• And the Sea Gave Up the Dead
    And the Sea Gave Up the Dead
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sea a division of an ocean or a large body of salt water partially enclosed by land
    • n sea turbulent water with swells of considerable size "heavy seas"
    • n sea anything apparently limitless in quantity or volume
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The mermaid and the prince under the sea The mermaid and the prince under the sea
The sea-maiden with a wicked face The sea-maiden with a wicked face
A GARDEN UNDER WATER Starfishes, Crabs and Sea-anemones A GARDEN UNDER WATER Starfishes, Crabs and Sea-anemones
The Greatest Menace of the Seas The Greatest Menace of the Seas
The Sea-side Doll The Sea-side Doll

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Dead Sea has been sinking for last several years
    • Sea (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."
    • Sea 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.
    • Sea Fig.: Anything resembling the sea in vastness; as, a sea of glory. "All the space . . . was one sea of heads."
    • Sea 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 .
    • Sea 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 .""Ambiguous between sea and land
      The river horse and scaly crocodile."
    • Sea 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 .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On Hilton Head Island, South Carolina it is illegal to shine a flashlight on a sea turtle.
    • n sea The salt waters that cover the greater part of the earth's surface; the ocean. [The word sea in compound words always has the meaning of ‘ocean.’ In this sense, with a hyphen, the word is the first element of numerous names, especially of animals and plants, the more noteworthy of which are entered in the following columns.]
    • n sea A great body of salt water; a more or less distinctly limited or landlocked part of the ocean having considerable dimensions. Such seas are frequently limited or separated from each other by linear groups of islands; this is especially the case on the Pacific coast of Asia, and in the East Indies, where there are more seas in this sense than anywhere else. Smaller areas thus more or less completely inclosed by land are known as bays, gulfs, sounds, etc. Thus, we speak of the Mediterranean Sea and, as a smaller division of this, the Adriatic Sea; but of the Gulf of Taranto, and the Bay of Naples. The name sea is not now usually given to entirely landlocked sheets of water—such use being either traditional, as in the Dead Sea, Sea of Galilee, or exceptional, as in the Caspian Sea, Sea of Aral. Sea, bay, and gulf are more or less synonymous terms. Thus, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal do not differ essentially in the extent to which they are landlocked; the same may be said of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea; and Hudson's Bay might equally well, or even more properly, be called Hudson Sea.
    • n sea Any widely extended or overwhelming mass or quantity; an ocean; a flood: as, a sea of difficulties; a sea of upturned faces.
    • n sea The swell of the ocean, or the direction of the waves: as, there was a heavy sea on; to keep the boat's head to the sea.
    • n sea A large wave; a billow; a surge: as, to ship a sea.
    • n sea Out on the ocean, and out of sight of land; hence, in the condition of a mariner who has lost his bearings; in a state of uncertainty or error; astray; wide of the mark; quite wrong: as, you are altogether at sea in your guesses.
    • n sea By the margin of the sea; on the sea-coast.
    • n sea An obsolete spelling of see.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Sea of tranquility is found on the moon.
    • n Sea 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
    • adv Sea towards or in the direction of the sea
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  • Thomas Fuller
    “Wine hath drowned more men than the sea.”
  • William B. Davis
    William B. Davis
    “It struck me while I was sitting here; everything changes but the sea.”
  • Qur'an
    “If the sea were ink for the words of my Lord, the sea would be spent before the Words of my lord are spent.”
  • Thomas Traherne
    “You never enjoy the world aright, till the sea itself floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the heavens and crowned with the stars.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “Anyone can steer the ship when the sea is calm.”
  • John Florio
    John Florio
    “Praise the sea; on shore remain.”


At sea - If things are at sea, or all at sea, they are disorganized and chaotic.
Between the devil and the deep blue sea - If you are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, you are in a dilemma; a difficult choice.
Sea change - An expression that connotes big change; a significant change in comparison to a minor, trivial or insignificant change.
Sea legs - If you are getting your sea legs, it takes you a while to get used to something new.
Worse things happen at sea - This idiomatic expression is used as a way of telling someone not to worry so much about their problems.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. see, AS. ,; akin to D. zee, OS. & OHG. sēo, G. see, OFries. se, Dan. , Sw. sjö, Icel. sær, Goth. saiws, and perhaps to L. saevus, fierce, savage. √151a


In literature:

In another instant the tall mast fell into the sea.
"The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader" by W.H.G. Kingston
They went to the Goodwins in a light south-west breeze and smooth sea.
"Heroes of the Goodwin Sands" by Thomas Stanley Treanor
Moon and music, silver sea and glorious night, and a maid who had been, in his secret thoughts, his dream of the unattainable!
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
In contrast with these early sea explorers and sea fighters stand the peoples of China and India.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
Canada is the child of the sea.
"All Afloat" by William Wood
I am tired of sea, sea, sea, and nothing else.
"Viking Tales" by Jennie Hall
The Persian must be met not on the land, but in "wooden walls" upon the sea.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
The sea was tranquil and the breeze steady.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
Sea-birds were sitting on the water where the sewers of the gay little town empty into the sea.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Sea-dogs also were common, one of them had the temerity to attack Rogers.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne

In poetry:

But I must ever be travelling
From sea to sea, from shoal to shoal:
Farewell ! O still and beautiful,
I would thy valley were my goal!
"The Silver Birch" by Herbert Ashley Asquith
Child of delight, with sun-bright hair,
And sea-blue, sea-deep eyes!
Spirit of bliss! What brings thee here
Beneath these sullen skies?
"The Two Children Pt 1" by Emily Jane Bronte
The sea wails loud, and the sea wails long,
As the ages of waiting drift slowly by,
But the sea shall sing no bridal song—
As well know you and I!
"Alaskan Balladry, No.1" by Eugene Field
'Give me thy heart,' he cried,
'To blow from sea to sea,
To fill with lonely fear,
To taunt with bitter glee;
Give me thy heart; I'll give
My song to thee.'
"March Wind" by Elizabeth Roberts MacDonald
Oh the dreadful Old Man of the Sea, of the Sea
He's come back like the Wandering Jew!
He has had his cold claw upon me, upon me,--
And be sure that he'll have it on you!
"The Old Man Of The Sea" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
I shall not be alone although I die,
And loved ones should delay their coming long;
Though I saw round me nought but sea and sky,
Bare sea and sky would wake a holy song.
"At My Window After Sunset" by George MacDonald

In news:

A reporter in the middle of Hurricane Irene got slammed with a mysterious sea foam.
The Carnival Freedom is HUGE you'll have PLENTY to do during our "Fun Days" at Sea.
Aided Deciphering of Dead Sea Scrolls.
Coming soon to a sea level near you: Iceland's melting glaciers.
Her Majesty and family have long taken breaks from work life in Amman by heading to the Red Sea.
The Character of '86 Amongst a Sea of Mets Caricatures.
He drives a young girl through cobblestone streets and out into the sea.
Prototype vehicle called 'Sea Lion' appears in this amazing viral video.
Sea Watch Whole Clams, drained.
Photography Adventures Over Land and Sea With Aperture Academy.
Jellyfish, Sea Snakes and Beetles: The Challenges of Hunting for Sea Mines.
The closest otter populations to Oregon are southern sea otters in central California and northern sea otters off the Olympic coast in Washington.
With special guest, The Sea The Sea.
With a warming world steadily eliminating sea ice from the Arctic, Northern nations are busy bolstering their claims to the sea floor, trying to pave the way for future economic interests.
From sea to shining sea comes the Porchfest, an assortment of live music played on—well, of course— porches .

In science:

Deviations from the Nf = 0 results are observed only if the sea quarks are very light, with masses on the scale 1/V Σ.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Furthermore, there are two independent sets of such excitations about the two boundaries of the Fermi sea.
A Six Vertex Model on a Fishnet
AFM “sea” bonds with no links yet formed across them.
Spin Reduction Transition in Spin-3/2 Random Heisenberg Chains
The remaining quark contribution can be separated into sea (flavor singlet) and valence (flavor non-singlet) pieces.
Pion Structure at High and Low Energies in Chiral Quark Models
Definicin 3 Sea K un conjunto finito de simplex en Rn .
Aproximacion Discreta de la Relatividad General