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open sea

the main body of a sea or ocean, especially the part that is outside territorial waters and not enclosed, or partially enclosed, by land. Unabridged
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  • The bay is merely an elbow, half the winds blowing in from the open sea.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Smith looked at the sky, he looked at the shore, and the safe, open sea beyond.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • The icebergs had weighed anchor, and were sailing out into the open sea.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • The open sea, of the existence of which we are certified, must wash the shores of continents.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • They reversed their engines and steamed off into the open sea with all possible speed.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • In his flight he towed the ship to a safe place in the open sea.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • The sun seemed much hotter in this congestion than in the open sea.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • She stood on the shore by the inlet, she saw the boat coming in from the open sea.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • And as soon as the "Zphir" had reached the open sea, La Queue cast his nets.

  • Massena enters Portugal at Almeida and marches to Lisbon and the open sea.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
Contemporary definitions for open sea

the middle of the sea as opposed to that abutting land's 21st Century Lexicon
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