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1‘the sea sparkled in the sun’
informal the drink
British informal the briny
North American informal salt chuck
literary the deep, the main, the foam
NZ rare moana
land, dry land, fresh water
2‘there were very heavy seas and the boat overturned’
wave, breaker, roller, comber, billow
North American informal kahuna
swell, white horses, white caps
3‘the ground was now a sea of glutinous mud’
expanse, stretch, span, area, tract, sweep, blanket, sheet, carpet, mass
multitude, host, profusion, abundance, plethora
1‘outstanding apartments with magnificent sea views’
marine, ocean, oceanic
salt, saltwater, seawater, watery, pelagic
ocean-going, seagoing, seafaring, afloat
maritime, naval, nautical
rare thalassic, pelagian
land, shore, freshwater
‘as teachers we may leave our students completely at sea’
confused, perplexed, puzzled, baffled, mystified, bemused, bewildered, nonplussed, disconcerted, disoriented, dumbfounded, at a loss, at sixes and sevens, adrift
flummoxed, bamboozled, discombobulated, stumped, fazed, beaten
wildered, distracted, mazed
‘it indicated a sea change in American attitudes’
transformation, change, alteration, modification, variation, conversion, revision, amendment, metamorphosis, transfiguration, evolution, mutation
remodelling, reshaping, remoulding, redoing, reconstruction, rebuilding, recasting, reorganization, rearrangement, reordering, reshuffling, restyling, rejigging, reworking, renewal, renewing, revamping, renovation, overhaul, remaking
revolutionizing, revolution, transmutation
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