seaway

noun
sea·way | \ ˈsē-ˌwā \

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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The portion of cargo carried by overseas ships carrying up the seaway in recent years has been 5% of the overall tonnage moved on the lakes. Dan Egan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Senate drops measure to exempt ship ballasts from Clean Water Act," 18 Apr. 2018 The average annual cargo loads carried by those seaway vessels has since plummeted to the point that today it could be carried by a single inbound and outbound train from the East Coast. Dan Egan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Senate drops measure to exempt ship ballasts from Clean Water Act," 18 Apr. 2018 The Navy has accepted that the 389-foot long, 3,400-ton Little Rock won’t be able to get under way to her home port of Mayport, Florida until the seaway reopens. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy’s Newest Ship Is Trapped in Canada," 22 Jan. 2018 Later, The National Weather Service in Juneau said the warning was lifted from the Washington border, British Columbia and up to Alaska’s Hinchinbrook Entrance, a seaway southeast of Anchorage. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "Tsunami warnings lifted after massive quake off Alaska," 23 Jan. 2018 Existing in a warm, shallow seaway between today’s Rocky and Appalachian mountains, plesiosaurs lived alongside mosasaurs, the apex predator of their day, resembling a type of watery Komodo dragon. Jack Dura, The Seattle Times, "80 million-year-old remains prepped for North Dakota display," 15 Jan. 2018 As the region warms faster than any other in the world, different industries — from oil production to defense to tourism — are eyeing the newly accessible seaways. Kelsey Lindsey, Alaska Dispatch News, "Coast Guard tests new oil spill technology as Arctic waters open up," 3 Sep. 2017 Researchers hope to use the finished product to help reconstruct the complex environment of the seaway. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "Scientists Are Putting Tens of Thousands of Sea Fossils Online," 22 June 2017 After death, its carcass ended up back-first on the muddy floor of an ancient seaway, where its front half was preserved in 3-D with extraordinary detail. Robert Clark, National Geographic, "It's Official: Stunning Fossil Is a New Dinosaur Species," 3 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of seaway

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

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