sea·​port | \ ˈsē-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce seaport (audio) \

Definition of seaport

: a port, harbor, or town accessible to seagoing ships

Examples of seaport in a Sentence

Boston is a major seaport in the northeastern U.S.
Recent Examples on the Web The forum is intended to help governors and their advisers learn about smart transportation policy and technology approaches to easing congestion on the nation's roads, railways, seaports and airports., "Governors of 4 states, including Maryland, to take part in transportation summit," 25 Aug. 2019 Countries, notably Russia, are building numerous airports, seaports and other infrastructure. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Nations Get Busy Inside the Arctic Circle," 11 Aug. 2019 In the event of a conflict, the missiles could be used to take out critical infrastructure—such as airports, seaports and rail hubs—raising the cost for the U.S. of coming to the aid of its allies. James Marson, WSJ, "NATO Defense Ministers Weigh Responses to Russian Missile Threat," 14 Feb. 2019 Baltimore, a once-thriving American seaport, has undeniable drug and violent crime challenges. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Boy, 2, wounded by gunfire when shots are fired into vehicle," 12 Oct. 2019 The rusting seaport called Kholmsk is one of the sleepiest harbors in Russia’s Far East, a place that sees more full moons than coal ships in a typical year. Joby Warrick, Washington Post, "High seas shell game: How a North Korean shipping ruse makes a mockery of sanctions," 3 Mar. 2018 The Golden Ray was stuck in a shipping channel, closing one of the busiest US seaports., "Coast Guard drills into capsized ship to rescue more crew members - The Boston Globe," 10 Sep. 2019 The port is one of the busiest U.S. seaports for shipping automobiles. Fox News, "Rescue crews search for crew members aboard overturned cargo ship, concerns about stability," 9 Sep. 2019 The Golden Ray is now stuck in the shipping channel, closing one of the busiest U.S. seaports for shipping automobiles. Jeff Amy And Stephen Morton,, "Coast Guard rescuers pull 4 trapped crewman alive from cargo ship that capsized off Georgia coast," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of seaport

circa 1520, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of seaport was circa 1520

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3 Dec 2019

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“Seaport.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of seaport

: a town or city with a harbor where ships stop to load and unload cargo


sea·​port | \ ˈsē-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce seaport (audio) \

Kids Definition of seaport

: a port, harbor, or town within reach of seagoing ships

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