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.

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The good-natured seafaring giants will swim right up to human visitors, who can dip their faces into the sea to plant a kiss on the heads of the huge 40-ton sea mammals. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "The Trump Administration's Changes to the Endangered Species Act Risks Pushing More Species to Extinction," 14 Aug. 2019 That exoticism reflects Venice’s glory days as a seafaring empire whose trade routes linked East and West. Blair Kamin,, "Column: Back from Venice, with a fresh take on Chicago’s Venetian Gothic dazzler at 12 S. Michigan," 12 July 2019 There were hats that looked like small seafaring vessels. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "Hats Like Sneezes, Playing at Aristocracy and Other Notes From Royal Ascot," 24 June 2019 ANTHROPOLOGY & LOCAL CULTURES Delve into Norway’s seafaring traditions, from the Viking Age to the Hanseatic trading era and modern-day fishing cultures. National Geographic, "Norway High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 In April, the company came close when the two side boosters executed perfect landings on ground pads in Florida and the center booster hit its target: a seafaring platform called a drone ship. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "SpaceX's Falcon Heavy will launch Bill Nye's science experiment into orbit," 24 June 2019 Of course, a statue of Lenin stands sentinel, and a mural of a seafaring Vladimir Putin reminds you which country now owns the peninsula. Jeff Opdyke,, "Crimea is an unexpected beauty set against an unsettled history," 23 June 2019 Many younger researchers, however, are more open-minded about early seafaring. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Rising Seas Swallowed Countless Archaeological Sites. Scientists Want Them Back," 20 May 2019 Capable of supporting export shipments by rail and seafaring tankers, the expansion projects in Port Arthur and Corpus Christi are expected to boost the company's exports. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Howard Energy Partners poised for more exports after completing two expansion projects," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of seafaring

1592, in the meaning defined above

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19 Aug 2019

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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 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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to shake or wave menacingly

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