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[see-fair-ing] /ˈsiˌfɛər ɪŋ/
traveling by sea.
following the sea as a trade, business, or calling.
of, relating to, or occurring during a voyage on the sea.
the business or calling of a sailor.
traveling by sea.
Origin of seafaring
early Middle English
1150-1200; early Middle English safarinde (adj.); see sea, fare, -ing2, -ing1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The population of the village consists of seafaring people and their families.

    Ben Hadden W.H.G. Kingston
  • But the seafaring habit did not exist among the people as a whole.

    All Afloat William Wood
  • A seafaring friend of mine suggested my accompanying him on his cargo steamer from the Port of London to Bordeaux.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
  • It's the jolly times on shore that appeal to me, as much as any seafaring.

    The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
  • He was obviously well—as well as a hard, seafaring life will make a man who lives simply and works hard.

    The Vultures Henry Seton Merriman
  • Above all what is the effect of this passion on seafaring men?

    A Poor Man's House Stephen Sydney Reynolds
  • In his seafaring, Donald had never experienced such a contest.

    The Viking Blood Frederick William Wallace
  • But at last he grew tired of seafaring, which was never congenial to Arabs.

    A Book of Discovery Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
  • With the decline of square sail, a new way of seafaring opened to us.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
British Dictionary definitions for seafaring


adjective (prenominal)
travelling by sea
working as a sailor
the act of travelling by sea
the career or work of a sailor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for seafaring

c.1200, from sea + faring (see fare (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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