sea

noun
\ ˈsē How to pronounce sea (audio) \

Definition of sea

1a : a great body of salt water that covers much of the earth broadly : the waters of the earth as distinguished from the land and air
b : a body of salt water of second rank more or less landlocked the Mediterranean sea
c : ocean
d : an inland body of water used especially for names of such bodies the Caspian Sea
2a : surface motion on a large body of water or its direction also : a large swell or wave often used in plural heavy seas
b : the disturbance of the ocean or other body of water due to the wind
3 : something likened to the sea especially in vastness a sea of faces
4 : the seafaring life
at sea
1 : on the sea specifically : on a sea voyage
to sea
: to or on the open waters of the sea

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Other Words from sea

sea adjective

Examples of sea in a Sentence

the seas of the Southern Hemisphere millions of plants and animals live in the sea

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Stir in the eggs and vanilla, then the flour, baking soda, and sea salt, mixing until everything is well combined. Ashley Rodriguez, Woman's Day, "Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars," 10 Apr. 2019 Details in the skeleton, like the tail, suggest a great maneuverability on both land and sea. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Ancient Pacific Whales Lived On Land Like Rhinos," 4 Apr. 2019 To maximize taste without sacrificing on nutrition, flavor with extra virgin olive oil, herbs, spices, and sea salt. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "How Healthy Is Chickpea Pasta? A Dietitian Weighs In on Nutrition and Weight-Loss Benefits," 25 Mar. 2019 The gods perish, and whatever remains of the world sinks into the sea. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "“Wolf’s jaw” star cluster may have inspired parts of Ragnarök myth," 16 Nov. 2018 Maybe next year global warming will convince the island of Manhattan to slide into the sea. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Breakfast at Facebook at Macy’s," 9 Nov. 2018 For months, the marches were limited to Fridays but Wednesday's protest is the third this week, with new grounds including Gaza's northwestern tip at the Mediterranean where land and sea boundaries converge. Fox News, "Gaza protests escalate after deal to ease blockade fails," 19 Sep. 2018 By one estimate, vessels intentionally discharge some 276,000 tonnes of oily gunk into the sea each year, nearly half as much as the Deepwater Horizon disaster spewed into the Gulf of Mexico. The Economist, "Avast, me hearties," 5 July 2018 Ford says, explaining that the animals procreate by releasing their gametes into the sea and trusting that sperm and eggs will commingle. Degen Pener, Los Angeles Magazine, "What’s Being Done to Revive L.A.’s Decimated Abalone Population," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of sea

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sea

Middle English see, from Old English ; akin to Old High German sea, Goth saiws

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sea

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sea

: the salt water that covers much of the Earth's surface
: a large body of water that is part of the sea or that has land around part or all of it
: an area of the sea

sea

noun
\ ˈsē How to pronounce sea (audio) \

Kids Definition of sea

1 : a body of salt water not as large as an ocean and often nearly surrounded by land
3 : rough water A high sea swept the deck.
4 : something suggesting a sea's great size or depth The speaker looked out on a sea of faces.

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