sea·​wor·​thy | \ ˈsē-ˌwər-t͟hē How to pronounce seaworthy (audio) \

Definition of seaworthy

: fit or safe for a sea voyage a seaworthy ship

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seaworthiness \ ˈsē-​ˌwər-​t͟hē-​nəs How to pronounce seaworthiness (audio) \ noun

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The only hope for them is to get the most seaworthy boat and attempt the journey across the Southern Ocean to the nearest habitable place, a little dot in the Southern Ocean some 1,500 km from Elephant Island: South Georgia. Tim Jarvis, Quartz, "Ernest Shackleton’s story teaches us leadership—and also how to fight climate change," 23 Aug. 2019 But many of his scientific advisors worried that U.S. technology wasn’t sufficiently seaworthy for the voyage. David Shribman,, "50 years after Apollo 11, the moon’s allure still resonates," 11 July 2019 Intended to help the Allies strike German U-boats far out in the Atlantic Ocean, the ice ship proved seaworthy, but the plan was scrapped—and its prototype melted with the spring thaw. Susan O'keefe, National Geographic, "EXPLORE THE WORLD WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC," 8 Apr. 2019 The side of a supertanker docked in Cleveland in the hot sun, once a proud seaworthy vessel, now a ragtag museum. David Means, Harper's magazine, "A writer alone with the work," 10 Apr. 2019 Set sail for Saturn’s seaworthy moon Titan, which may sport the ingredients for life. Blaine P. Friedlander Jr., Washington Post, "Skywatch: Saturn, Jupiter and Mars heading for opposition in June and July," 2 June 2018 Criminal gangs who control the coastline take the desperate legions who flock there, charge them exorbitant amounts of money and send them off on boats often barely seaworthy to make the treacherous passage. Dexter Filkins, New York Times, "Why Libya Continues to Burn," 18 May 2018 But to Ballon, the most fascinating element was the preparations for the base’s 48th anniversary celebration: engineers spent days polishing up the boats and tying ropes into ornate, seaworthy knots. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "Bolivia Is Landlocked. Don't Tell That to Its Navy," 11 May 2018 Cabral, a welder who still works for Rafael’s company, has had a lot less work in recent months to keep the green boats seaworthy. David Abel,, "Months after the Codfather went to prison, economic misery persists in New Bedford," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of seaworthy

1798, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of seaworthy

: fit or safe to travel on the sea


sea·​wor·​thy | \ ˈsē-ˌwər-t͟hē How to pronounce seaworthy (audio) \

Kids Definition of seaworthy

: fit or safe for a sea voyage a seaworthy vessel

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