Meaning of SEA in English


/ siː; NAmE / noun


(often the sea ) [ U ] (also literary seas [ pl. ]) ( especially BrE ) the salt water that covers most of the earth's surface and surrounds its continents and islands :

to travel by sea

a cottage by the sea

The waste was dumped in the sea .

The wreck is lying at the bottom of the sea.

We left port and headed for the open sea (= far away from land) .

the cold seas of the Arctic

a sea voyage

a hotel room with sea view

—see also the high seas , ocean


[ C ] (often Sea , especially as part of a name) a large area of salt water that is part of an ocean or surrounded by land :

the North Sea

the Caspian Sea


[ C ] (also seas [ pl. ]) the movement of the waves of the sea :

It was a calm sea.

The sea was very rough.


[ sing. ] sea of sth a large amount of sth that stretches over a wide area :

He looked down at the sea of smiling faces before him.


- at sea

- go to sea

- out to sea

- put (out) to sea

—more at devil , fish noun



sea / ocean

In BrE , the usual word for the mass of salt water that covers most of the earth's surface is the sea . In NAmE , the usual word is the ocean :

A swimmer drowned in the sea /ocean this morning.

The names of particular areas of seas, however, are fixed:

the Mediterranean Sea

the Atlantic Ocean


Sea / ocean are also used if you go to the coast on holiday / vacation:

We're spending a week by the sea / at the ocean in June

. In NAmE it is also common to say:

We're going to the beach for vacation.

· note at coast



Old English sǣ , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zee and German See .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.