Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Sea widgeon (Zoology) (a) The scaup duck. (b) The pintail duck.
Sea willow (Zoology) A gorgonian coral with long flexible branches.
Sea wing (Zoology) A wing shell ( Avicula ).
Sea withwind (Botany) A kind of bindweed ( Convolvulus Soldanella ) growing on the seacoast of Europe.
Sea wolf (Zoology) (a) The wolf fish. (b) The European sea perch. (c) The sea elephant. (d) A sea lion.
Sea wood louse (Zoology) A sea slater.
Sea woodcock (Zoology) The bar- tailed godwit.
Sea wormwood (Botany) A European species of wormwood ( Artemisia maritima ) growing by the sea.
Sea wrack (Botany) See Wrack .
Sea-bar noun (Zoology) A tern.
Sea-blubber noun (Zoology) A jellyfish.
Sea-bordering adjective Bordering on the sea; situated beside the sea. Drayton.
1. Born of the sea; produced by the sea. "Neptune and his sea-born niece." Waller. 2. Born at sea.
Sea-built adjective Built at, in, or by the sea.
(sē"ēr`) noun (Zoology) Any species of ear-shaped shells of the genus Haliotis . See Abalone .
Sea-gate, Sea-gait noun A long, rolling swell of the sea. Ham. Nav. Encyc.
Sea-green adjective Of a beautiful bluish green color, like sea water on soundings.
Sea-island adjective Of or pertaining to certain islands along the coast of South Carolina and Georgia; as, sea-island cotton, a superior cotton of long fiber produced on those islands.
1. The mermaid. 2. A sea nymph.
Sea-mail noun [ Sea + (perhaps) Mall Mally, for Mary ; hence, Prov. English mally a hare.] (Zoology) A gull; the mew.
Seabeach noun A beach lying along the sea. "The bleak seabeach ." Longfellow.
Seabeard noun (Botany) A green seaweed ( Cladophora rupestris ) growing in dense tufts.
Seaboard noun [ Sea + board , French bord side.] The seashore; seacoast. Ld. Berners.
Seaboard adjective Bordering upon, or being near, the sea; seaside; seacoast; as, a seaboard town.
Seaboard adverb Toward the sea. [ R.]
Seaboat [ Anglo-Saxon sǣbāt .]
1. A boat or vessel adapted to the open sea; hence, a vessel considered with reference to her power of resisting a storm, or maintaining herself in a heavy sea; as, a good sea boat . 2. (Zoology) A chiton.
Seabound adjective Bounded by the sea.
Seacoast noun The shore or border of the land adjacent to the sea or ocean. Also used adjectively.
Seafarer noun [ Sea + fare .] One who follows the sea as a business; a mariner; a sailor.
Seafaring adjective Following the business of a mariner; as, a seafaring man.
Seagirt adjective Surrounded by the water of the sea or ocean; as, a seagirt isle. Milton.
Seagoing adjective Going upon the sea; especially, sailing upon the deep sea; -- used in distinction from coasting or river , as applied to vessels.
Seah noun A Jewish dry measure containing one third of an ephah.
Seak noun Soap prepared for use in milling cloth.
[ Middle English sele
, Anglo-Saxon seolh
; akin to Old High German selah
, Danish sæl
, Swedish själ
, Icelandic selr
.] (Zoology) Any aquatic carnivorous mammal of the families Phocidæ and Otariidæ .
» Seals inhabit seacoasts, and are found principally in the higher latitudes of both hemispheres. There are numerous species, bearing such popular names as sea lion
, sea leopard
, sea bear
, or ursine seal
, fur seal
, and sea elephant
. The bearded seal ( Erignathus barbatus
), the hooded seal ( Cystophora cristata
), and the ringed seal ( Phoca fœtida
), are northern species. See also Eared seal
, Harp seal
, Monk seal
, and Fur seal
, under Eared
, and Fur
. Seals are much hunted for their skins and fur, and also for their oil, which in some species is very abundant. Harbor seal (Zoology)
, the common seal ( Phoca vitulina ). It inhabits both the North Atlantic and the North Pacific Ocean, and often ascends rivers; -- called also marbled seal , native seal , river seal , bay seal , land seal , sea calf , sea cat , sea dog , dotard , ranger , selchie , tangfish .
[ Middle English seel
, Old French seel
, French sceau
, from Latin sigillum
a little figure or image, a seal, dim. of signum
a mark, sign, figure, or image. See Sign
, and confer Sigil
.] 1. An engraved or inscribed stamp, used for marking an impression in wax or other soft substance, to be attached to a document, or otherwise used by way of authentication or security. 2. Wax, wafer, or other tenacious substance, set to an instrument, and impressed or stamped with a seal; as, to give a deed under hand and seal .
Till thou canst rail the seal from off my bond Shak. 3. That which seals or fastens; esp., the wax or wafer placed on a letter or other closed paper, etc., to fasten it. 4. That which confirms, ratifies, or makes stable; that which authenticates; that which secures; assurance.
Thou but offend'st thy lungs to speak so loud.
"Under the seal
of silence." Milton.
Like a red seal is the setting sun Longfellow. 5. An arrangement for preventing the entrance or return of gas or air into a pipe, by which the open end of the pipe dips beneath the surface of water or other liquid, or a deep bend or sag in the pipe is filled with the liquid; a draintrap. Great seal
On the good and the evil men have done.
. See under Great .
-- Privy seal
. See under Privy , adjective
-- Seal lock
, a lock in which the keyhole is covered by a seal in such a way that the lock can not be opened without rupturing the seal.
-- Seal manual
. See under Manual , adjective
-- Seal ring
, a ring having a seal engraved on it, or ornamented with a device resembling a seal; a signet ring. Shak.
Seal transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Sealed
; present participle & verbal noun Sealing
.] [ Middle English selen
; confer Old French seeler
, French sceller
, Late Latin sigillare
. See Seal
a stamp.] 1. To set or affix a seal to; hence, to authenticate; to confirm; to ratify; to establish; as, to seal a deed.
And with my hand I seal my true heart's love. Shak. 2. To mark with a stamp, as an evidence of standard exactness, legal size, or merchantable quality; as, to seal weights and measures; to seal silverware. 3. To fasten with a seal; to attach together with a wafer, wax, or other substance causing adhesion; as, to seal a letter. 4. Hence, to shut close; to keep close; to make fast; to keep secure or secret.
Seal up your lips, and give no words but "mum". Shak. 5. To fix, as a piece of iron in a wall, with cement, plaster, or the like. Gwilt. 6. To close by means of a seal; as, to seal a drainpipe with water. See 2d Seal , 5. 7. Among the Mormons, to confirm or set apart as a second or additional wife.
[ Utah, U.S.]
If a man once married desires a second helpmate . . . she is sealed to him under the solemn sanction of the church. H. Stansbury.
Seal intransitive verb To affix one's seal, or a seal.
I will seal unto this bond. Shak.
Seal-brown adjective Of a rich dark brown color, like the fur of the fur seal after it is dyed.
Sealer noun One who seals; especially, an officer whose duty it is to seal writs or instruments, to stamp weights and measures, or the like.
Sealer noun A mariner or a vessel engaged in the business of capturing seals.
Sealgh, Selch noun . (Zoology) A seal. [ Scotch]
Sealing wax A compound of the resinous materials, pigments, etc., used as a material for seals, as for letters, documents, etc.
Sealskin noun The skin of a seal; the pelt of a seal prepared for use, esp. of the fur seal; also, a garment made of this material.
[ See Saim
.] Grease; tallow; lard.
[ Obsolete or Prov. Eng.] Shak. Dryden.
[ Middle English seem
, Anglo-Saxon seám
; akin to Dutch zoom
, Old High German soum
, German saum
, LG. soom
, Icelandic saumr
, Swedish & Danish söm
, and English sew
. √ 156. See Sew
to fasten with thread.] 1. The fold or line formed by sewing together two pieces of cloth or leather. 2. Hence, a line of junction; a joint; a suture, as on a ship, a floor, or other structure; the line of union, or joint, of two boards, planks, metal plates, etc.
Precepts should be so finely wrought together . . . that no coarse seam may discover where they join. Addison. 3. (Geol. & Mining) A thin layer or stratum; a narrow vein between two thicker strata; as, a seam of coal. 4. A line or depression left by a cut or wound; a scar; a cicatrix. Seam blast
, a blast made by putting the powder into seams or cracks of rocks.
-- Seam lace
, a lace used by carriage makers to cover seams and edges; -- called also seaming lace .
-- Seam presser
. (Agriculture) (a) A heavy roller to press down newly plowed furrows
. (b) A tailor's sadiron for pressing seams. Knight.
-- Seam set
, a set for flattering the seams of metal sheets, leather work, etc.
Seam transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Seamed
; present participle & verbal noun Seaming
.] 1. To form a seam upon or of; to join by sewing together; to unite. 2. To mark with something resembling a seam; to line; to scar.
Seamed o'er with wounds which his own saber gave. Pope. 3. To make the appearance of a seam in, as in knitting a stocking; hence, to knit with a certain stitch, like that in such knitting.
Seam intransitive verb To become ridgy; to crack open.
Later their lips began to parch and seam . Latin Wallace.
[ Anglo-Saxon seám
, Late Latin sauma
, Latin sagma
a packsaddle, from Greek .... See Sumpter
.] A denomination of weight or measure.
Specifically: (a) The quantity of eight bushels of grain.
of oats." P. Plowman. (b) The quantity of 120 pounds of glass.