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narrow seas

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(Physical Geography) archaic the channels between Great Britain and the Continent and Great Britain and Ireland
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But directly she is clear of the narrow seas, heading out into the world with nothing solid to speak of between her and the South Pole, the anchors are got in and the cables disappear from the deck.
Generations and centuries passed, and, behold, in place of naked sandbanks half awash were walled citadels, perforated with launching-ways for the long canoes, protected against the mainland by the lagoons that were to them their narrow seas.
They look gravely at each other, for it is whispered abroad that "Antonio hath a ship of rich lading wreck'd on the narrow seas.
As to the seas, they runs more in uppers in the Bay of Biscay, unless it may be in a sow-wester, when they tumble about quite handsomely; thof it’s not in the narrow sea that you are to look for a swell; just go off the Western Islands, in a westerly blow, keeping the land on your larboard hand, with the ship’s head to the south’ard, and bring to, under a close-reefed topsail; or, mayhap, a reefed foresail, with a fore-topmast-staysail and mizzen staysail to keep her up to the sea, if she will bear it; and ay there for the matter of two watches, if you want to see mountains.
cried the other, "if you were to cross the narrow sea you would find them as thick as bees at a tee-hole.
The Mediterranean encompasses several smaller narrow seas (the Tyrrhenian, Ionian, Adriatic, and Aegean).
In narrow seas and close coastal environments, these vessels can be quite effective against larger craft, particularly if deployed in swarm tactics.
99 Bon mots from The Wonder of Whiffling Blatteroon: Someone who won't stop talking Crambazzled: To be aged prematurely through drink Vice admiral of the narrow seas (19th century slang): A drunken man who urinates under the table into his companions' shoes Nottingham goodnight - (1950s) a reference to courting couples slamming doors and shouting "goodnight" to reassure listening parents, before sneaking off to the sofa Badonkadonk (US current slang): Buttocks of exceptional quality and bounce Trout pout (UK slang 2002): The effects of collagen injections that produce prominent, comically oversized lips resembling those of a dead fish instead of luscious attractive ones
The struggle for air superiority in narrow seas cannot be separated from the contest in the airspace over the adjacent coastal areas.
Aircraft carriers could be useful to China's efforts to assert its sovereignty over the distant reefs and rocky outcrops of the South China Sea, but would have little advantage over land-based aircraft in conflict in the narrow seas surrounding Taiwan.
Literature, Identity and the English Channel: Narrow Seas Expanded.
The narrow seas separating Siberia and Alaska dried up, forming a temporary land bridge between the two continents.