• Sea

    Pronunciation

    • enPR: , IPA: /siː/
    • Rhymes: -iː

    Origin

    Middle English see, from Old English ("sea, lake"), from Proto-Germanic *saiwiz (compare West Frisian see, Dutch zee, German See), probably from Proto-Indo-European *sh₂ei-u̯o- 'to be fierce, afflict' (compare Latin saevus ("wild, fierce"), Tocharian saiwe ("itch"), Latvian sievs, sīvs ("sharp, biting")).

    Vladimir Orel, A Handbook of Germanic Etymology, s.v. "saiwiz" (Louden, Netherlands: Brill, 2003), 314.

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    Full definition of sea

    Noun

    sea

    (countable and uncountable; plural seas)
    1. (countable, uncountable) A large body of salty water. (Major seas are known as oceans.)
    2. (figuratively) A large number or quantity; a vast amount.A sea of faces stared back at the singer.With no power for the electric lights, the house was a sea of darkness.
      • 2013, April 9, Andrei Lankov, Stay Cool. Call North Korea’s Bluff., In the last two decades, North Korea has on various occasions conducted highly provocative missile and nuclear tests and promised to turn Seoul into a sea of fire.
    3. A heavy wave.

    Synonyms

    • the ogin (UK, nautical and navy)

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