Dead Sea



a salt lake between Israel and Jordan: the lowest lake in the world. 46 miles (74 km) long; 10 miles (16 km) wide; 1293 feet (394 meters) below sea level. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dead sea

Historical Examples of dead sea

  • Dead-Sea Apism crying out, "Down with him; he is dangerous!"

    Past and Present

    Thomas Carlyle

  • And into that country that first treated me so well and then turned it to dead-sea fruit.

  • He dropped it into the wine glass which became a symbol of Broadway's dead-sea fruit.

    Merton of the Movies

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • At last, in 1854, Reach's incorrigible industry bore its Dead-Sea fruit; broken down with over-work, his mind utterly gave way.

    The History of "Punch"

    M. H. Spielmann

  • In the one phase or the other he had passed many hours of late, some of them amid the dead-sea grandeur of this room.

    The Long Night

    Stanley Weyman

British Dictionary definitions for dead sea

Dead Sea


a lake between Israel, Jordan, and the West Bank, now 420 m (1378 ft) below sea level; originally 390 m (1285 ft): the lowest lake in the world, with no outlet and very high salinity; outline, esp at the southern end, reduced considerably in recent years. Area: originally about 950 sq km (365 sq miles); by 2003 about 625 sq km (240 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for dead sea

Dead Sea

mid-13c., from dead (adj.) + sea; its water is 26 percent salt (as opposed to 3 or 4 percent in most oceans) and supports practically no life. In the Bible it was the "Salt Sea" (Hebrew yam hammelah), also "Sea of the Plain" and "East Sea." In Arabic it is al-bahr al-mayyit "Dead Sea." The ancient Greeks knew it as he Thalassa asphaltites "the Asphaltite Sea." Latin Mare Mortum, Greek he nekra thalassa (both "The Dead Sea") referred to the sea at the northern boundaries of Europe, the Arctic Ocean.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

dead sea in Culture

Dead Sea

Salt lake on the border between Israel and Jordan.


Its shore, at approximately thirteen hundred feet below sea level, is the lowest point of dry land on Earth.
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