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high sea

the sea or ocean beyond the three-mile limit or territorial waters of a country.
Usually, high seas.
  1. the open, unenclosed waters of any sea or ocean; common highway.
  2. Law. the area within which transactions are subject to court of admiralty jurisdiction.
Origin of high sea
before 1100; Middle English; Old English hēah-sǣ
Related forms
high-sea, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • At high sea level, limestone was deposited and beaches and dunes were created.
  • Vertical zonation may record depositional regression at high sea-level stand.
  • Light and dark shading shows extent of land during low and high sea stands of glacial cycles.
  • When high sea levels returned, the region was once more covered by shallow seas and marine sediments were deposited again.
  • high sea salt levels signal increased storminess and stronger winds.

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