Sea

Definition of Sea

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n.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 or agitation 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.
All the space . . . was one sea of heads.
- Macaulay.
At sea
upon the ocean; away from land; figuratively, without landmarks for guidance; lost; at the mercy of circumstances.
At full sea
at the height of flood tide; hence, at the height.
- G. W. Cable
Beyond seas
(Law) out of the state, territory, realm, or country.
- Jer. Taylor.
Half seas over
half drunk.
- Wharton.
Heavy sea
a sea in which the waves run high.
- Spectator.
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
to adopt the calling or occupation of a sailor.

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