- on the ocean.
- perplexed; uncertain: completely at sea as to how to answer the question.
- to set out on a voyage.
- to embark on a nautical career.
Origin of sea
Examples from the Web for sea
My dad was a sailor, and all through my childhood he was away half of the time at sea, and to an extent I have a similar job.
On Monday, Soelistyo had jolted relatives as well as searchers by suggesting that the plane could be “at the bottom of the sea.”
As night fell, the rescue operation slowed and sea conditions worsened.‘We’re Going to Die’: Survivors Recount Greek Ferry Fire Horror|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Still, I found myself agreeing with the older gentleman who saw the room as a sea of gentiles.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported that 3,419 others are known to have died at sea in 2014, so far.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The flotilla—mother-ship, tugs and all—was out to sea long before the dawn.World's War Events, Volume III|Various
The Emperor rode thither in haste, while Mahommed betook himself to the shore of the sea.The Prince of India, Volume II|Lew. Wallace
No ceremonies I ever beheld impressed and affected me so much as the burial of the little twins at sea.Five Years in New Zealand|Robert B. Booth
Their vision was keener than man's; Ahab could discover no sign in the sea.Moby Dick; or The Whale|Herman Melville
It is impossible to determine nicely where the land ends and the sea begins.In the Heart of Vosges|Matilda Betham-Edwards
- the sea the mass of salt water on the earth's surface as differentiated from the landRelated adjectives: marine, maritime, thalassic
- (as modifier)sea air
- one of the smaller areas of oceanthe Irish Sea
- a large inland area of waterthe Caspian Sea
- on the ocean
- in a state of confusion
Word Origin for sea
Old English sæ "sheet of water, sea, lake, pool," from Proto-Germanic *saiwaz (cf. Old Saxon seo, Old Frisian se, Middle Dutch see, Swedish sjö), of unknown origin, outside connections "wholly doubtful" [Buck]. Meaning "large quantity" (of anything) is from c.1200. Meaning "dark area of the moon's surface" is attested from 1660s (see mare (n.2)).
Germanic languages also use the general Indo-European word (represented by English mere (n.)), but have no firm distinction between "sea" and "lake," either by size, by inland or open, or by salt vs. fresh. This may reflect the Baltic geography where the languages are thought to have originated. The two words are used more or less interchangeably in Germanic, and exist in opposite senses (e.g. Gothic saiws "lake," marei "sea;" but Dutch zee "sea," meer "lake"). Cf. also Old Norse sær "sea," but Danish sø, usually "lake" but "sea" in phrases. German See is "sea" (fem.) or "lake" (masc.). The single Old English word sæ glosses Latin mare, aequor, pontus, pelagus, and marmor.
Phrase sea change "transformation" is attested from 1610, first in Shakespeare ("The Tempest," I.ii). Sea anemone is from 1742; sea legs is from 1712; sea level from 1806; sea urchin from 1590s. At sea in the figurative sense of "perplexed" is attested from 1768, from literal sense of "out of sight of land" (c.1300).
In addition to the idiom beginning with sea
- sea legs
- seal of approval
- seal off
- seal one's fate
- at sea
- between a rock and a hard place (devil and the deep blue sea)
- high seas
- not the only fish in the sea
- put out (to sea)