sea

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English[edit]

The sea.

Etymology[edit]

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)).[1] More to sore.

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Noun[edit]

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.”, New York Times:
      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.
  4. (planetology) A large, dark plain of rock; a mare.
    The Apollo 11 mission landed in the Sea of Tranquility.

Synonyms[edit]

  • the ogin (UK, nautical and navy)

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References[edit]

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

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Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From is + ea (literally, it is so)

Contraction[edit]

sea

  1. yes

Usage notes[edit]

This is a contraction of an affirmative response to a question, and is found in response to a question with no main verb:

Q: An féidir leat cuidiú liom? — "Can you help me?" (literally, "Possible for you to help me?")
A: Sea. — "Yes."

Informally it may also be found as the answer to a question with a main verb, though this is considered incorrect. The standard response to such a question is to repeat the verb:

Q: Ar chuala tú mé? — "Did you hear me?"
A: Chuala. — "Yes" (literally, "Heard") or informally Sea.

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Determiner[edit]

sea

  1. Alternative spelling of so

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Verb[edit]

sea

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of ser.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of ser.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of ser.
  4. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of ser.

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