\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Six species of sea turtles, all of them endangered or threatened, are found in U.S. waters. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Cherry blossom crowds, roller coaster return, farmworker fears: News from around our 50 states," 2 Apr. 2021 When water temperatures drop below about 50 degrees (10 degrees Celsius), sea turtles become lethargic and are unable to swim. Jamie Stengle, ajc, "About 4,300 cold-stunned turtles survived the Texas freeze," 25 Mar. 2021 These pieces, which are traditionally engraved with one's Hawaiian name in black Old English script (as a nod to their origin), can depict tropical flowers, sea turtles, or just about anything that can be etched in gold. Whitney Robinson, Travel + Leisure, "Here’s Where to Find the Best Handmade Crafts on Oahu, From Jewelry to Ukuleles to Panama Hats," 22 Mar. 2021 The dunes are home to prickly pear and yucca, while the beach itself—short on services—is popular with nesting sea turtles. Adam H. Graham, WSJ, "Where Can I Travel for Spring Break? Consider the Sun Belt," 19 Mar. 2021 Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort in Akumal Mexico Settled between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, this resort offers nearly a mile of white sandy beaches, snorkeling with sea turtles and access to a colorful, live colorful reef. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "TripAdvisor’s top all-inclusive resorts for your next vacation," 8 Mar. 2021 Native to Argentina, these black-and-white lizards grow to nearly 5 feet long and have a diet that includes the eggs of birds and reptiles that nest on the ground, like alligators, gopher tortoises and sea turtles. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | OTHERS SAY: Snakes in the grass," 7 Mar. 2021 During the observational portion of the study, researchers found that rats usually arrived at nests first, about an hour after the sea turtles left, but would retreat once kukri snakes arrived. Sara Tabin, Forbes, "More Predators Might Be Better For Turtle Eggs, Study Suggests," 5 Mar. 2021 There were 11,591 cold-stunned sea turtles reported along the Texas coast due to the recent freeze, according to the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network. Matt Watt, San Antonio Express-News, "Freeze hurts fisheries but not to dire degree," 4 Mar. 2021

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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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11 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Sea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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