sea·​far·​ing | \ ˈsē-ˌfer-iŋ How to pronounce seafaring (audio) \

Definition of seafaring

: the use of the sea for travel or transportation

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Other Words from seafaring

seafaring adjective

Examples of seafaring in a Sentence

He began a life of seafaring.
Recent Examples on the Web That created a perpetual underclass of agricultural laborers with limited seafaring experience, Hafstein said. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2021 Drawing inspiration from the folklore of Norse seafaring, period-style oil paintings will depict tales of the deep and intricate carvings of tentacles, barnacles, compasses and more will accentuate porthole frames. Tim Walters, USA TODAY, 29 July 2021 The game is, for the most part, a sublime seafaring sequel. Lewis Gordon, Wired, 15 May 2021 Brendan the Navigator was famous for his sixth-century seafaring. Jacqueline Cutler, Star Tribune, 26 Apr. 2021 On islands spanning from the Taiwan Strait to Polynesia live the Austronesians, best known for their seafaring. Melinda A. Yang, The Conversation, 15 Sep. 2020 Black seafaring wasn’t limited to the horrific Middle Passage. Karen Carmichael, National Geographic, 9 Sep. 2020 Simmering tensions between China and its Asian seafaring neighbors in the energy-rich stretch of water have intensified as China appears more confrontational. NBC News, 18 May 2020 The seafaring life can be tough even in normal times. Alex Davies, Wired, 11 May 2020

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First Known Use of seafaring

1592, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of seafaring was in 1592

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25 Aug 2021

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“Seafaring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of seafaring

: the activity of traveling on the sea especially while working on a boat or a ship


sea·​far·​ing | \ ˈsē-ˌfer-iŋ How to pronounce seafaring (audio) \

Kids Definition of seafaring

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or employed in sailing



Kids Definition of seafaring (Entry 2 of 2)

: sailing on the sea as work or as recreation

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