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3 definitions found
 for at sea
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sea \Sea\ (s[=e]), n. [OE. see, AS. s[=ae]; akin to D. zee, OS.
     & OHG. s[=e]o, G. see, OFries. se, Dan. s["o], Sw. sj["o],
     Icel. saer, Goth. saiws, and perhaps to L. saevus fierce,
     savage. [root]151a.]
     1. One of the larger bodies of salt water, less than an
        ocean, found on the earth's surface; a body of salt water
        of second rank, generally forming part of, or connecting
        with, an ocean or a larger sea; as, the Mediterranean Sea;
        the Sea of Marmora; the North Sea; the Carribean Sea.
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     2. An inland body of water, esp. if large or if salt or
        brackish; as, the Caspian Sea; the Sea of Aral; sometimes,
        a small fresh-water lake; as, the Sea of Galilee.
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     3. The ocean; the whole body of the salt water which covers a
        large part of the globe.
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              I marvel how the fishes live in the sea. --Shak.
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              Ambiguous between sea and land
              The river horse and scaly crocodile.  --Milton.
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     4. The swell of the ocean or other body of water in a high
        wind; motion or agitation of the water's surface; also, a
        single wave; a billow; as, there was a high sea after the
        storm; the vessel shipped a sea.
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     5. (Jewish Antiq.) A great brazen laver in the temple at
        Jerusalem; -- so called from its size.
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              He made a molten sea of ten cubits from brim to
              brim, round in compass, and five cubits the height
              thereof.                              --2 Chron. iv.
                                                    2.
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     6. Fig.: Anything resembling the sea in vastness; as, a sea
        of glory. --Shak.
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              All the space . . . was one sea of heads.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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     Note: Sea is often used in the composition of words of
           obvious signification; as, sea-bathed, sea-beaten,
           sea-bound, sea-bred, sea-circled, sealike, sea-nursed,
           sea-tossed, sea-walled, sea-worn, and the like. It is
           also used either adjectively or in combination with
           substantives; as, sea bird, sea-bird, or seabird, sea
           acorn, or sea-acorn.
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     At sea, upon the ocean; away from land; figuratively,
        without landmarks for guidance; lost; at the mercy of
        circumstances. "To say the old man was at sea would be too
        feeble an expression." --G. W. Cable
  
     At full sea at the height of flood tide; hence, at the
        height. "But now God's mercy was at full sea." --Jer.
        Taylor.
  
     Beyond seas, or Beyond the sea or Beyond the seas
        (Law), out of the state, territory, realm, or country.
        --Wharton.
  
     Half seas over, half drunk. [Colloq.] --Spectator.
  
     Heavy sea, a sea in which the waves run high.
  
     Long sea, a sea characterized by the uniform and steady
        motion of long and extensive waves.
  
     Short sea, a sea in which the waves are short, broken, and
        irregular, so as to produce a tumbling or jerking motion.
        
  
     To go to sea, to adopt the calling or occupation of a
        sailor.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  at sea
      adj 1: perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements;
             filled with bewilderment; "obviously bemused by his
             questions"; "bewildered and confused"; "a cloudy and
             confounded philosopher"; "just a mixed-up kid"; "she felt
             lost on the first day of school" [syn: baffled,
             befuddled, bemused, bewildered, confounded,
             confused, lost, mazed, mixed-up, at sea]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  45 Moby Thesaurus words for "at sea":
     abashed, abroad, adrift, afloat, astray, bewildered, bothered,
     by sea, by water, clueless, confused, discomposed, disconcerted,
     dismayed, disoriented, distracted, distraught, disturbed,
     embarrassed, guessing, homeward bound, in a fix, in a maze,
     in a pickle, in a scrape, in a stew, in blue water, in soundings,
     lost, making way, mazed, off soundings, off the course,
     off the heading, off the track, perturbed, put-out, turned around,
     under bare poles, under sail, under way, upset, with sails spread,
     with way on, without a clue
  
  

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