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[see-wey] /ˈsiˌweɪ/
a way over the sea.
the open sea.
the progress of a ship through the waves.
a more or less rough sea:
a hard vessel to steer in a seaway.
a canal, enlarged river, etc., giving access to a landlocked port by oceangoing vessels.
Origin of seaway
before 1000; Middle English seewey, Old English sǣweg. See sea, way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The crew cheered, for it was a splendid shot at that distance and in a seaway.

    The Black Buccaneer Stephen W. Meader
  • Reefing on a bowsprit in a seaway is a difficult and dangerous job.

    On Yachts and Yacht Handling Thomas Fleming Day
  • A craft so small could not reasonably be expected to live in such a seaway.

  • Loaded an ore boat with avgas and ammo and ran it up the seaway.

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
  • To be five miles from shore in a seaway in kayaks like ours was a sensation.

    Crooked Trails Frederic Remington
  • The Fram, however, was too heavily laden to be at all easy in a seaway; but this we could not alter.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • Moreover, she was the kindest boat in a seaway I ever boarded.

    Plain Mary Smith Henry Wallace Phillips
  • The Inlet ends there, the seaway barred by these frowning declivities.

    The Hidden Places Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • I only hope that they may know enough to pick up a boat in a seaway.

    A Sea Queen's Sailing Charles Whistler
  • Whatever the value of deep immersion may be in smooth water, there can be no question that it is much enhanced in a seaway.

British Dictionary definitions for seaway


a waterway giving access to an inland port, navigable by ocean-going ships
a vessel's progress
a rough or heavy sea
a route across the sea
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