sea·​far·​ing | \ ˈsē-ˌfer-iŋ \

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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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 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

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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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a servile follower or underling

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