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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seafaring adjective

Examples of seafaring in a Sentence

He began a life of seafaring.
Recent Examples on the Web Black seafaring wasn’t limited to the horrific Middle Passage. Karen Carmichael, National Geographic, "Set sail with these 10 books about epic ocean voyages," 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, "China in the global spotlight as its annual political congress gets underway," 18 May 2020 The seafaring life can be tough even in normal times. Alex Davies, Wired, "The Pandemic Strands Some Ship Crews at Sea, Others On Shore," 11 May 2020 Watch full NBC News interview with China’s executive vice foreign minister April 29, 202031:38 Tension has been simmering in the South China Sea, of late, particularly between China and its Asian seafaring neighbors Malaysia and the Philippines. NBC News, "China says it 'expelled' U.S. Navy vessel from South China Sea," 29 Apr. 2020 In a memorable scene, Mr. Brower wrote of Dr. Dyson’s reunion with his son, George, who had turned his back on high technology to live in a treehouse in British Columbia and build a seafaring canoe. George Johnson, New York Times, "Freeman Dyson, Math Genius Turned Technological Visionary, Dies at 96," 28 Feb. 2020 In a memorable scene, Brower wrote of Dyson’s reunion with his son, George, who had turned his back on high technology to live in a treehouse in British Columbia and build a seafaring canoe. George Johnson,, "Freeman Dyson, physicist who wrestled with moral questions, dies," 29 Feb. 2020 Up top Time magazine picked Greta Thunberg, the seafaring climate change activist from Sweden, as the publication’s Person of the Year. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "The European Commission President Announced a European Green Deal, Targeting a Carbon Neutral E.U. by 2050," 12 Dec. 2019 The boy found himself among American sailors on a commercial seafaring expedition, one that eventually took him thousands of miles away, to Connecticut. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "How to Save a Dying Language," 9 Dec. 2019

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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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17 Sep 2020

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“Seafaring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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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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