sea·​way | \ ˈsē-ˌwā How to pronounce seaway (audio) \

Definition of seaway

1 : the sea as a route for travel also : an ocean traffic lane
2 : a moderate or rough sea
3 : a deep inland waterway that admits ocean shipping

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This is about the safety of British and international shipping in one of the most important seaways in the world. Los Angeles Times, "Britain mounts diplomatic response for Iran to release tanker," 20 July 2019 There are competing explanations for what’s going on in the narrow seaway through which 21% of the world’s crude oil currently passes. Rockford Weitz, The Conversation, "What is at stake in the Strait of Hormuz?," 19 July 2019 Brokers in Singapore and London said the seaway carries a high-risk premium—now, more than any other seaborne trade route. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Gulf of Oman Attacks Scramble a Crucial but Dangerous Shipping Route," 13 June 2019 At about 96 million years old, this site dates to the Cretaceous period, a time when a vast seaway stretched from western Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Fossils of oddball crocodile relative found in Texas suburb," 10 June 2019 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo publicly blamed Iran for the assault on the two boats, which both caught on fire and were not in danger of sinking in the critical seaway for crude oil. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Fuel Tanker Attacks Revive Debate Over Saudi Arms Sales," 14 June 2019 And at that time, the region of Utah now encompassing Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was sandwiched between the seaway and a mountain range comparable to the modern Andes. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, "Tyrannosaurus Rex: Scary. Smart. Social?," 12 Apr. 2019 As the Cretaceous ended, this seaway shrank—and so did the volume of sediments needed to preserve fossils. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Would dinosaurs have died without an asteroid strike? Here's the science.," 6 Mar. 2019 Diplodocus-like neosauropods were thought to have never made it to East Asia because this region was cut-off from the rest of the world by Jurassic seaways, so that China evolved its own distinctive and separate dinosaur fauna. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New 'Amazing Dragon' Dinosaur Upends What We Thought We Knew About Sauropods," 26 July 2018

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First Known Use of seaway

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

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