noun Etymology: Middle English see, from Old English sǣ; akin to Old High German sea, Gothic saiws Date: before 12th century 1. a. a great body of salt water that covers much of the earth; broadly the waters of the earth as distinguished from the land and air b. a body of salt water of second rank more or less landlocked <
the Mediterranean sea
c. ocean d. an inland body of water — used especially for names of such bodies <
the Caspian Sea
2. a. surface motion on a large body of water or its direction; also a large swell or wave — often used in plural <
heavy seas
b. the disturbance of the ocean or other body of water due to the wind 3. something likened to the sea especially in vastness <
a sea of faces
4. the seafaring life 5. mare III • sea adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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