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

Examples of sealift in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, following the February agreement, and especially for the recent liberation of Palmyra, Putin sent in more sealifts, advanced ground attack helicopters, and military mining units. Dmitry Adamsky, Foreign Affairs, 3 Apr. 2016 The Navy can’t say for sure how many of its own sealift vessels or those suitable for military use in the commercial fleet might be lost operating in contested waters during wartime. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2023 So without getting into details on the lesser categories of vessels like auxiliaries and sealift, the fiscal 2024 long-range shipbuilding plan is not adequate to assure U.S. maritime dominance over the long run. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2023 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

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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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“Sealift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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