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sealift

[see-lift]
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noun
  1. a system for transporting persons or cargo by ship, especially in an emergency.
  2. the act of transporting such persons or cargo.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to transport (persons or cargo) by sealift.
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Origin of sealift

First recorded in 1955–60; sea + (air)lift
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