seafaring

noun
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.

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At the other extreme of the country from the mountain peaks of Ladakh are the low-lying Andaman and Nicobar Islands where voting machines were transported by various seafaring vessels for Thursday’s vote. Amrit Dhillon, The Seattle Times, "Poll workers journey to reach India’s most remote voters," 14 Apr. 2019 The royal family has a long history of seafaring—the first official royal yacht was the HMY Mary (HMY stands for His or Her Majesty's Yacht), gifted to Charles II by the Dutch in 1660. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Story Behind the Royal Family's Yacht, Britannia," 30 Sep. 2018 They were shared through seafaring cultures, pushing the seaworthiness of Europeans back around 2,000 years. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Stonehenge Might Have Its Roots With Ancient Sailors From France," 12 Feb. 2019 The Dutch Republic, which lasted only a few decades as a seapower, re-created Venice on the North Sea, complete with canals and a visual culture that displayed the romance of seafaring and the vitality of thriving ports. William Anthony Hay, WSJ, "‘Seapower States’ Review: Ruling Over the Seas," 23 Nov. 2018 As befits a story about seafaring and the dank nether reaches of the mind, nautical images slosh throughout. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, "‘Dark Water’ Review: Unfathomable Depths," 28 Dec. 2018 The seafaring adventure was the last attraction Walt Disney would personally work on. Maria Carter, Country Living, "Fifty Years Ago, Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean Revolutionized Theme Park Rides," 17 Mar. 2017 Last year, the seafaring superrich spent $2.9 billion on these vessels — a 21 percent increase from 2016 — according to the Superyacht Intelligence Agency (which is real). Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "What are rich people buying now? Superyachts, apparently.," 8 Nov. 2018 Post-boating, history buffs can visit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for tours and exhibitions on the rich past of the seafaring town. Lauren Sheffield, Harper's BAZAAR, "This East Coast Getaway Is the Perfect Alternative to The Hamptons," 26 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for seafaring

seafaring

noun

English Language Learners Definition of seafaring

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

seafaring

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

Kids Definition of seafaring

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or employed in sailing

seafaring

noun

Kids Definition of seafaring (Entry 2 of 2)

: sailing on the sea as work or as recreation

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