high sea

the sea or ocean beyond the three-mile limit or territorial waters of a country.
Usually, high seas.
the open, unenclosed waters of any sea or ocean; common highway.
Law. the area within which transactions are subject to court of admiralty jurisdiction.

before 1100; Middle English; Old English hēah-sǣ

high-sea, adjective
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Example sentences
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.
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