leone seaborne traffic from the capital of Freetown. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, 10 Dec. 2021 Container imports at the largest U.S. gateway for seaborne goods trade fell sharply in November, even as backups of ships waiting to unload cargo at the Southern California ports have been growing. Paul Berger, WSJ, 15 Dec. 2021 The neighboring Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, which handle about 40% of the nation’s containerized seaborne imports, are expected to handle record volumes this year, driven by an increase in consumer spending during the pandemic. Paul Berger, WSJ, 22 Dec. 2021 GridX Africa, after suffering months-long delays in getting seaborne deliveries of Chinese parts for its solar power installations, began using more expensive airfreight to bring in European alternatives. Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2021 The waterway connects the Mediterranean and Red Seas and carries as much as 13% of global maritime trade and 10% of seaborne oil shipments. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, 31 Mar. 2021 But that doesn’t necessarily mean the backlog of seaborne cargo waiting to be processed is shrinking. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2021 In late September, the seaborne containers en route to the U.S. from China arrived, and Mr. Baker was ready. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, 12 Oct. 2021 Today, companies and governments are waking up to the risks of dependence on far-flung suppliers and the absence of shock absorbers in vital links, from seaborne freight to electricity transmission. Greg Ip, WSJ, 20 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of seaborne

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jan 2022

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“Seaborne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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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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