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  • Gene Tehansky
    Bruce, Thanks again. Had to read a long way down to run into the usage I find over and over in the groups, all the way to 4. A dictionary, whood a thought!
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      Thanks again. Had to read a long way down to run into the usage I
      find over and over in the groups, all the way to 4. A dictionary,
      whood a thought! How archaic! 8^) I actually have searched on the
      web in the past but got no satisfaction.

      Gene T.

      On 5 May, 2008, at 10:58 AM, Bruce Hallman wrote:

      > Jumping in on the conversation, the meaning of nautical words like
      > 'seaway' fascinates me too. I just looked it up in the Oxford English
      > Dictionary, (which is a great dictionary). I see that the word dates
      > to the year 1000 which is really old (or older) than the English
      > language. OED definition pasted below:
      > Seaway, Sea-way
      > 1. a. A way over the sea; the sea as a means of communication; the
      > open sea. Also (nonce-use) a channel made for the sea.
      > a1000 Ags. Ps. viii. 8 (Thorpe) Fleo{asg}ende fu{asg}las, and
      > sæ~fiscas, {th}a fara{edh} {asg}eond {th}a sæ-we{asg}as. [Vulg. qui
      > perambulant semitas maris.] c1425 Eng. Conq. Irel. xxxiii. 80 From
      > thens thay wentten to lysmore,..robbeden & prayeden, & by the see wey
      > senten many grete prayes to Watyrford. 1856 KANE Arct. Expl. I. xxiv.
      > 323 We passed beyond the protection of the straits into the open
      > seaway. 1890 'R. BOLDREWOOD' Col. Reformer (1891) 432 The graceful
      > craft, leaning to the..south wind, swept forth towards the sea-way.
      > 1891 J. WINSOR Columbus App. 641 Sebastian Münster, in his maps..makes
      > a clear seaway to the Moluccas somewhere in the latitude of the Strait
      > of Belle Isle.
      > b. An artificial or natural channel connecting two tracts of sea.
      > 1866 Daily Tel. 11 Jan. 5/4 Xerxes cut a sea-way through Mount Athos.
      > 1977 A. HALLAM Planet Earth 222/1 Towards the close of the period the
      > old seaway of Tethys was progressively eliminated as the African plate
      > moved northwards to impinge upon the Asian plate.
      > c. An inland waterway with passage to the sea, esp. one capable of
      > accommodating large ocean-going vessels. N. Amer. (chiefly in phr. St.
      > Lawrence Seaway).
      > 1921 A. M. EVANS in Chicago Daily Tribune 4 Aug. 21/7 Coastwise trade
      > between Chicago and Atlantic ports..stands second only to the foreign
      > commerce possibilities offered by the St. Lawrence seaway project.
      > 1933 Sun (Baltimore) 23 June 3/1 (heading) Lakes-to-the-Gulf seaway
      > dedicated... The joining of the Great Lakes with the Gulf of
      > Mexico..by a $102,000,000 inland waterway was completed officially
      > today. 1941 F. D. ROOSEVELT in Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Basin:
      > Hearings (1942) I. 2, I recommend authorization of construction of the
      > St. Lawrence seaway and power project, pursuant to the agreement of
      > March 19, 1941, with Canada, as an integral part of the joint defense
      > of the North American continent. 1959 Times 27 June 6/5 The royal
      > yacht Britannia..entered the 2,300-mile St. Lawrence Seaway to mark
      > the ceremonial opening of that great engineering project. 1968 Encycl.
      > Brit. XIX. 910/2 The broader concept of the 'seaway', and one which is
      > in general usage, includes the entire system of lakes, locks, canals,
      > and rivers which have converted over 6,600 mi. (10,621 km.) of
      > mainland Great Lakes shore line of the United States and Canada into
      > another seacoast. 1976 Leader-Post (Regina, Saskatchewan) 24 June I.
      > 1/2 An oil spill that stretched 15 miles along the St. Lawrence
      > Seaway.
      > 2. 'The progress of a ship through the waves' (Smyth Sailor's
      > Word-bk. 1867).
      > 1787 BURNS Addr. to Unco Guid iv, Wi' wind and tide fair i' your tail,
      > Right on ye scud your sea-way.
      > 3. A rough sea. Usually in a sea-way (said of a ship).
      > 1840 Civ. Engin. & Arch. Jrnl. III. 181/2 The effects of a sea-way
      > upon the Eddystone or Bell Rock. c1860 H. STUART Seaman's Catech. 62
      > Weights at the extremities cause a ship to be uneasy in a sea-way.
      > 1867 SMYTH Sailor's Word-bk., Sea-way,..said when a vessel is in an
      > open place where the sea is rolling heavily. 1883 STEVENSON Treas.
      > Isl. xxiii, The coracle..was a very safe boat.., both buoyant and
      > clever in a seaway.
      > 4. attrib.
      > 1867 SMYTH Sailor's Word-bk., Sea-way measurer, a kind of
      > self-registering log invented by Smeaton. [The term is not used in
      > Smeaton's paper, Phil. Trans. XLVIII. (1754) 532.] 1907 Daily Chron. 6
      > Dec. 6/4 The Nantucket Lightship, warning seaway travellers of a
      > deadly shoal.
      > And, "keep the sea" per the OED means:
      > Sea, n. 5b; Sea-keeping, of a ship, hovercraft, etc.: the endurance of
      > (rough) conditions at sea;

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