Definition of seaway in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsēˌwā/


1An inland waterway capable of accommodating seagoing ships.
Example sentences
  • After 1903 and improvements to the St. Lawrence waterway, larger ships or ‘canalers’ could navigate the seaway.
  • Canada is every bit as vulnerable, experts say, at its ports, docks, canals, lakes, and seaways.
  • Every battle ever fought there was fought over control of the seaway.
1.1 (the Seaway) see St. Lawrence Seaway.
1.2A natural channel connecting two areas of sea.
Example sentences
  • Continental displacements led to changes in the configurations of the oceans, and seaways opened and closed.
  • In the annual cycle experiments, however, low winter insolation causes the seaways to freeze.
  • Cook charted the coasts and seaways of Canada, the St Lawrence Channel and the coasts of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
1.3A route across the sea used by ships.
Example sentences
  • Unfortunately we need two miles of seaway to stop our ship and our rudder is jammed, hence we cannot change course.
  • In a dangerous combat situation, or even a crowded seaway, this can provide a huge advantage.
  • Columbus set out to find a new seaway to India and he ended up discovering America.
2 [in singular] A stretch of water in which a sea is running: with the engine mounted amidship, the boat pitches less in a seaway
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  • This number results from a formula that is intended to represent a boat's expected motion in a seaway.
  • The dog boats were also small in comparison to their opponents but rode better in a seaway.
  • In general, the safety of a ship in a seaway is related to three major safety parameters - structural safety, overturning stability, and seakeeping quality.

Words that rhyme with seaway

freeway, keyway, leeway

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Syllabification: sea·way

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