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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 bodiesthe 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
Recent Examples on the Web In recent weeks, North Korea has fired a slew of artillery and other rockets into the sea in what experts say is an attempt to improve its military capabilities. Time, "North Korea Says President Trump Sent Them a Letter Offering Coronavirus Cooperation," 22 Mar. 2020 The man in the front sea hit the pizza shop employee in the face before the vehicle sped away, North Canton police said. Jane Morice |, cleveland, "Two arrested, accused of stealing North Canton pizza shop tip jar, running over employee’s leg during escape," 22 Mar. 2020 The late Pulitzer Prize-winning writer took to the seas to retrace the voyages of 18th-century British explorer Captain James Cook. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Travel the world in spite of coronavirus by reading these 10 transporting travelogues," 20 Mar. 2020 Music blared from huge speakers while the future humans of this country, danced, hugged, wrestled, and flipped into the sea from the base of the 30-year old bridge - a senior among this crowd. Christopher Harress |, al, "‘The only corona here is the one I’m drinking’ - Spring break kids mob Alabama beaches despite fears," 19 Mar. 2020 Take the hot pink grid of microscopic capsules or the sea of shimmering bubbles (below). Stat Staff, STAT, "Revealing the hidden beauty of research: MIT’s 2020 images award winners," 18 Mar. 2020 Unlike the sea of anonymous sporty coupes, the McQueen-esque Mustang can seamlessly transform dour daily commutes into exciting excursions. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Our Ford Mustang Bullitt Remains a Lovable Steed Through an Unlovable Season," 16 Mar. 2020 The sea of empty chairs couldn’t cheer for the flips, dives and powerslams. Reece Kelley Graham, Dallas News, "Pro wrestling helped us through crisis once before. It can do the same in the face of coronavirus.," 14 Mar. 2020 But the water was rising fast—and Druckenmiller knew only hours remained before their find was once again swallowed by the sea. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "215-Million-Year-Old, Sharp-Nosed Sea Creature Was Among the Last of Its Kind," 5 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of sea was before the 12th century

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25 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Apr. 2020.

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How to pronounce sea (audio)

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


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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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