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Strait of

 (strāt) or Straits of (strāts)
For names of actual straits, see the specific element of the name; for example, Juan de Fuca, Strait of; Florida, Straits of.
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This rampart is pierced by several sally-ports for the convenience of ships and whales; conspicuous among which are the straits of Sunda and Malacca.
Now, as many Sperm Whales had been captured off the western coast of Java, in the near vicinity of the straits of Sunda; indeed, as most of the ground, roundabout, was generally recognised by the fishermen as an excellent spot for cruising; therefore, as the Pequod gained more and more upon Java Head, the look-outs were repeatedly hailed, and admonished to keep wide awake.
I had before me the excellent charts of the Straits of Torres, and I consulted them attentively.
Yet the good ship ploughed straight on, unretarded by wind or wave, towards the straits of Bab-el-Mandeb.
This place he presumed would be somewhere about the Straits of Annian, at which point he supposed the Oregon disembogued itself.
Within the hour we were fairly within the Straits of Gibraltar, the tall yellow-splotched hills of Africa on our right, with their bases veiled in a blue haze and their summits swathed in clouds--the same being according to Scripture, which says that "clouds and darkness are over the land.
Along with the Straits of Hormuz, that would give Iran a second chokepoint on the world's oil supply," he said.
In 2011, 49,798 ships used 30 kilometer-long Istanbul Strait which is one of the most important and also dangerous straits of the world connecting Black Sea and Marmara Sea, while 45,379 ships used Canakkale Strait which is 60 kilometers.
The Samsun-Ceyhan pipeline route has relieved the tanker traffic in the straits of 50 million tons of oil annually," said Turkey's energy minister, adding that if this route had not been built, there would be 24 or 25 tankers passing through the straits each day instead of 20.
Sandwiched between the east coast of Sumatra, Indonesia and the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, lies the 500-mile (800 km) Straits of Malacca, one of the world's most pivotal waterways.
Peranakan, Baba-Nyonya and Straits Chinese (named after the Straits of Malacca) are terms used for the descendants of the early Chinese immigrants to the Nusantara region, including both the British Straits settlements of Singapore, Malacca and Penang and the Dutch-controlled island of Java among other places, who have partially adopted Malay customs in an effort to be assimilated into the local communities.
Students of Asian affairs, historical and contemporary, can hardly afford not to know about the Straits of Malacca.