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sea front / search warrant

sea front, land bordering on the sea.

sea·girt (sE'gurt') adj. surrounded by the sea.

sea·go·ing (sE'gO'ing) adj. 1. designed, suitable, or used for sea travel. 2. seafaring.

sea green, medium bluish-green.

sea gull, gull¹.

sea horse 1. any of various slender fish, genus Hippocampus, found in warm and temperate seas having a horselike head and neck and a prehensile tail. Length: 2-8 inches. 2. walrus. 3. mythical sea creature, half fish and half horse.

Sea Islands, island chain in the southeastern United States, along the Atlantic coast of South Carolina, Georgia, and northern Florida.

seal¹ (sEl) pl., seals or seal. n. 1. any of several marine mammals, families Otariidae and Phocidae, having a streamlined body, a muscular neck, and limbs that are modified to form flippers. Some seals, fur seals, are hunted for their valuable pelt. Length: to 22 feet. 2. pelt or fur of such an animal, esp. sealskin. 3. leather made from the hide of such an animal. -- v.i. to hunt seals. [Old English seolh the marine mammal.]

sea1² (sEl) n. 1. impression in relief of a device, as a design, figure, or word, stamped on wax, paper, or other soft material to show ownership or authenticity and intended to represent officially a person, institution, or governing body. 2. representation of such an impression, or a disk or wafer of wax, paper, or other material bearing such an impression, affixed to a document to prove authenticity or to seal it shut. 3. stamp, die, ring, or other object engraved with a device, used to impart such impressions. 4. something that fastens firmly, closes completely, or makes airtight or watertight: to lick the seal on an envelope, to break the seal on a jar. 5. decorative gummed stamp or sticker. 6. something that serves to authenticate, confirm, or secure; pledge; assurance. 7. Archaic. mark or sign indicating ownership or serving as visible evidence of something. -- v.t. 1. to fasten or shut firmly or make airtight or watertight: to seal an envelope, to seal a tomb. My lips are sealed. 2. to fill or obstruct; stop up (often with up): to seal the cracks in a wall. An avalanche of rocks sealed up the cave. 3. to shut in or confine; enclose tightly: They sealed the documents in a strongbox. 4. to prevent or restrict access to (often with off): Police sealed off the area and questioned everyone closely. 5. to confirm, conclude, or assure as if by affixing a seal: to seal a bargain with a handshake. 6. to put beyond question, doubt, or reversal; decide finally or irrevocably: The arrival of reinforcements sealed our victory. 7. to place a seal on, as to prove authenticity, signify authorization, or prevent tampering. 8. to mark or stamp with a seal in order to certify or attest to the size, weight, accuracy, or quality of: to seal a scale. [Old French seel engraved signet for stamping documents in order to authenticate them, going back to Latin sigillum little mark, small figure, diminutive of signum sign, mark¹.]

sea lavender, any of a group of plants, genus Limonium, found in seaside regions of the Northern Hemisphere, bearing small, usually blue or purple flowers.

sea legs Informal ability to walk steadily aboard ship, esp. on rough seas.

seal·er¹ (sE'ler) n. 1. one who or that which fastens, closes, or makes airtight or watertight. 2. substance applied to a porous or unfinished surface in preparation for painting or varnishing. 3. official who inspects and tests weights, measures, or materials and certifies that they have met certain standards. [SEAL² + -ER¹.]

seal·er² (sE'ler) n. person or ship engaged in seal hunting. [SEAL¹ + -ER¹.]

seal·er·y (sE'ler E) pl., -er·ies. n. 1. occupation of hunting for seals; seal hunting. 2. place where seals are hunted.

sea level, mean level of the surface of the sea, esp. halfway between mean high and low water, used as a standard above and below which land elevations and sea depths are measured.

sea lily, crinoid.

sealing wax, mixture usually consisting of shellac and turpentine, which is fluid when heated but quickly solidifies as it cools, used for sealing letters, packages, jars, and other items.

sea lion, any of various large seals found chiefly in the Pacific Ocean, esp. the California sea lion, Zalophus californianus.

seal ring, signet ring.

seal·skin (sE'skin') n. pelt or fur of a fur seal.

Sea·ly·ham terrier (sE'lE ham', -lE em) small, short-legged terrier having a long head, round-tipped ears, and a rough, wiry coat of white hair. Height: 10 inches at the shoulder.

seam (sEm) n. 1. line formed by sewing together the edges of two or more pieces of cloth, leather, or similar material. 2. similar line, groove, or ridge formed by adjoining edges, as of planks or layers of bricks. 3. any mark resembling a seam, as a scar or crack. 4. stratum or thin layer, as of coal or rock. -- v.t. 1. to join together by or as by sewing. 2. to mark (a surface) with a seam or seams; furrow: Years of living in the open air had seamed the old sailor's face. -- v.i. to become furrowed; crack open. [Old English sEam line formed by sewing or joining two edges.]

sea·man (sE'men) pl., -men. n. 1. sailor; mariner. 2. person having or excelling in seamanship. 3. in the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard, an enlisted man of any of the three lowest grades.

sea·man·ship (sE'men ship') n. skill in and knowledge of all that relates to working, managing, or maneuvering a boat or ship.

sea·mark (sE'märk') n. any landmark visible from the sea, as a lighthouse or beacon, that serves as a navigational aid.

sea mew, mew².

seam·stress (sEm'stris) n. woman who is skilled at sewing, esp. one whose occupation is sewing. Also, semp'stress.

seam·y (sE'mE) seam·i·er, seam·i·est. adj. 1. dismal, squalid, or degraded; sordid: the seamy side of life. 2. having or showing seams. -- seam'i·ness, n.

sé·ance (sA'äns) n. meeting in which a group of people attempt to communicate with the spirits of the dead through the help of a medium. [French séance session, from Old French seoir to sit, from Latin sedére.]

sea otter, dark-brown otter, Enhydra lutris, found along the western coast of North America and around offshore islands of the Pacific, having broad, flipperlike hind feet. It is the largest of all otters and the only one that lives in salt water. Length: 50-64 inches, including the tail.

sea·plane (sE'plAn') n. airplane, esp. one equipped with floats, that is designed to take off from and land on water. Also, hy'dro·plane'.

sea·port (sE'pôrt') n. 1. port or harbor for seagoing vessels. 2. city or town having such a port or harbor.

sea power 1. nation that possesses formidable naval stength. 2. naval strength.

sea purse, tough, protective case or pouch encasing the eggs of skates and certain other fish.

sear (sEr) v.t. 1. to burn the surface of; char; scorch. 2. to dry up or wither: The prairie sun seared the fall grass. 3. to have a lasting and injurious effect on, esp. to harden or make callous: To give firmness to sensibility...without searing its feelings (Mackenzie, 1772). -- n. mark made by searing or burning. -- adj. Archaic. sere. [Old English sEarian to become withered, from sEar dry, withered.] -- Syn. v.t. 1. see scorch.

search (surch) v.t. 1. to look through, inspect, or explore carefully and thoroughly in order to find something: to search a suspect for concealed weapons. I've searched all my drawers, but my notebook is still missing. 2. to look into or examine carefully and closely; probe: to search one's soul. 3. to find, uncover, or come to know by exploration or investigation (with out): to search out the truth. -- v.i. to look carefully and thoroughly; make an examination or investigation: He searched through his pockets and still can't find his keys. Philosophers have been seaching for that answer for centuries. -- n. act of searching. [Old French cerchier to seek, from Late Latin circAre to go round, explore, from Latin circum around, about.] -- search'er, n.

search·ing (sur'ching) adj. 1. keenly observant and penetrating: a searching glance. 2. investigating and probing carefully and in every detail: a searching inquiry, searching questions. -- search'ing·ly, adv.

search·light (surch'lIt') n. 1. device that projects a strong beam of light in any direction by means of a concave reflector or a lens that focuses the light in a concentrated stream of rays. 2. beam of light so projected. 3. flashlight (def.1). 4. something th...

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 1216 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (June 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 002761560X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0027615609
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.2 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #976,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's easy to use and also gives definitions he can understand.
T Smith
I highly recommend it to all parents of kids who will need help with definitions in their homework and also, as they read for pleasure.
Just an ordinary "Jayne"
It's a perennial -- has been on the market for at least a decade or so because it's one of the best out there.
Alexandra Hopkins

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Just an ordinary "Jayne" on June 20, 2001
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My daughter (4th) grade was having homework in which she continually needed a dictionary for home use. We purchased this one, and it has been very worth it. We have used it time and again all year long and will continue to do so. The definitions are easy to read and comprehend, as well as up to date. My daughter loves it and so do I. It is written for a child to read and understand, yet at the same time, the definitions are accurate and not "watered" down just because it is a dictionary for kids. I highly recommend it to all parents of kids who will need help with definitions in their homework and also, as they read for pleasure. Finally, I AM a teacher, and as I teacher I recommend it HIGHLY as I have had many opportunities to compare it to many other dictionaries.... and this is one of the best!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Sherman on August 12, 2005
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I have 8th graders that are academically challenged. This dictionary provides good definitions, a sentence using the word, and sometimes even a picture. The kids love it and feel like they understand a definition when they look it up. With other dictionairies, the definitions are written on a level which seems to make the assumption that you already know a lot of vocabulary. This dictionary breaks down meanings without losing the the ability to appear erudite in the process. It more than suits the students' needs and mine.
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Macmillan Dictionary for Students is one of the best dictionary available for Middle Schoolers, High Schoolers, and people who like to use simple dictionaries. The trouble with many college and unabridged dictionaries is that you can look up a word and find several more in the definitions that you then need to look up. I have a large vocabulary, but don't like to get into these "word chains." Macmillan defines a large number of words of the high school and even college level and gives very precise and accurate definitions. It also is one of the few simple dictionaries that gives word derivations. The Webster's New World Student's (high school) also gives derivations; but I find Macmillan's derivations to be more complete and understandable. The Macmillans definitions are also simpler. I use this dictionary myself and also bought one for my son and nephew for their college studies. It's a perennial -- has been on the market for at least a decade or so because it's one of the best out there.
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By T Smith on October 12, 2012
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I made the decision to purchase this dictionary because I had one just like it when I was a kid. My son is just learning how to use a dictionary and like I knew, this is the best one for him. It's easy to use and also gives definitions he can understand. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.
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The dictionary has easy to understand definitions. My son has had to use an adult level dictionary to look up some words from 5th grade advanced vocabulary that were not in this one, but perhaps that is to be expected.
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It is a good dictionary, not too simple but enough definitions to understand the meaning of the word. I like it as this dictionary as it is fairly complete.
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Surprisingly thorough for a simple dictionary. Good, clear definitions. A very nice addition to the library.
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