sea·​lift ˈsē-ˌlift How to pronounce sealift (audio)
: transport of military personnel and especially equipment by ship
sealift transitive verb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The concept behind Liberty Lifter is to create a sort of hybrid delivery system that combines the speed of airlift with the efficiency of sealift. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Feb. 2023 The agency points out that traditional sealift using cargo ships is very efficient, but slow and reliant on the use of ports. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 27 May 2022 To fulfill its need for strategic sealift, the Navy got congressional permission to buy used ships at one-tenth the cost. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, 29 Apr. 2021 Recent shipping data shows no recorded vessels around Mayun, suggesting whoever provided the sealift for the latest construction turned off their boats' Automatic Identification System tracking devices to avoid being identified. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, 25 May 2021 No great naval power in time of conflict has succeeded without a robust sealift and merchant-marine and convoy-escort capability. Jim Talent, National Review, 3 May 2021 China has been working for the past 15 years to overcome its most glaring shortcoming: the lack of adequate sealift to ferry a sufficient invasion force across the 110-mile-wide Taiwan Strait. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, 11 Mar. 2021 Taiwan’s military forces have long held a technological edge over Chinese forces, which also lack the air and sealift to mount an invasion across the 80-mile-wide Taiwan Strait. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 29 Oct. 2020 Burlington, like the other ships in the EPF program, will provide our commanders high-speed sealift mobility and agility. Erin Edgemon,, 24 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sealift was in 1948

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Cite this Entry

“Sealift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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