Definitions for: Sea


[n] a division of an ocean or a large body of salt water partially enclosed by land
[n] turbulent water with swells of considerable size; "heavy seas"
[n] anything apparently limitless in quantity or volume



Webster (1913) Definition: Sea, n. [OE. see, AS. s[=ae]; akin to D. zee, OS. & OHG.
s[=e]o, G. see, OFries. se, Dan. s["o], Sw. sj["o], Icel.
s[ae]r, Goth. saiws, and perhaps to L. saevus firce, savage.
[root] 151 a.]
1. One of the larger bodies of salt water, less than an
ocean, found on the earth's surface; a body of salt water
of second rank, generally forming part of, or connecting
with, an ocean or a larger sea; as, the Mediterranean Sea;
the Sea of Marmora; the North Sea; the Carribean Sea.

2. An inland body of water, esp. if large or if salt or
brackish; as, the Caspian Sea; the Sea of Aral; sometimes,
a small fresh-water lake; as, the Sea of Galilee.

3. The ocean; the whole body of the salt water which covers a
large part of the globe.

I marvel how the fishes live in the sea. --Shak.

Ambiguous between sea and land The river horse and
scaly crocodile. --Milton.

4. The swell of the ocean or other body of water in a high
wind; motion of the water's surface; also, a single wave;
a billow; as, there was a high sea after the storm; the
vessel shipped a sea.

5. (Jewish Antiq.) A great brazen laver in the temple at
Jerusalem; -- so called from its size.

He made a molten sea of ten cubits from brim to
brim, round in compass, and five cubits the height
thereof. --2 Chron. iv.
2.

6. Fig.: Anything resembling the sea in vastness; as, a sea
of glory. --Shak.

All the space . . . was one sea of heads.
--Macaulay.

Note: Sea is often used in the composition of words of
obvious signification; as, sea-bathed, sea-beaten,
sea-bound, sea-bred, sea-circled, sealike, sea-nursed,
sea-tossed, sea-walled, sea-worn, and the like. It is
also used either adjectively or in combination with
substantives; as, sea bird, sea-bird, or seabird, sea
acorn, or sea-acorn.

At sea, upon the ocean; away from land; figuratively,
without landmarks for guidance; lost; at the mercy of
circumstances. ``To say the old man was at sea would be
too feeble an expression.'' --G. W. Cable

At full sea at the height of flood tide; hence, at the
height. ``But now God's mercy was at full sea.'' --Jer.
Taylor.

Beyond seas, or Beyond the sea or the seas (Law), out
of the state, territory, realm, or country. --Wharton.

Half seas over, half drunk. [Colloq.] --Spectator.

Heavy sea, a sea in which the waves run high.

Long sea, a sea characterized by the uniform and steady
motion of long and extensive waves.

Short sea, a sea in which the waves are short, broken, and
irregular, so as to produce a tumbling or jerking motion.


To go to sea, a adopt the calling or occupation of a
sailor.

Synonyms: ocean

See Also: Adriatic, Adriatic Sea, Aegean, Aegean Sea, Arabian Sea, Baltic, Baltic Sea, Barents Sea, bay, Beaufort Sea, Bering Sea, Bismarck Sea, Black Sea, body of water, Caribbean, Caribbean Sea, Coral Sea, East China Sea, Euxine Sea, Greenland Sea, gulf, head sea, Hudson Bay, hydrosphere, inlet, Ionian Sea, Irish Sea, Labrador Sea, large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity, Ligurian Sea, Marmara, Marmora, Mediterranean, Mediterranean Sea, North Sea, Norwegian Sea, recess, Red Sea, Ross Sea, Sargasso Sea, Sea of Japan, Sea of Marmara, Sea of Marmora, Sea of Okhotsk, South China Sea, South Sea, turbulent flow, Tyrrhenian Sea, water, Yellow Sea

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