Hypertext Webster Gateway: "sea"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Sea \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.

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

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

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.

{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

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Ocean \O"cean\, n. [F. oc['e]an, L. oceanus, Gr.? ocean, in
Homer, the great river supposed to encompass the earth.]
1. The whole body of salt water which covers more than three
fifths of the surface of the globe; -- called also the
{sea}, or {great sea}.

Like the odor of brine from the ocean Comes the
thought of other years. --Longfellow.

2. One of the large bodies of water into which the great
ocean is regarded as divided, as the Atlantic, Pacific,
Indian, Arctic and Antarctic oceans.

3. An immense expanse; any vast space or quantity without
apparent limits; as, the boundless ocean of eternity; an
ocean of affairs. --Locke.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : relating to or characteristic of or occurring on the sea or
ships; "sea stories"; "sea smells"; "sea traffic" [syn:
{sea(a)}] [ant: {air(a)}, {land(a)}]
n 1: a division of an ocean or a large body of salt water
partially enclosed by land
2: anything apparently limitless in quantity or volume [syn: {ocean}]
3: turbulent water with swells of considerable size; "heavy

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