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North Sea

noun
1.
an arm of the Atlantic between Great Britain and the European mainland. About 201,000 sq. mi. (520,600 sq. km); greatest depth, 1998 feet (610 meters).
Formerly German Ocean.
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  • You could not imagine anything lonelier than a seaplane on the bosom of the North Sea when you are without food or drink.

    Some Naval Yarns Mordaunt Hall
  • From the summit of one of the dunes one may see the North Sea.

    Holland, v. 1 (of 2) Edmondo de Amicis
  • A fresh northerly wind took us well out into the North Sea; then, a few days later, we lay becalmed on the Dogger.

    Dry Fish and Wet Anthon Bernhard Elias Nilsen
  • Up, up we travelled, and the higher we were the more deceptive was the North Sea.

    Some Naval Yarns Mordaunt Hall
  • I believe such a dearth of appellatives is the invariable rule in the fishing villages of the North Sea.

British Dictionary definitions for North Sea

North Sea

noun
1.
an arm of the Atlantic between Great Britain and the N European mainland. Area: about 569 800 sq km (220 000 sq miles) Former name German Ocean
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Word Origin and History for North Sea

Old English norðsæ, usually meaning "the Bristol Channel." The application to the body of water presently so named (late 13c.) is from Dutch (Noordzee, Middle Dutch Noortzee); it lies to the north of Holland, where it was contrasted with the inland Zuider Zee, literally "Southern Sea"). To the Danes, it sometimes was Vesterhavet "West Sea." In English, this had been typically called the "German Sea" or "German Ocean," which follows the Roman name for it, Oceanus Germanicus. "German" persisted on some British maps at least into the 1830s.

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North Sea in Culture

North Sea definition


Arm of the Atlantic Ocean northwest of central Europe.

Note: Oil was discovered under the sea floor in 1970.
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