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[see-wey] /ˈsiˌweɪ/
a way over the sea.
the open sea.
the progress of a ship through the waves.
a more or less rough sea:
a hard vessel to steer in a seaway.
a canal, enlarged river, etc., giving access to a landlocked port by oceangoing vessels.
Origin of seaway
before 1000; Middle English seewey, Old English sǣweg. See sea, way1 Unabridged
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  • Of course it can't be helped, with the tender rising and falling four or five feet in the seaway.

    From Chart House to Bush Hut Charles W. L. Bryde
  • The crew cheered, for it was a splendid shot at that distance and in a seaway.

    The Black Buccaneer Stephen W. Meader
  • He asked why the Nequasset was loafing there in the seaway without steering headway on her!

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • A craft so small could not reasonably be expected to live in such a seaway.

  • The seaway is foul with wrecks, foundered on beach and sandbar—the tide vexed by under-water obstructions.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • Loaded an ore boat with avgas and ammo and ran it up the seaway.

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
  • A ship's yawl, being both broad and deep, is one of the safest of small boats in a seaway.

    Ralph Granger's Fortunes William Perry Brown
  • The Inlet ends there, the seaway barred by these frowning declivities.

    The Hidden Places Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • For some miles the seaway is narrow, but it broadens out again before the end is reached.

  • True, she rolled heavily in a seaway and was unhandy on her helm when running at slow speed.

British Dictionary definitions for seaway


a waterway giving access to an inland port, navigable by ocean-going ships
a vessel's progress
a rough or heavy sea
a route across the sea
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