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sea

 (sē)
n.
1. The continuous body of salt water covering most of the earth's surface, especially this body regarded as a geophysical entity distinct from earth and sky.
2.
a. A tract of water within an ocean.
b. A relatively large body of salt water completely or partially enclosed by land.
c. A relatively large landlocked body of fresh water.
3.
a. The condition of the ocean's surface with regard to its course, flow, swell, or turbulence: a rising sea; choppy seas.
b. A wave or swell, especially a large one: a 40-foot sea that broke over the stern.
4. Something that suggests the ocean in its overwhelming sweep or vastness: a sea of controversy.
5. Seafaring as a way of life.
6. Astronomy A lunar mare.
Idiom:
at sea
1. On the sea, especially on a sea voyage.
2. In a state of confusion or perplexity; at a loss.

[Middle English see, from Old English .]

sea

(siː)
n
1. (Physical Geography)
a. the sea the mass of salt water on the earth's surface as differentiated from the land. marinemaritimethalassic
b. (as modifier): sea air.
2. (Physical Geography) (capital when part of place name)
a. one of the smaller areas of ocean: the Irish Sea.
b. a large inland area of water: the Caspian Sea.
3. (Physical Geography) turbulence or swell, esp of considerable size: heavy seas.
4. (Astronomy) (capital when part of a name) astronomy any of many huge dry plains on the surface of the moon. See also mare2
5. anything resembling the sea in size or apparent limitlessness
6. (Nautical Terms) the life or career of a sailor (esp in the phrase follow the sea)
7. (Nautical Terms) on the ocean
8. in a state of confusion
9. go to sea to become a sailor
10. (Nautical Terms) put to sea put out to sea to embark on a sea voyage
[Old English sǣ; related to Old Norse sǣr, Old Frisian sē, Gothic saiws, Old High German sēo]

sea

(si)

n.
1. the salt waters that cover the greater part of the earth's surface.
2. a division of these waters, of considerable extent, marked off by land boundaries; ocean: the North Sea.
3. a large, landlocked body of water.
4. the turbulence of the ocean or other body of water, as caused by the wind.
5. the waves.
6. a large wave: The heavy seas almost drowned us.
7. a widely extended or overwhelming quantity: a sea of faces; a sea of troubles.
8. the work, travel, and shipboard life of a sailor.
adj.
9. of, pertaining to, or adapted for use at sea.
Idioms:
1. at sea,
a. on the ocean.
b. perplexed; uncertain. Also, asea.
2. follow the sea, to pursue a nautical career.
3. go to sea,
a. to set out on a voyage.
b. to embark on a nautical career.
4. put (out) to sea, to embark on a sea voyage.
[before 900; Middle English see, Old English sǣ, c. Old Frisian sē, Old Saxon, Old High German sē(o), Old Norse sær sea, Gothic saiws sea, marsh]

sea

(sē)
1. The continuous body of salt water that covers most of the Earth's surface. See Note at ocean.
2. A region of water within an ocean and partly enclosed by land, such as the North Sea.
3. A large body of either fresh or salt water that is completely enclosed by land, such as the Caspian Sea.
4. A mare of the moon.

Sea

See also lakes; rivers; water.

a device used for measuring vertical currents in deep ocean areas.
the scientific exploration of the sea with sonic instruments. — bathygraph, bathygram, n.
a vessel for exploring the depths of the oceans.
1. the depths or bottom of the sea.
2. organic life that inhabits the bottom of the sea.
an apparatus for surveying the depths or bottom of the sea.
an abnormal fear of waves.
a severe storm at sea, usually occurring near the equinox and mistakenly thought to be the result of the sun crossing the equatorial line.
Obsolete, a work describing the sea.
a body or stretch of navigable water which is under the jurisdiction of a particular nation. Cf. mare liberum.
a body or stretch of navigable water to which all nations or countries have unrestricted access. Cf. mare clausum.
a marshy region adjoining the seashore.
Rare. the measurement of the rise and fall of tides. Also mareography. — marigraphic, adj.
the branch of physical geography that studies oceans and seas. — oceanographer, n. — oceanographic, oceanographical, adj.
oceanography.
a view or representation of the sea, especially in a painting, photograph, etc.
the sovereignty of the seas. — thalassocrat. n.
1. the branch of oceanography that studies smaller bodies of water, as sounds, gulfs, etc.
2. oceanography in general. — thalassographer, n. — thalassographic, thalassographical, adj.
an abnormal love of the sea.
an abnormal fear of the sea.

Sea

 a great quanitity; a flood; anything resembling the seas.
Examples: sea of acclamations, 1632; of blood, 1598; of cares, 1574; of carpets, 1654; of claret, 1821; of clouds, 1644; of discussions, 1816; of examples, 1586; of eager faces, 1862; of forces and passion, 1667; of glory, 1613; of heads, 1849; of sand 1770; of seaweed; of white tents, 1898; of troubles, 1602; of green vegetation, 1869; of wine, 1646; of wrath, 1692; of seas of time, 1822.

sea

A subdivision of an ocean, or a large landlocked expanse of salt water.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sea - a division of an ocean or a large body of salt water partially enclosed by landsea - a division of an ocean or a large body of salt water partially enclosed by land
bay, embayment - an indentation of a shoreline larger than a cove but smaller than a gulf
body of water, water - the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean); "they invaded our territorial waters"; "they were sitting by the water's edge"
gulf - an arm of a sea or ocean partly enclosed by land; larger than a bay
hydrosphere - the watery layer of the earth's surface; includes water vapor
inlet, recess - an arm off of a larger body of water (often between rocky headlands)
South Sea - any sea to the south of the equator (but especially the South Pacific)
2.sea - anything apparently limitless in quantity or volume
large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
3.sea - turbulent water with swells of considerable size; "heavy seas"
turbulent flow - flow in which the velocity at any point varies erratically
head sea - a sea in which the waves are running directly against the course of the ship

sea

noun
1. ocean, the deep, the waves, the drink (informal), the briny (informal), main Most of the kids have never seen the sea.
2. mass, lot, lots (informal), army, host, crowd, collection, sheet, assembly, mob, congregation, legion, abundance, swarm, horde, multitude, myriad, throng, expanse, plethora, profusion, concourse, assemblage, vast number, great number Down below them was the sea of upturned faces.
Related words
adjective marine, maritime, thalassic
like thalassomania
fear thalassophobia
Quotations
"the wine-dark sea" [Homer Iliad]
"ocean: a body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man - who has no gills" [Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary]

Seas and oceans

Seas  Adriatic, Aegean, Amundsen, Andaman, Arabian, Arafura, Aral, Azov, Baltic, Banda, Barents, Beaufort, Bellingshausen, Bering, Bismarck, Black or Euxine, Caribbean, Caspian, Celebes, Ceram, China, Chukchi, Coral, East China, East Siberian, Flores, Icarian, Inland, Ionian, Irish, Japan, Java, Kara, Laptev, Ligurian, Lincoln, Marmara or Marmora, Mediterranean, Nordenskjöld, North, Norwegian, Okhotsk, Philippine, Red, Ross, Sargasso, Scotia, Solomon, South China, Sulu, Tasman, Timor, Tyrrhenian, Weddell, White, Yellow or Hwang Hai
Oceans  Antarctic or Southern, Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, Pacific
Translations
بَحْرحالَةٌ مُعَيَّنَةٌ من البَحْرمنطِقَة مُعَيَّنَه من البَحْر
море
mořemořský
havhav-bølgegang
maro
meri
دریا
meri
more
tenger
laut
hafsjór, haf
바다
marepelagus
išplaukti į jūrąjūrajūreiviaujantisjūrinisjūrinis brizas
jūra
mare
more
morjena morjupo morju
havsjö
ทะเล
море
biểnhải

sea

[siː]
A. N
1. (= not land) → mar m (or f in some phrases)
(out) at seaen alta mar
to spend three years at seapasar tres años navegando
to remain two months at seaestar navegando durante dos meses, pasar dos meses en el mar
beside the seaa la orilla del mar, junto al mar
beyond the seasmás allá de los mares
from beyond the seasdesde más allá de los mares
to go by seair por mar
a house by the seauna casa junto al mar or a la orilla del mar
heavy sea(s)mar agitado or picado
to ship a heavy seaser inundado por una ola grande
on the high seasen alta mar
on the sea (boat) → en alta mar
rough sea(s)mar agitado or picado
to sail the seasnavegar los mares
the seven seastodos los mares del mundo
in Spanish seasen aguas españolas
the little boat was swept out to seala barquita fue arrastrada mar adentro
to go to sea [person] → hacerse marinero
to put (out) to sea [sailor, boat] → hacerse a la mar, zarpar
to stand out to seaapartarse de la costa
to be all at sea (about or with sth)estar en un lío (por algo)
worse things happen at seacosas peores ocurren por ahí
see also north
2. (fig)
a sea of bloodun río or mar de sangre
a sea of cornun mar de espigas
a sea of facesun mar de caras
a sea of flameun mar de llamas
a sea of troublesun mar de penas
B. CPD sea air Naire m de mar
sea anemone Nanémona f de mar
sea bass Ncorvina f
sea bathing Nbaño m en el mar
sea battle Nbatalla f naval
sea bed Nfondo m del mar, lecho m marino (frm)
sea bird Nave f marina
sea boot Nbota f de marinero
sea bream Nbesugo m
sea breeze Nbrisa f marina
sea captain Ncapitán m de barco
sea change N (fig) → viraje m, cambio m radical
sea chest (o.f.) Ncofre m
sea coast Nlitoral m, costa f marítima
sea cow Nmanatí m
sea crossing Ntravesía f
sea dog N (lit, fig) → lobo m de mar
sea fight Ncombate m naval
sea fish Npez m marino
sea front Npaseo m marítimo
sea green Nverde mar m
see also sea-green sea horse Ncaballito m de mar, hipocampo m
sea kale Ncol f marina
sea lamprey Nlamprea f marina
sea lane Nruta f marítima
sea legs NPL to find one's sea legsmantener el equilibrio (en barco)
sea level Nnivel m del mar
800 metres above sea level800 metros sobre el nivel del mar
sea lion Nleón m marino
sea mist Nbruma f marina
sea perch Nperca f de mar
sea power Npotencia f naval
sea room Nespacio m para maniobrar
sea route Nruta f marítima
sea salt Nsal f marina
sea serpent Nserpiente f de mar
sea shanty Nsaloma f
sea transport Ntransporte m por mar, transporte m marítimo
sea trip Nviaje m por mar
sea trout Ntrucha f marina, reo m
sea urchin Nerizo m de mar
sea wall Nmalecón m, rompeolas m inv
sea water Nagua f de mar
sea wrack Nalgas fpl (en la playa)

sea

[ˈsiː]
n
(= expanse of water) → mer f
We swam in the sea → Nous avons nagé dans la mer.
the Sea of Galilee → la mer de Galilée
to be swept out to sea → être emporté(e) par les flots
a heavy sea → une mer agitée
by sea [travel, transport] → par mer
by the sea [holiday] → au bord de la mer; [village, town, house] → au bord de la mer
beside the sea [holiday] → en bord de mer; [village, town, house] → en bord de mer
on the sea [boat] → en mer; [town] → au bord de la mer
to look out to sea → regarder vers la mer
out at sea → en mer
a storm at sea → une tempête en mer
to go to sea [person, ship] → prendre la mer
to put to sea → prendre la mer
to be all at sea (= confused, uncertain) → nager complètement
[troubles, misery, sorrow] → océan m; [mud, blood] → mer f; [flags, faces] → mer f
a sea of blood → une mer de sang
a sea of faces → une mer de visages
modif [angler, angling, fishing] → en mer; [rescue] → en mer; [temperature] → de la mer; [travel, voyage] → par mer; [creature, life, mammals, monster] → marin(e); [snake] → de mer
sea spray → embruns mpl sea anemone, sea bass, sea grass, sea legs
seas nplmers fpl
heavy seas → mer forte
rough seas → mer agitéesea air nair m marinsea anemone nanémone f de mersea bass [ˈsiːbæs] nbar m, loup m (en méditerranée)

sea

n
Meer nt, → See f; by seaauf dem Seeweg; to travel by seamit dem Schiff fahren; a town by or on the seaeine Stadt am Meer or an der See; (out) at seaauf See; as I looked out to seaals ich aufs Meer hinausblickte; to be all at sea (fig)nicht durchblicken (with bei) (inf); I’m all at sea about how to answer this questionich habe keine Ahnung, wie ich die Frage beantworten soll; that left him all at seaer hatte überhaupt keinen Durchblick (inf); to go to seazur See gehen; to put to seain See stechen; beyond the seas (dated)überm großen Meer (old), → in Übersee
(= state of the sea)See f no pl, → Seegang m; heavy/strong seasschwere/raue See
(fig)Meer nt; a sea of facesein Meer von Gesichtern; a sea of flamesein Flammenmeer

sea

:
sea air
nSeeluft f
sea anemone
nSeeanemone f
sea animal
nMeerestier nt
sea-based
adj missilesseegestützt
sea bathing
nBaden ntim Meer
sea battle
nSeeschlacht f
seabed
nMeeresboden m, → Meeresgrund m (geh)
sea bird
nSeevogel m
seaboard
n (US) → Küste f
seaborne
adj attack, landingvon See; fruit, articles etcauf dem Seeweg befördert; sea goodsSeefrachtgüter pl; sea tradeSeehandel m
sea breeze
nSeewind m
sea calf
nMeerkalb nt, → Seehund m
sea change
sea coast
nMeeresküste f
sea cow
nSeekuh f
sea cucumber
nSeegurke f, → Seewalze f
sea defences, (US) sea defenses
plHochwasserschutzmaßnahmen pl
sea dog
n (inf: = sailor) → Seebär m; (= seal)Seehund m
sea elephant
nElefantenrobbe f, → See-Elefant m, → Seeelefant m
seafarer
nSeefahrer(in) m(f)
seafaring
adj nation, peopleseefahrend; boathochseetüchtig; sea manSeefahrer m; he has little sea experienceer hat wenig Erfahrung auf See
nSeefahrt f
sea fight
nSeegefecht nt
seafish
nSee- or Meeresfisch m
seafloor
nMeeresboden m
sea fog
nKüstennebel m, → Seenebel m
seafood
nMeeresfrüchte pl; sea restaurantFischrestaurant nt
seafront
n (= beach)Strand m; (= promenade)Strandpromenade f
sea god
nMeer(es)gott m
sea goddess
nMeer(es)göttin f
seagoing
adj boat etchochseetüchtig; sea nationSeefahrernation f
seagrass
n (Bot) → Seegras nt
sea green
nMeergrün nt
sea-green
adjmeergrün
seagull
nMöwe f
sea horse
nSeepferdchen nt
sea kale
nSee- or Strandkohl m

sea

:
sea-launched
adj missilesseegestützt
sea legs
pl to get or find one’s sea (inf)standfest werden

sea

:
seapiece
n (Painting) → Seestück nt
sea pink
n(gemeine) Grasnelke
seaplane
seaport
nSeehafen m
sea power
nSeemacht f
seaquake
nSeebeben nt

sea

:
seascape
nSeestück nt
sea serpent
nSeeschlange f
sea shanty
nSeemannslied nt
seashell
nMuschel(schale) f
seashore
nStrand m; on the seaam Strand; the life found on the seadie Strandflora und -fauna
seasick
adjseekrank
seasickness
nSeekrankheit f
seaside
n at the seaam Meer; to go to the seaans Meer fahren
attrSee-; townam Meer; sea caféStrandcafé nt; sea holidays (Brit) → Ferien plam Meer
seaside resort
nSeebad nt
sea snake
n (Zool) → Seeschlange f

sea

:
sea transport
nSeetransport m
sea trip
nSeereise f
sea trout
nMeerforelle f
sea turtle
sea urchin
nSeeigel m
sea view
nSeeblick m
sea wall
nDeich m
seaward
adj direction, courseaufs Meer hinaus; sea windSeewind m; the sea side of the quaydie seewärtige Seite des Kais
adv (also seawards)see- or meerwärts
sea water
nMeer- or Seewasser nt
seaway
n (= route)Seestraße f; (= waterway)Wasserweg mor -straße f
seaweed
n(Meeres)alge f, → (See)tang m, → Seegras nt
seaworthy
adjseetüchtig

sea

[siː]
1. nmare m
by or beside the sea (holiday) → al mare (village) → sul mare
on the sea (boat) → sul mare, in mare (village, town) → sul mare
to go by sea → andare per mare
to go to sea (person) → diventare marinaio
to put to sea (sailor) → uscire in mare (boat) → salpare
to spend 3 years at sea → passare 3 anni in mare
(out) at sea → al largo
to look out to sea → guardare il mare
heavy or rough sea(s) → mare grosso or agitato
to be all at sea (about or with sth) (fig) → non capirci niente (di qc)
a sea of faces (fig) → una marea di gente
2. adj (salt) → marino/a; (fish, air) → di mare; (route, transport, port) → marittimo/a; (battle, power) → navale

sea

(siː) noun
1. (often with the) the mass of salt water covering most of the Earth's surface. I enjoy swimming in the sea; over land and sea; The sea is very deep here; (also adjective) A whale is a type of large sea animal.
2. a particular area of sea. the Baltic Sea; These fish are found in tropical seas.
3. a particular state of the sea. mountainous seas.
ˈseaward(s) adverb
towards the sea; away from the land. The yacht left the harbour and sailed seawards.
ˈseaboard noun
the seacoast. the eastern seaboard of the United States.
sea breeze
a breeze blowing from the sea towards the land.
ˈseafaring adjective
of work or travel on ships. a seafaring man.
ˈseafood noun
fish, especially shellfish.
adjective
seafood restaurants.
ˈseafront noun
a promenade or part of a town with its buildings facing the sea.
ˈsea-going adjective
designed and equipped for travelling on the sea. a sea-going yacht.
ˈseagull noun
a gull.
sea level
the level of the surface of the sea used as a base from which the height of land can be measured. three hundred metres above sea level.
ˈsea-lion noun
a type of large seal.
ˈseamanplural ˈseamen noun
a sailor, especially a member of a ship's crew who is not an officer.
ˈseaport noun
a port on the coast.
ˈseashell noun
the (empty) shell of a sea creature.
ˈseashore noun
the land close to the sea.
ˈseasick adjective
ill because of the motion of a ship at sea. Were you seasick on the voyage?
ˈseasickness noun
ˈseaside noun
(usually with the) a place beside the sea. We like to go to the seaside in the summer.
ˈseaweed noun
plants growing in the sea. The beach was covered with seaweed.
ˈseaworthy adjective
(negative unseaworthy) (of a ship) suitably built and in good enough condition to sail at sea.
ˈseaworthiness noun
at sea
1. on a ship and away from land. He has been at sea for four months.
2. puzzled or bewildered. Can I help you? You seem all at sea.
go to sea
to become a sailor. He wants to go to sea.
put to sea
to leave the land or a port. They planned to put to sea the next day.

sea

بَحْر moře hav Meer θάλασσα mar meri mer more mare 바다 zee sjø morze mar море hav ทะเล deniz biển
References in classic literature ?
I'm sure Aunt March is a regular Old Man of the Sea to me, but I suppose when I've learned to carry her without complaining, she will tumble off, or get so light that I shan't mind her.
In the presence of George Willard, Wing Bid- dlebaum, who for twenty years had been the town mystery, lost something of his timidity, and his shadowy personality, submerged in a sea of doubts, came forth to look at the world.
Well, Ned, it isn't exactly like going up in an airship," and Tom Swift who was gazing over the rail down into the deep blue water of the Caribbean Sea, over which their vessel was then steaming, looked at his chum beside him.
As I looked about me I felt that the grass was the country, as the water is the sea.
There was no sound abroad except the hooting of an old owl in the top of a water-oak, and the everlasting voice of the sea, that was not uplifted at that soft hour.
Six hours the waters run in, and six hours they run out, and the reason is this: when there is higher water in the sea than in the river, they run in until the river gets to be highest, and then it runs out again.
The words, "Watch over him, Christie; he needs a woman's care," again echoed in her ears, as if borne on the night wind from the lonely grave in the lonelier cemetery by the distant sea.
They were generally poverty-stricken; always plebeian and obscure; working with unsuccessful diligence at handicrafts; laboring on the wharves, or following the sea, as sailors before the mast; living here and there about the town, in hired tenements, and coming finally to the almshouse as the natural home of their old age.
They were ancient sea -- captains, for the most part, who, after being tossed on every sea, and standing up sturdily against life's tempestuous blast, had finally drifted into this quiet nook, where, with little to disturb them, except the periodical terrors of a Presidential election, they one and all acquired a new lease of existence.
Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off--then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.
To any meditative Magian rover, this serene Pacific, once beheld, must ever after be the sea of his adoption.
There'll be mischief done at sea, I expect, before long.