Sea (sē), n. [OE. see, AS.
sǣ; akin to D. zee, OS. & OHG. sēo,
G. see, OFries. se, Dan. sö, Sw.
sjö, Icel. sær, Goth. saiws, and
perhaps to L. saevus fierce, savage. √151a.]
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
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
Ambiguous between sea and land Milton.
The river horse and scaly crocodile.
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. Shak.
All the space . . . was one sea of
☞ 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.
Taylor. -- 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, to adopt
the calling or occupation of a sailor.