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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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 Reaching Australia required seafaring skills, navigating boats through strong currents and Wallacea, a transitional zone of islands. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Rising Seas Swallowed Countless Archaeological Sites. Scientists Want Them Back," 20 May 2019 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

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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 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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