What does sea mean?

Definitions for sea

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. seanoun

    a division of an ocean or a large body of salt water partially enclosed by land

  2. ocean, seanoun

    anything apparently limitless in quantity or volume

  3. seanoun

    turbulent water with swells of considerable size

    "heavy seas"


  1. seanoun

    A large body of salty water. (Major seas are known as oceans.)

  2. seanoun

    A large number or quantity; a vast amount.

    A sea of faces stared back at the singer.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Seanoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. see, AS. s; akin to D. zee, OS. & OHG. so, G. see, OFries. se, Dan. s, Sw. sj, Icel. saer, Goth. saiws, and perhaps to L. saevus fierce, savage. 151a.]

  2. Seanoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. see, AS. s; akin to D. zee, OS. & OHG. so, G. see, OFries. se, Dan. s, Sw. sj, Icel. saer, Goth. saiws, and perhaps to L. saevus fierce, savage. 151a.]

  3. Seanoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. see, AS. s; akin to D. zee, OS. & OHG. so, G. see, OFries. se, Dan. s, Sw. sj, Icel. saer, Goth. saiws, and perhaps to L. saevus fierce, savage. 151a.]

  4. Seanoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. see, AS. s; akin to D. zee, OS. & OHG. so, G. see, OFries. se, Dan. s, Sw. sj, Icel. saer, Goth. saiws, and perhaps to L. saevus fierce, savage. 151a.]

  5. Seanoun

    a great brazen laver in the temple at Jerusalem; -- so called from its size

    Etymology: [OE. see, AS. s; akin to D. zee, OS. & OHG. so, G. see, OFries. se, Dan. s, Sw. sj, Icel. saer, Goth. saiws, and perhaps to L. saevus fierce, savage. 151a.]

  6. Seanoun

    fig.: Anything resembling the sea in vastness; as, a sea of glory

    Etymology: [OE. see, AS. s; akin to D. zee, OS. & OHG. so, G. see, OFries. se, Dan. s, Sw. sj, Icel. saer, Goth. saiws, and perhaps to L. saevus fierce, savage. 151a.]


  1. Sea

    The sea is the connected body of salt water that covers 70 percent of the Earth's surface. The sea is important in moderating the Earth's climate, in providing food and oxygen, in its enormous diversity of life, and for navigation. The study of the sea is called oceanography. The sea has been travelled and explored since ancient times, but its scientific study dates broadly from the voyages of Captain James Cook to explore the Pacific Ocean between 1768 and 1779. Seawater is characteristically salty. The main solid in solution is sodium chloride but the water also contains chlorides of potassium and magnesium, alongside many other chemical elements, in a composition that hardly varies across the world's oceans. However the salinity varies quite widely, being lower near the surface and near the mouths of large rivers and higher in the cold depths of the ocean. The sea surface is subject to waves caused by winds. Waves decelerate and increase in height as they approach land and enter shallow water, becoming tall and unstable, and breaking into foam on the shore. Tsunamis are caused by submarine earthquakes or landslides and may be barely noticeable out at sea but can be violently destructive on shore. Winds create currents through friction, setting up slow but stable circulations of water throughout the sea. The directions of the circulation are governed by several factors including the shapes of the continents and the rotation of the earth. Complex deep sea currents known as the global conveyor belt carry cold water from near the poles to every ocean. Large-scale movement of seawater is also caused also by the tide, the twice-daily rhythm of the gravitational pull exerted by the Moon, and to a lesser extent by the Sun, on the Earth. Tides may have a very high range in bays or estuaries such as the Bay of Fundy where tidal flows are funnelled into narrow channels.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sea

    sē, n. the great mass of salt water covering the greater part of the earth's surface: any great expanse of water less than an ocean: the ocean: the swell of the sea in a tempest: a wave: any widely extended mass or quantity, a flood: any rough or agitated place or element.—ns. Sea′-ā′corn, a barnacle; Sea′-add′er, the fifteen-spined stickle-back; Sea′-an′chor, a floating anchor used at sea in a gale; Sea′-anem′one, a kind of polyp, like an anemone, found on rocks on the seacoast; Sea′-ape, the sea-otter; Sea′-ā′pron, a kind of kelp; Sea′-arr′ow, a flying squid: an arrow-worm; Sea′-aspar′agus, a soft-shelled crab; Sea′-bank, the seashore; an embankment to keep out the sea; Sea′-bar, the sea-swallow or tern; Sea′-barr′ow, the egg-case of a ray or skate; Sea′-bass, a name applied to some perch-like marine fishes, many common food-fishes in America—black sea-bass, bluefish, &c.; Sea′-bat, a genus of Teleostean fishes allied to the Pilot-fish, and included among the Carangidæ or horse-mackerels—the name refers to the very long dorsal, anal, and ventral fins; Sea′-beach, the seashore; Sea′-bean, the seed of a leguminous climbing plant: a small univalve shell: the lid of the aperture of any shell of the family Turbinidæ, commonly worn as amulets; Sea′-bear, the polar bear: the North Pacific fur-seal; Sea′-beast (Milt.), a monster of the sea.—adjs. Sea′-beat, -en, lashed by the waves.—n. Sea′-beav′er, the sea-otter.—n.pl. Sea′-bells, a species of bindweed.—ns. Sea′-belt, the sweet fucus plant; Sea′-bird, any marine bird; Sea′-bis′cuit, ship-biscuit; Sea′-blubb′er, a jelly-fish; Sea′-board, the border or shore of the sea; Sea′-boat, a vessel considered with reference to her behaviour in bad weather.—adjs. Sea′-born, produced by the sea; Sea′-borne, carried on the sea.—ns. Sea′-bott′le, a seaweed; Sea′-boy (Shak.), a boy employed on shipboard: a sailor-boy; Sea′-brant, the brent goose; Sea′-breach, the breaking of an embankment by the sea; Sea′-bream, one of several sparoid fishes: a fish related to the mackerel; Sea′-breeze, a breeze of wind blowing from the sea toward the land, esp. that from about 10 a.m. till sunset; Sea′-buckthorn, or Sallow-thorn, a genus of large shrubs or trees with gray silky foliage and entire leaves; Sea′-bum′blebee, the little auk; Sea′-bun, a heart-urchin; Sea′-bur&pri

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. sea

    Strictly speaking, sea is the next large division of water after ocean, but in its special sense signifies only any large portion of the great mass of waters almost surrounded by land, as the Black, the White, the Baltic, the China, and the Mediterranean seas, and in a general sense in contradistinction to land. By sailors the word is also variously applied. Thus they say--"We shipped a heavy sea." "There is a great sea on in the offing." "The sea sets to the southward," &c. Hence a ship is said to head the sea when her course is opposed to the direction of the waves.--A long sea implies a uniform motion of long waves, the result of a steady continuance of the wind from nearly the same quarter.--A short sea is a confused motion of the waves when they run irregularly so as frequently to break over a vessel, caused by sudden changes of wind. The law claims for the crown wherever the sea flows to, and there the admiralty has jurisdiction; accordingly, no act can be done, no bridge can span a river so circumstanced without the sanction of the admiralty. It claims the fore-shore unless specially granted by charter otherwise, and the court of vice-admiralty has jurisdiction as to flotsam and jetsam on the fore-shore. But all crimes are subject to the laws, and are tried by the ordinary courts as within the body of a county, comprehended by the chord between two headlands where the distance does not exceed three miles from the shore. Beyond that limit is "the sea, where high court of admiralty has jurisdiction, but where civil process cannot follow."

Editors Contribution

  1. sea

    A connected body of water of a specific size and volume.

    The sea is very beautiful at night.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 4, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sea' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #749

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sea' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1480

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sea' in Nouns Frequency: #304

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  1. AES, aes, ASE, EAS, eas, ESA, SAE

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sea in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sea in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of sea in a Sentence

  1. Manohar Parrikar:

    We are very clear about our policy in the South China Sea, as (far as) India is concerned, we have always been insisting that all parties should resolve this peacefully based on the international laws and various other international norms.

  2. Katherine Mansfield:

    By health I mean the power to live a full, adult, living, breathing life in close contact with... the earth and the wonders thereof - the sea - the sun.

  3. Krister Karlsen:

    While the deep water cyclecan effectivelychange sea level over hundreds of millions to billions of years, climate change can change the sea level in zero to 100 years, for comparison, the present-day sea level rise associated with climate change is about 0.1 inches (3.2 millimeters) a year. The sea level drop associated with the deep water cycle is about 1/10,000 of that.

  4. Ella Wheeler Wilcox:

    Like the winds of the sea are the winds of fate As we voyage along through life, Tis the set of the soul That decides its goal And not the calm or the strife.

  5. Atchan Tamaki:

    The lobster fishermen kept asking me if there was a market for sea urchin because they were getting a lot of them in the traps.

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