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open sea

the main body of a sea or ocean, especially the part that is outside territorial waters and not enclosed, or partially enclosed, by land. Unabridged
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  • They are found hundreds of miles from land, skimming on the surface of the open sea, and diving in stormy weather.

  • The bay is merely an elbow, half the winds blowing in from the open sea.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The chief danger was upon the open sea; many of the light cruisers having great speed.

  • The open sea, of the existence of which we are certified, must wash the shores of continents.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • As soon as the young ones have become sufficiently strong to take care of themselves, they are turned adrift into the open sea.

    Cruise of the 'Alert' R. W. Coppinger
  • In his flight he towed the ship to a safe place in the open sea.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • After he had passed the second lot of natives he ascended the second hill, and beheld, far in the east,p. 34 the open sea.

  • And as soon as the "Zphir" had reached the open sea, La Queue cast his nets.

  • This was their only hope of escape, to leave the ship behind and embark in two little open boats for the open sea.

    A Book of Discovery Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
  • I ask you how can a third letter reach us now that we are on the open sea.

Contemporary definitions for open sea

the middle of the sea as opposed to that abutting land's 21st Century Lexicon
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