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seafaring

[see-fair-ing] /ˈsiˌfɛər ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
traveling by sea.
2.
following the sea as a trade, business, or calling.
3.
of, relating to, or occurring during a voyage on the sea.
noun
4.
the business or calling of a sailor.
5.
traveling by sea.
Origin of seafaring
early Middle English
1150-1200
1150-1200; early Middle English safarinde (adj.); see sea, fare, -ing2, -ing1
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  • The population of the village consists of seafaring people and their families.

    Ben Hadden W.H.G. Kingston
  • My father and grandfather, too, for that matter were seafaring men, both captains.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • A seafaring friend of mine suggested my accompanying him on his cargo steamer from the Port of London to Bordeaux.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
  • In the meantime, like the seafaring man, he would just “stand by.”

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • He was obviously well—as well as a hard, seafaring life will make a man who lives simply and works hard.

    The Vultures Henry Seton Merriman
  • "I have changed my opinion of a seafaring life," Ryan said, after a pause.

  • In his seafaring, Donald had never experienced such a contest.

    The Viking Blood Frederick William Wallace
  • seafaring men were not much given to thought of the other world.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • With the decline of square sail, a new way of seafaring opened to us.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
British Dictionary definitions for seafaring

seafaring

/ˈsiːˌfɛərɪŋ/
adjective (prenominal)
1.
travelling by sea
2.
working as a sailor
noun
3.
the act of travelling by sea
4.
the career or work of a sailor
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Word Origin and History for seafaring
adj.

c.1200, from sea + faring (see fare (v.)).

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