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

Examples of seaway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The mostly frozen seaway is used in warmer seasons to move some of Russia’s energy exports to overseas markets. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Russia’s Siberian Waters See Record Ship Traffic as Ice Melt Accelerates," 8 Oct. 2020 The dinosaur fossilized under remarkable circumstances: Somehow, the animal ended up dead in a river and was swept more than 100 miles into a seaway that once split North America in two, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Armored dinosaur's last meal preserved in stunning detail," 2 June 2020 The Australian sunshine seaway is a little bit different, as one trunk connecting two far-apart land masses: Australia’s sparsely inhabited Northern Territory and the dense, import-only energy grid of island Singapore. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Australia's Radical Idea to Send Sunshine to Asia Through a Giant Cable," 28 Feb. 2020 The frozen maze skirts the seaway, flowing with jagged cells of ice, and weaves into the hardwood forest behind it. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "Where Trails Are for Skating, Not Hiking," 13 Jan. 2020 Iran has, according to the US and UK, already demonstrated its ability to mine supertankers sailing through the choke point -- a complete strangulation of the world's most important oil seaway would be relatively straightforward. Sam Kiley, CNN, "Any war between the US and Iran would be a catastrophe. And no one could win it," 3 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of seaway

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

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“Seaway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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