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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The California coast is disappearing under the rising sea. Julia Wick, latimes.com, "Essential California Week in Review: Secret society of tattooed sheriff’s deputies?," 13 July 2019 Once the property of Pope Clement VIII and only recently opened to the public, this shady walled garden rises 30 feet from its base of ruins dating to the 2nd century A.D., catching cooling sea breezes from a spacious balcony. Washington Post, "Rome’s seven hills offer seven green respites from summer’s crowds," 12 July 2019 It's made with a blend of marine algae and sea minerals to plump skin with moisture and give it that lit-from-within glow. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "This Luxe La Mer Skin-Care Is Sure to Sell Out During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale," 12 July 2019 Almost immediately, the yellow line of security broke and the purple sea of fans descended. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City fans show commitment with rumble around concourse during Open Cup win," 12 July 2019 By midday Friday, however, hopes of finding Zixin -- alive or dead -- had faded as the search operation was called off amid rainy weather and choppy sea. Steven Jiang, CNN, "Zhang Zixin: Chinese police rush to find missing girl as case grips nation," 12 July 2019 But in the United States alone, rising seas are already causing chronic and acute flooding, and ocean floodwaters will likely claim some coastal communities in the not-too distant future. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Why We’re Challenging the 2020 Democrats to a Climate Summit," 11 July 2019 Time for an aperitivo at a busy wine bar, then dinner overlooking the sea. Frances Mayes, National Geographic, "Discover Italy’s most delicious secret," 11 July 2019 In Moana, the title character feels called to that special, magical place where the sky meets the sea. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "How to Make a DIY Moana Halloween Costume," 9 July 2019

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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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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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