seaworthy

adjective

sea·​wor·​thy ˈsē-ˌwər-t͟hē How to pronounce seaworthy (audio)
: fit or safe for a sea voyage
a seaworthy ship
seaworthiness noun

Examples of seaworthy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lacking seaworthy craft or effective beasts of burden (the llama is a prickly porter), Native American communities were largely unable to travel, and so most became inward-oriented. Jeremy Adelman, Foreign Affairs, 1 May 2012 If the ship was not seaworthy — that is, not able to be sailed safely — the ship owner might not be entitled to a limitation of liability. Alex Mann, Baltimore Sun, 1 Apr. 2024 Sometimes a simple miscalculation can cause a crew to lose command of a ship – or cause an otherwise seaworthy ship to hit a bridge. USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2024 And in the few years it’s been open, it’s proven itself to be an exceptionally seaworthy one. Hugh Garvey, Sunset Magazine, 8 Feb. 2024 But despite the decrepit nature of the vessel that has long since been seaworthy, the Philippine government has reportedly kept marines stationed on the vessel to stake claim to the contested area, according to the U.S. Naval Institute. Caitlin McFall, Fox News, 28 Mar. 2024 During a lively, cold, and quite wet sea trial on the Baltic, the offshore prowess of Zens was amply demonstrated via the combination of its seaworthy hull and master builder Zoltan Antunovic as pilot. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 18 Feb. 2024 The bulker reportedly remained seaworthy, and no injuries were reported. NBC News, 15 Jan. 2024 The ship sustained some damage, but no injuries were reported and the vessel remained seaworthy. TIME, 18 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of seaworthy was in 1798

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“Seaworthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seaworthy. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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seaworthy

adjective
sea·​wor·​thy -ˌwər-t͟hē How to pronounce seaworthy (audio)
: fit or safe for a sea voyage
a seaworthy ship
seaworthiness noun

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