Definition of at sea in English:

at sea


  • 1Sailing on the sea.

    ‘he spends long hours at sea on a small catamaran’
    • ‘At the end of the video, the figure sets off in a small boat, apparently lost at sea in an inhospitable universe.’
    • ‘Faces of sailors and their lost equipment are scattered throughout the waves, representing the men who died at sea.’
    • ‘‘Our goal is to provide the safest, highest quality U.S.-produced dairy products to our troops anywhere, ground troops or ships at sea,’ he says.’
    • ‘When the building is lit at night, the glazing disappears, making the naked structure look like a platform at sea.’
    • ‘Rescuers found the craftsman in his boat at sea, unharmed.’
    • ‘More explicitly, the building is an event on the horizon, like a ship at sea, with its assemblage of long white volumes rising out of a dense dark base clad in strips of charcoal-coloured slate.’
    • ‘White captives taken at sea and spirited away into harems were virtually synonymous with the infamy of the Regency of Algiers, and the subject became a staple of visual representation.’
    • ‘The final 7 percent were capable of processing their catch while at sea.’
    • ‘‘Over time, the images evolved from ships in port to more elaborate ships at sea,’ said Freeman.’
    • ‘Ever since wooden ships were felled by storms at sea or robbed by pirates, successful businesses risked coming to grief crossing oceans.’
    1. 1.1 Confused or unable to decide what to do.
      ‘he feels at sea with economics’
      • ‘As though that were not bad enough, we are now being told that our investment policy, which is momentous to any purposeful economic development, is all at sea.’
      • ‘She described how the first week they were all at sea, but in the second week they were soaking up the experience like sponges.’
      • ‘She appeared all at sea, with no script but her presence of mind to rely on.’
      • ‘This was a striking turnaround for a party that had been all at sea.’
      • ‘Rather you want to throw out a lifeline to the subjects, who are clearly confused and all at sea.’
      • ‘The structuring of the story is sometimes all at sea, but the tone of the show - a kind of loveable gruesomeness - is very appealing.’
      • ‘While Kerry were solid enough at the back, they were all at sea at midfield, while they never threatened down the wings and this was the most disappointing aspect of all.’
      • ‘They are, in a phrase, all at sea and sinking fast.’
      • ‘After barely one hundred lines, even the most astute and intrepid explorer is all at sea and gasping for air.’
      • ‘The gaeltacht side was all at sea (no pun intended) in an opening half dominated by the losers.’
      confused, perplexed, puzzled, baffled, mystified, bemused, bewildered, nonplussed, disconcerted, disoriented, dumbfounded, at a loss, at sixes and sevens, adrift
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