sea·​far·​ing | \ˈsē-ˌfer-iŋ \

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.

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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 English clockmaker John Harrison revolutionized long distance seafaring in the 18th century, solving the problem of calculating longitude at sea and devising tools that helped sailors navigate with precision. Eli Meixler, Time, "Who Is John Harrison? Why Google Is Celebrating the English Clockmaker," 3 Apr. 2018 Their seafaring, tropical adventures (which will come into play during the last five episodes) were actually filmed in Cape Town, South Africa — used to overcast Scotland, cast members were reportedly happy to deal with sunburn for a change. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Everything We Know About "Outlander" Season 3," 28 Aug. 2017 In the midst of Driver's retirement from seafaring, the Civil War broke out. Josh Axelrod And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "It's Flag Day. Here are some fun facts about the American flag you may not have known," 14 June 2018 Solidor’s songbook drew from the then-popular genre of tragic seafaring chansons. Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Times, "Review: Savoring ‘One Night’ With a Hedonist Extraordinaire," 13 June 2018 Now a new study suggests some seafaring people may have evolved over thousands of years to push the limits of typical dive responses even further. Angus Chen, Scientific American, "Human “Sea Nomads” May Have Evolved to Be the World’s Elite Divers," 19 Apr. 2018 Their lifestyle goes back at least as far as 1521: That’s when a voyage led by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan — best known as the first to circumnavigate the globe — recorded coming across the seafaring Bajau. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Human 'sea nomads' can dive up to 13 minutes — thanks to this DNA mutation, study finds | Miami Herald," 19 Apr. 2018 Like most seafaring cultures, Vikings used different-sized ships with different abilities. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Vikings Could Have Used Crystals For Navigation," 4 Apr. 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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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 \

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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