Definition of sea in English:

sea

noun

often the sea
  • 1The expanse of salt water that covers most of the earth's surface and surrounds its land masses:

    ‘a ban on dumping radioactive wastes in the sea’
    [mass noun] ‘rocky bays lapped by vivid blue sea’
    [as modifier] ‘a sea view’
    • ‘The coastline is made up of various shades of gold set in a translucent turquoise sea.’
    • ‘The jet started to rotate and face the open sea.’
    • ‘Facing the dark open sea and silent of traffic, the village at night is a bubble of conviviality.’
    • ‘Although, ironically, the lack of rain in recent years has made the problem worse, as winter flows can help flush sediments through the system and out to sea.’
    • ‘I walked over to an east-facing balcony that overlooks the sea far below.’
    • ‘Whereas estimates of phytoplankton were initially too high, sea ice primary production estimates were initially too low.’
    • ‘They may remember the hot salty sea, their ancestral home, their first food.’
    • ‘For Rachel, the vastness of the sea brings comfort and reassurance - it's a constant, she says, in a constantly changing world, and its great expanse puts our problems into perspective.’
    • ‘New standards to help safeguard the welfare of animals transported by road and sea have been agreed at a major conference in Paris.’
    • ‘They swim in inland waters and lakes and never taste the salty sea.’
    • ‘The lone wooden bench overlooking the vast sea beckoned her for company.’
    • ‘Yields of herring, sea urchin and rockfish also dropped dramatically during this season.’
    • ‘Fiji's natural beauty white sand beaches, calm blue seas and nodding palm trees - remains a considerable pull.’
    • ‘And I immediately felt that inside me was this inland ocean with its population of one, this little sea mammal who was swimming around.’
    • ‘She breathed in and smelt the salty sea mixed with a sent of spring.’
    • ‘Sadly, the most easily-attainable sources for iodine are iodized salt and sea products, both of which can be taboo for pregnant women.’
    • ‘I looked down, and saw a small island in the middle of the turquoise sea.’
    • ‘On Tybee Island, it was estimated that 43.82 acres of land would be lost to the sea.’
    • ‘But the lure of the sea was too much and he joined the family as they trawled the beaches.’
    • ‘The waves of the deep blue sea lapped softly at the shore.’
    • ‘They look for trilobites and fossilised sea creatures that are preserved in the stone along the path, easily spottable for amateur fossil hunters.’
    marine, ocean, oceanic
    salt, saltwater, seawater, watery, pelagic
    ocean-going, seagoing, seafaring, afloat
    maritime, naval, nautical
    thalassic, pelagian
    the waves
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    1. 1.1[often in place names] A roughly definable area of the sea:
      ‘the Black Sea’
      • ‘The audience could imagine the various routes leading to the edge of the Atlantic, Baltic and Mediterranean seas, as though we stood on a contour model with rivers and mountains.’
      • ‘Population genetic structures of the mackerel (Scomber scombrus) and chub mackerel (Scomber japonicus) were studied in the Mediterranean Sea.’
      • ‘The goal of Save the North Sea project has been to reduce marine litter in the North Sea by changing the attitudes and behaviour of the people using the area.’
      • ‘The White Sea is an inlet of the Barents Sea on the northwest coast of Russia.’
      • ‘Between screens and building are long thin pools, symbolic of the three seas that surround Anatolia.’
    2. 1.2[in place names] A large lake:
      ‘the Sea of Galilee’
      • ‘Surely the simplest answer to the Dead Sea saltiness question is that it is really a lake which has no outlet.’
      • ‘Once the world's fourth largest lake, the mighty Aral Sea is now in its death throes.’
      • ‘Since the beginning of time, the Sea of Galilee has provided its fishermen with a plentiful source of sustenance.’
    3. 1.3[mass noun] Used to refer to waves as opposed to calm sea:
      ‘there was still some sea running’
      • ‘Using it first time in a crowded boat in a rough sea is a recipe for disaster.’
      • ‘My walk is an inelegant bob… as if navigating a choppy sea.’
    4. 1.4seas Large waves:
      ‘the lifeboat met seas of thirty-five feet head-on’
      • ‘The artist's rising seas appear to be made of metal, stone, earth and glass, as well as water.’
      • ‘While the seas can be savage, Graham loves the power of the ocean, the wildness of the local landscape and, in particular, the clarity of the light in this part of Scotland.’
      • ‘The farmer is left to trawl the seas, casting a net for profit in an export-driven market.’
      • ‘At 6:30 the next morning, the seas were finally calm, and we pulled into the port of New York.’
      • ‘Weather has also contributed to the seclusion and peculiarity of the Azores - stormy winter seas often prevent access to the smaller islands even by air for days at a time.’
      • ‘But the seas are beginning to part, and several paths forward are appearing before you.’
      • ‘Fish were recorded thrown ashore in all tidal phases and there was little evidence rough seas were responsible.’
      • ‘He captures the seas as well as the tranquil horizons in his works.’
      • ‘Two Plexiglas dioramas of a boat on storm-tossed seas depicted Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated South Pole expedition of 1914.’
      • ‘The winds that night blew a full gale, and they piled up seas bigger than I could ever have hoped to handle.’
      • ‘However, the flagship was soon buffeted by very heavy seas, and began taking on water.’
      wave, breaker, roller, comber, billow
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    5. 1.5[count noun] A vast expanse or quantity of something:
      ‘she scanned the sea of faces for Stephen’
      • ‘From freezers and hardening tunnels to compressors, evaporators and air handling units, a sea of chilling and freezing equipment is available to the dairy industry.’
      • ‘Sioux County, Iowa, is a fertile, wall-to-wall sea of corn and soybeans.’
      • ‘And in the past few weeks, something completely different has emerged: ballpoint on canvas, seas of tiny reptile-like scales, swirling away in the artist's characteristic fashion.’
      • ‘The cheese then enters a sea of brine salt solution for cooling.’
      • ‘Shot in Brazil at a dozen different games, this 8 1/2-minute video consists of seas of rapturous fans in the montage of color that Dean often features in his works.’
      • ‘As we approached the town, I was shocked to see a sea of red from horizon to horizon.’
      • ‘If it does not, we shall descend into the kind of world that is already suggested in some US and Asian cities, with islands of vulgar opulence isolated in seas of mediocrity - or worse.’
      • ‘We appreciate the flavorful food, recognizing in the candlelight the small, spicy leaves we snipped from a sea of greens that bright morning.’
      • ‘We just get new business parks surrounded by seas of cars and a trim of polite landscaping just like anywhere else.’
      • ‘From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial you saw a sea of humanity.’
      • ‘It was great fun to watch a sea of red and white jogging around the town.’
      • ‘After wading around in difficult seas of theory and producing some charming and intriguing drawings, he made his name with the Jewish Museum in Berlin.’
      • ‘Others will find a healthful haven among a sea of fortified yogurts and dairy beverages.’
      expanse, stretch, span, area, tract, sweep, blanket, sheet, carpet, mass
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Origin

Old English sǣ, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zee and German See.

Pronunciation:

sea

/siː/

Definition of SEA in English:

SEA

Pronunciation:

SEA

/siː/