From Middle English see, from Old English sǣ (“sea, lake”), from Proto-Germanic *saiwiz (compare West Frisian see, Dutch zee, German See, Swedish sjö), probably either from Proto-Indo-European *sh₂ei-u̯o- 'to be fierce, afflict' (compare Latin saevus (“wild, fierce”), Tocharian saiwe (“itch”), Latvian sievs, sīvs (“sharp, biting”); more at sore) or derived from *sīhwaną (“to percolate, filter”), in which case *saiwiz is from earlier *saigwiz, Pre-Germanic *soykʷís.
- Rhymes: -iː
- (countable, uncountable) A large body of salty water. (Major seas are known as oceans.)
- (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.
- A heavy wave.
- (planetology) A large, dark plain of rock; a mare.
- The Apollo 11 mission landed in the Sea of Tranquility.
- (planetology) A very large lake of liquid hydrocarbon
- the ogin (UK, nautical and navy)
- ^ Vladimir Orel, A Handbook of Germanic Etymology, s.v. "saiwiz" (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2003), 314.
- ^ Guus Kroonen (2013), Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic, Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers
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.
- Alternative spelling of
- First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of ser.
- Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of ser.
- Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of ser.
- Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of ser.