seafaring

[see-fair-ing]
adjective
1.
traveling by sea.
2.
following the sea as a trade, business, or calling.
3.
of, pertaining to, or occurring during a voyage on the sea.
noun
4.
the business or calling of a sailor.
5.
traveling by sea.

Origin:
1150–1200; early Middle English safarinde (adj.); see sea, fare, -ing2, -ing1

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seafaring (ˈsiːˌfɛərɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  travelling by sea
2.  working as a sailor
 
n
3.  the act of travelling by sea
4.  the career or work of a sailor

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seafaring
c.1200, from sea + faring (see fare (v.)).
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Example sentences
He sees it as the pirates' attempt to evoke romantic notions of seafaring
  swashbucklers.
Oddly enough, for a seafaring nation before the era of tugboats, the tide was a
  fascinating topic long before him.
Musicians sometimes join the charter, playing seafaring tunes from the whaling
  era.
In time-honored seafaring tradition, a magnum of champagne was sent crashing
  into the ship's hull.
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