SEA – ADJECTIVES (also see OCEAN)
– ALTUMAL of or relating to sailors or the sea; nautical …1711 sl. rare & arch.
– AT LARGE in the open sea …1643 rare
– BATHYBIAL belonging to or living in the deepest parts of the sea …1876
– BIMARICAL belonging to two seas …1692 obs.
– BOISTOUS of the wind, sea, weather: rough and violent; boisterous …1470 obs.
– BRIME of the sea: to be phosphorescent …1893
– FEATHER WHITE of the sea: turbulent, frothy, full of whitecaps …1924 Amer. dial.
– GLASSYASS used to describe an absolute calm at sea …1975 Amer. dial.
– HALIMOUS belonging to the sea; marine, maritime …1854
– MAD of wind, a storm, the sea: wild, violent …1594
– MARICOLOUS inhabiting the sea …B1900
– MARIGENOUS produced in or by the sea …1599
– MARINAL pert. to the sea …1614 obs.
– MARINE-SET placed on the sea-coast …1632 obs.
– MARITIMAL maritime, on the sea …1586 obs.
– NEPTUNEAN pert. to the sea …1852 rare
– NEPTUNIAN pert. to the sea …1656 rare
– OCEANINE belonging to the ocean or main sea …1656 obs. rare
– PANTOPELAGIAN frequenting or inhabiting all seas …1857
– PARALIOUS dwelling or growing by the sea …1654 obs.
– PECKY of the sea: choppy …c1860 colloq.
– PELAGIOUS pertaining to the open or high sea, as distinguished from the shallow water near the coast …1661 obs.
– PICKETTY of the sea: choppy …1968 Amer. dial.
– RALLIACH of the sea: choppy, showing signs of an approaching storm …c1850
– SALSIPOTENT ruling the sea …1575 obs. rare
– SHORT of the sea: having short waves; choppy …1663
– TARPAULIN pert to a mariner or sailor; sea-bred …1647 rare
– THALASSOPHILOUS fond of the sea; living in the sea …1891
– TOPPING of the sea: swelling into crested billows …1857
– TWO-SEA’D 1626 obs. – situated between two seas
– ULTRAMARINE situated beyond the sea …1652 rare
– WALLIE of the sea: tempestuous …1501 Sc. obs.
– WALLING of the sea, waves: boiling up, raging; of water: welling up, flowing abundantly …a1300 obs.
– WALLOW of the sea, waves: to roll, to surge, to heave, to toss …1362
– WALLY of the sea: tempestuous …1501 Sc. obs.
SEA – ADVERBS
– UNDER-LINE below the level of the sea …1605 rare
SEA – NOUNS
– BAMS phosphorescence on the sea …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– BING the sea beach …Bk1911 Sc.
– BLUE the sea …1850
– BLUE WATER the deep sea, the open sea …1834
– BOMMIE a bombora ( an area of large sea waves breaking over a shallow area such as a submerged rock shelf, reef, or sand bank that is located some distance from the shoreline and beach surf break) …Aust. sl.
– BOMMY a bombora ( see BOMMIE) …Aust. sl.
– BRABBLE a ruffle on the surface of the sea; a short swell …19C Eng. dial.
– BRINEY the sea …US Civil War usage
– BRINY, THE the ocean, the sea …1865 colloq.
– CALF-SKINS the sea ruffled by the wind in occasional spots …Bk1898 Sc.
– DAMP POT the sea, esp. the Atlantic …c1855 tailors’ sl.
– DAVID JONES the spirit of the sea …c1750 nautical usage
– DAVY the spirit of the sea; the sailors’ devil; the demon of the sea; hence the bottom of the sea; a watery grave; death in general …1790 nautical sl.
– DAVY JONES the spirit of the sea; the sailors’ devil; the demon of the sea; hence the bottom of the sea; a watery grave; death in general …1751 nautical sl.
– DAVY JONES’S CHEST-LID a watery grave; thus death in general …18C nautical usage
– DAVY JONES’S DOCK-YARD a watery grave; thus death in general …18C nautical usage
– DAVY JONES’S LOCKER the bottom of the sea, esp. as regarded as the grave of those who perish at sea …1774 nautical usage
– DAVY’S LOCKER the bottom of the sea, esp. as regarded as the grave of those who perish at sea …1802 nautical usage
– DIE the sea swell …Bk1900 Sc.
– DITCH the sea, esp. the English Channel or North Sea …1910s sl.
– FOAM a poetic word for the sea
– HAAF in Shetland and Orkney: the deep or main sea; now used only in connection with deep-sea fishing; hence, the part of the deep-sea frequented by fishermen; deep-sea fishing ground or station …1775
– HACK broken water, a choppy sea; a stiff or contrary wind which causes the sea to rise …1908 Sc.
– HAGGER a choppy sea, accompanied by wind and rain …1920 Sc.
– HALIOGRAPHY a description of the sea …1656 obs.
– HEAP-FLOOD a heavy sea …1583
– ILIE WATER a patch of smooth water with a choppy sea all round it …1925 Sc.
– JABBLE a ripple on the surface of water; a choppy sea, esp. that caused by meeting of tide and wind from opposite directions …1824 Sc.
– JOBBLE an undulation on the surface of the sea …1847
– KAI the sea; salt water …1938 Hawaii
– LAG water; the sea …M16 sl.
– LAMP-O’-THE-WATTER phosphorescence upon the sea …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– LAVE the sea …1825 rare
– MAIN the high sea, the open ocean …1579 now poetic usage
– MAIN FLOOD high water; a large or full-flowing body of water; the ocean or ‘main sea’, the high sea …c1303 obs.
– MAIN SEA the high sea …1526 arch.
– MALACE a calm at sea …1623 obs. rare
– MAR-FIRE the luminous appearance of the sea at night …1887 Eng. dial.
– MARINE the sea coast or shore; a promenade by the sea; also, the country or district in immediate proximity to the coast …a1300 obs.
– MARINORAMA a panoramic representation of sea views …1847 rare
– MALACE a calm at sea …1623 obs. rare
– MARITIME the sea-coast; a country or region adjoining the sea …1591 obs.
– MER-FIRE the luminous appearance of the sea at night …1887 Eng. dial.
– MID-WATER the middle of a stream or of the sea …Bk1905 Sc.
– MINN a mouth, inlet or arm of the sea; a deep hollow in the bottom of the sea; a bay or gulf the water of which is deeper than that of the sea outside it …1897 Sc.
– NARG hard, slow, laborious work, as in rowing; a strong contrary wind at sea, causing turbulence and commotion; a dangerous or troublesome sea …1903 Sc.
– NAVY the dominion of the sea …1422 obs. rare
– NEPTUNE the sea or ocean …c1385
– OFFING the more distant part of the sea seen from the shore, beyond the anchoring ground …1627 nautical
– OLD DAVY the spirit of the sea …c1750 nautical
– OLD SALTY the ocean …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– POND, THE the Atlantic Ocean …US Civil War usage
– RACE a strong current in the sea or a river …1375
– RACK the restless, driving movement of the waves; sea-foam …1822 Sc.
– REAMING-CALM a calm with the sea smooth and oily as cream …1901 Sc. (ream = cream)
– RIDE the swell or current of the sea …1892 Sc.
– RIVER LEA the sea …Bk1903 rhyming sl.
– ROSMARINE dew from the sea, sea-spray …1616 obs. rare
– RUT 1582 Eng. dial. rare – orig. the violent breaking of the sea on the shore; later, the roaring of the sea, esp. in breaking on the shore
– SAB the noise made by a gust of wind or by the rise and fall of the sea …1820 Sc.
– SAFER a sea voyage …1855 Eng. dial.
– SALT the sea …1892 Sc.
– SALT WATER the sea; hence a jocular form of address to a sailor …1839
– SEALUNGS the froth of the sea …1640
– SEA POUCE an inlet of the sea, esp. an artificial channel connecting a body of water with the sea …1650 Amer. dial.
– SEA PURSE an inlet of the sea, esp. an artificial channel connecting a body of water with the sea …1650 Amer. dial.
– SEA PUSS an inlet of the sea, esp. an artificial channel connecting a body of water with the sea …1650 Amer. dial.
– SEAPOOSE an inlet of the sea, esp. an artificial channel connecting a body of water with the sea …1650 Amer. dial.
– SEA-RIM the sea horizon …a1881
– SEPOOSE an inlet of the sea, esp. an artificial channel connecting a body of water with the sea …1650 Amer. dial.
– SONG OF THE SEA the noise made by the sea breaking on the shore …1866 Sc.
– SPLASH any form of water, eg. a river, a lake, a sea, a bath …1940s African-American sl.
– SUFF the inrush of the sea towards the shore …1599 obs.
– SUGAR-LOAF SEA high turbulent waves with little wind …1852
– SULK a hollow or trough of the sea …1578 obs. rare
– THALASSOMANIA Bk1991 – an abnormal love of the sea
– THALASSOPHOBIA Bk1991 – an abnormal fear of the sea
– TIDE the water of the sea; the sea, esp. when the tide is flowing …1791 poetical
– UNDER-BOD the swelling of the sea under a floating object …Bk1905 Sc.
– UNDERGRO a swelling or disturbance of the sea, an under-swell …1908 Sc.
– VADDLE a sea-pool that empties and fills as the tide ebbs and flows …1822 Sc.
– WALLER of the sea: to surge, to heave …1836 Sc.
– WALLOW the roll or swell of the sea …1868 poetic
– WALTER the rolling of the sea in a storm …c1400 obs.
– WATERY CAMP the surface of the sea …1598 obs.
SEA – NOUNS, PERSON
– HALIOGRAPHER a describer of the sea …1727 obs.
– MARITIME a person living near the sea …1655 obs. rare
– PARALIAN a dweller by the sea …1657 obs. rare
– SUBTERMARINE one who works under the sea …1891
SEA – PHRASES
– WITHIN FLUX AND REFLUX OF THE SEA 1717 US – between the flow and ebb of the sea
SEA – VERBS
– BURN of the sea: to be phosphorescent …1667 obs.
– FALL of the sea: to grow calm …1832 Sc.
– GROW of the sea: to swell …1600 obs.
– GROW DOWN of the sea: to subside …1748 obs.
– GROW HIGH the sea: to swell …1600. obs.
– JABBLE of the sea: to become choppy, as when the wind rises or at the meeting of tides …1824 Sc.
– JOBBLE to move unevenly like a choppy sea …1630 obs. rare
– MAKE of the tide, sea, etc.: to rise, surge, advance …Bk1905 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– MARINATE to transport over sea …1673 sl. obs.
– RAKE of the sea: to break on the shore with a long, grating sound …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– SAMP of the wind or the sea: to lull …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– WAFF to convey by sea …1602 obs.
– WALL of the sea, waves: to boil up, to rage …c893 obs.
– WANE of the sea, water: to subside, to ebb …c1290 obs.
SEA-COAST – see SEASHORE
SEA-FIGHT – NOUNS
– a mimic representation of a sea-fight NAUMACHIA 1596
– a mimic representation of a sea-fight NAUMACHY 1606 obs.
SEAGULL – see GULL
SEAL (animal) – NOUNS
– BIG SMELL a seal …Bk1942 Amer. circus sl.
– HAIR-FISH a fisherman’s taboo-name for the seal …1908 Sc. obs.
– JACK the skin of a seal …1795 Sc.
– JACKET the natural (usually hairy) covering or ‘coat’ of various animals; the skin of a seal, fish, etc. …1613
– JACKET a young seal …Bk1901 Newfoundland usage
– MAIG the flipper of a seal …a1838 Sc.
– MEG the flipper of a seal …a1838 Sc.
– RAGGED-JACKET the young of the harp seal during the first molt …1884
– RAGGEDY JACKET a harp seal moulting from the white coat to the bedlamer stage …1975 Can. usage
– TANG-FISH the seal …1809 Eng. dial.
– TANGIE a young seal …Bk1905 Sc.
SEAL (animal) – VERBS
– JACK to take the skin off a seal …1795 Sc.
SEAL, SEALING (for document) – ADJECTIVES
– OBSIGNATORY ratifying or confirming as with a seal …1630 rare
– SIGILLAR belonging to a seal or mark …1656 obs.
– SIGILLARY pert. to a seal or signet; connected with the use or making of seals, etc. …1652
– SIGILLISTIC pert. to seals …1867
– SIGNATORY used in sealing …1647 obs.
SEAL etc. (for document) – NOUNS
– AGALMA an image, representation, or emblem; the image on a seal …1607 rare
– JACKEN-CLOSER a seal (for document) …Bk1896 sl.
– JARK a seal; an engraved stamp used for sealing …1561 cant obs.
– JASKER a seal …1859 Amer. thieves’ sl.
– JURK a seal, a license …19C sl.
– OBSIGILLATION a sealing up …1658 obs. rare
– OBSIGNATION the act of sealing up; a fastening or restraining as with a seal …1653 obs. rare
– RAGMAN a document (contract, agreement, indenture, etc.) with seals attached …1362 obs.
– SIGIL a seal or signet …a1610
– SIGILLATION the act of sealing; the fact of being sealed; the impression of a seal …1642
– SIGILLOGRAPHY the science or study of seals …1879
– SIGNACLE a sign, seal, mark, figure …1382 obs.
– SIGNATION the act of marking with a seal, or of signing with the cross …1607 rare
– TAG a seal …1904 US prison sl.
SEAL etc. (for document) – NOUNS, PERSON
– SIGILLARIST a sigillographer …1898 rare
– SIGILLOGRAPHER one who pursues or is skilled in the study of seals …1882
SEAL etc. (for document) – VERBS
– OBSIGILLATE to seal up …1623 obs. rare
– OBSIGN to seal; to mark as with a seal; to ratify or confirm formally, as by sealing …1554 obs.
– OBSIGNATE to seal; to mark as with a seal; to ratify or confirm formally, as by sealing …1653 obs.
– SIGILLATE to seal; to seal up …1471
SEA LEVEL – ADJECTIVES
– below the sea-level SUBAQUEOUS 1724 nonce use
SEAMAN, SEAMANSHIP – ADJECTIVES (also see SAILOR & SERVICES)
– KILLICK a leading seaman’s badge …1915 Brit. nautical sl.
SEAMAN etc. – NOUNS
– BETHEL a place of worship for seamen …1840
– MARINAGE seamanship …1511 obs.
– MARINARY seamanship; knowledge of navigation …1684 obs. rare
SEAMAN etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– A.B. an able-bodied seaman …1875 sl.
– BARNACLE a veteran seaman …1908 US nautical sl.
– BARNACLEBACK a veteran seaman …1846 US nautical sl.
– BEECHMAN a midshipman …Bk1886 Anglo-Indian
– BEFORE THE MAST an ordinary seaman on a sailing-ship …Bk1958 Eng. nautical sl.
– BIRD a troublesome seaman …E19 nautical sl.
– BUNDLEMAN a married seaman, apparently from the small bundle tied up with a blue handkerchief which married seamen in a home port usually take ashore with them when going on leave …1895 nautical sl.
– CAT’S-PAW good-looking seamen employed to entice volunteers …nautical
– DAB-DAB a seaman …20C Royal Navy sl.
– DAB-TOE a seaman …20C Royal Navy sl.
– DECKAROO a deckhand …1937 US nautical sl.
– FOREMASTMAN 1674 US – an ordinary seaman
– GANNET orig. a greedy seaman; a greedy person; esp. a greedy seaman; a glutton; a heavy eater …1929 sl., orig. naval usage
– GAW-GAW a useless seaman …L19 nautical sl.
– GOB an American sailor or ordinary seaman …1915 sl., orig. US
– GOBSHITE an enlisted seaman …E20 US naval sl. rare
– HALF-MARROW an incompetent seaman …B1900 nautical sl.
– HEART YARN OF THE MAINBRACE a really tough seaman …Bk1950 nautical sl.
– ICE-MASTER a pilot or sailing-master who has special experience in navigating vessels among ice-floes – a pilot or seaman of experience employed to assist in navigating through in the Arctic Ocean …1853
– KILLICK a leading seaman …1920 Brit. nautical sl.
– MARINE a man who is ignorant and clumsy about seaman’s work; a greenhorn; a land-lubber …1840 nautical sl.
– MESSMAN’S HORROR a seaman with an enormous appetite …Bk1950 nautical sl.
– MONKEY’S ORPHAN a term of abuse for a lubberly seaman …20C Brit. nautical sl.
– MOWREE a New Zealand seaman …L19 Brit. sl.
– NEPTUNIST a navigator; a seaman; a sailor; a nautical person …1593 obs. rare
– OILY WAD a seaman with no special skill …1929 Brit. naval sl.
– OLD SOLDIER a worthless seaman …1840 sl., orig. & chiefly US
– PACKETARIAN a member of the crew of a packet-boat; a merchant seaman …1867 US hist. rare
– PACKETEER a member of the crew of a packet-boat; a merchant seaman …1922
– PADDY WESTER an inefficient or novice seaman …1927 Brit. sl.
– ROUGH KNOT a rough or unsophisticated seaman …1801 nautical usage
– SAILOR-MAN in uneducated and jocular use: a sailor, a seaman, a mariner …1790
– SALT-ROVER one who sails the seas …1620 obs.
– SOLDIER a worthless seaman …1840 sl., orig. & chiefly US
– STRIPEY a long-service able seaman, esp. one with good-conduct stripes …1942 Brit. naval sl.
– WAISTER a usually green or broken-down seaman stationed in the ‘waist’ of a ship (as a whaling vessel); the lowest caste aboard a warship, usually made up of landsmen, ship’s boys, and apprentice seamen; their principal duties were hauling on braces and downhauls amidships, i.e. in the ship’s waist (the central part of a ship; that part of the deck between the forecastle and the quarterdeck) …1815 nautical usage
SEAMAN etc. – PHRASES
– EVERY HAIR A ROPE YARN said of a tough seaman …1975 Amer. dial.
– EVERY HAIR A ROPE YARN AND EVERY DROP OF BLOOD STOCKHOLM TAR said of a tough seaman …1942 Amer. dial.
– KENNING BY KENNING increasing a seaman’s wages by the work he does …c1860 nautical colloq., chiefly used by the old whalers’
SEAMAN etc. – VERBS
– SWALLOW THE ANCHOR to give up seafaring life …1909 US nautical usage
SEAMSTRESS – NOUNS, PERSON
– a seamstress NEEDLE-DUMPER 1896 Sc.
– a seamstress NEEDLEWOMAN 1611
– a seamstress; a woman who works with a needle NEEDLE 1834 rare
SEAR, SEARED – ADJECTIVES
– seared, scorched; burnt up; dried up with heat, parched ADUST 1550
– seared, scorched; burnt up; dried up with heat, parched ADUSTED 1550 obs.
SEAR – VERBS
– to sear, to burn, to scorch; to dry up with heat ADUST 1550 obs.
SEARCH, SEARCHED, SEARCHING – ADJECTIVES
– EXQUISITIVE eager to discover or learn; tending to search out, bent on searching out; curious …1818 obs.
– INDAGACIOUS given to search or investigation; eager to investigate …1653 obs. rare
– LATED searched for; found …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– ON A MISSION in search of …1980s US college sl.
– QUESTFUL full of questing or searching …1869 rare
– TOSSED searched by the police …1950s Amer. sl.
SEARCH etc. – NOUNS
– ALL-POINTS a general alert, a search for a missing person …1960s sl.
– BINGO Bk2007 UK sl. – a successful search
– BODY SHAKE a shakedown of the body; a skin-search …Bk2006 US criminals’ sl.
– BOOTY CHECK a search of the rectum, as when police look for drugs …Bk2006 US sl.
– DACKER an official search …1690 Sc.
– FANNING a search of a person, esp. for weapons …1930s sl.
– FISHING EXPEDITION an exploratory search for facts …Bk2006 US sl.
– LAIT searching, search …c1460 obs.
– ONCE a search, as at customs …1920s sl.
– ONCE-OVER a search, as at customs …1920s sl.
– POKE 1992 colloq. – a searching, rummaging, or prying
– RAMP a search …1980s Aust. sl.
– RANGE a thorough search …1893 Sc.
– REEMISH a thorough search, accompanied with noise …Bk1904 Sc.
– SCRIMGE a thorough search …Bk1904 Sc. r
– SCRIMMAGE a through, fussy, noisy search …Bk1904 Sc.
– SCRINGE a prying, an eager search; a thorough rummage; a gleaning …Bk1904 Sc.
– SCROUNGE a search, a hunt …1910s sl.
– SKIN SHAKE a thorough search of a person’s body, including orifices …1967 US sl.
– SPIN a search of a person or a place for stolen goods, illegal substances, etc. …1970 UK police & prison sl.
SEARCH etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– DACKERER an official searcher under a sheriff’s warrant …1920 Sc.
– QUEST a person employed in searching …1604 obs. rare
– QUESTANT one who quests or searches …1601 obs. rare
– QUESTRIST one who goes in quest of another …1605 obs. rare
– SCRINGE a searcher; esp. a child or animal who searches out things not intended for him; a mean, miserly person …1892 Sc.
– SPANIEL one who pries into or searches out something …1562
SEARCH etc. – VERBS
– ARAB to search about …1949 Amer. dial.
– BATHER to struggle; to go hither and thither in search of anything; to fuss about …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– BEAT UP 1776 US – to search thoroughly
– BESEECH to seek after, to search for, to try to get …c1200 obs.
– BUSK to go searching or seeking for something; to go from place to place …1635 rare
– CALL to search out, to explore …1810 Sc.
– CALL ABOUT to search for …Bk1898 Sc.
– DACKER to search, examine …1634 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– DACKER to search a house or person for stolen goods; to search a house by official warrant …1700 Sc.
– EVESTIGATE to seek out, to search after, to investigate …1656 obs.
– EXPISCATE to ‘fish out’; to find out by scrutiny or inquiry; to search out; to discover by laborious investigation or strict examination …c1611
– FALL ABOUT to search around, to cast about …1632 obs.
– FAN to conduct a search of a suspect’s clothes, possessions or premises …c1850 sl., orig. US
– FAND; FOND to search a place, to examine a track …c1225 obs.
– FURIE to search …c1290 obs.
– HAIK to search, to rummage, as in a drawer, etc. …1956 Sc.
– HARKEN OUT to hunt out; to run down; to find by search …1606 obs.
– HAUL to search or examine thoroughly …1666 obs. rare
– HAVE A DANCE to have a hard search from place to place …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– JACK to search …1990s US sl.
– LAIT to look or search for; to seek, to try to find …a1300 obs.
– LAIT to search or look through; to examine …1300s obs.
– LAY to set watch or guard in a place; to search a place for …1560 obs.
– LAY ABOUT to contrive, to plan, to take measures to do something; to look out or make a search for …a1618 obs.
– LAY OUT to make a search for; to look out for …1624 obs.
– OFSECHE to seek after; to search for; to make a search …c1225 obs.
– PAUK; PAWK to search, to look about with outstretched neck, to pry …1893 Eng. dial.
– PERQUIRE to search through, or make diligent search into; to inquire diligently into …1597 obs. rare
– PERSCRUTE to scrutinize thoroughly; to make a thorough search or inquiry; to investigate …a1545 obs. rare
– POKE AROUND to examine or search, esp. in a dilatory way …1809 Amer. sl.
– QUAERITATE to inquire or search into …1657 obs. rare
– RAKE to make search or investigation; to poke into …1637
– RAKE to search a person …1956 Sc.
– RAKE HELL to search exhaustively …1542 obs.
– RAMACK to search, to ransack …1953 Amer. dial.
– RAMSACK to ransack; to search through in an exhaustive, messy or destructive way; to rummage …1837 Eng. & Amer. dial.
– RAMSHACK to ransack; to search through in an exhaustive, messy or destructive way; to rummage …1901 Amer. dial.
– RAMSHACKLE to ransack, to search for closely; to plunder …1802 Sc. & Eng. & Amer. dial.
– RAMSHAG to ransack; to search through in an exhaustive, messy or destructive way; to rummage …1959 Amer. dial.
– RANCEL to search throughout a parish for stolen or for insufficient goods; also, to inquire into every kind of misdemeanour …1615 Sc.
– RANCEL to search for; to grope; to ransack …1898 Sc.
– RANGE to search for thoroughly …1824 Sc.
– RANSACK to search a person for something stolen or missing …c1250 obs.
– RANSACK to make thorough search …c1386 rare
– RANSACKLE to ransack, to search for closely …1802 Eng. dial.
– RANSEL to search throughout a parish for stolen or for insufficient goods; also, to inquire into every kind of misdemeanour …1615 Sc.
– RANSHACKLE to ransack, to search for closely …1621 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– RATCH to search, to root about …1968 Amer. dial.
– REEMISH to search thoroughly and noisily …Bk1904 Sc.
– REMBLE to search …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– REMISH to search thoroughly and noisily …Bk1904 Sc.
– REMLE to search …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– RIG 1565 obs. – to make a thorough search of a place, receptable, etc.
– RIP to search; to rummage, esp. with a view to plunder …c1388 sl.
– SCOUT ABOUT to search and explore a place or area …1886 UK sl.
– SCOUT AROUND to search and explore a place or area …1886 UK sl.
– SCOVER to search; to discover; to ramble about ostentatiously …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SCRAM to search about for what can be picked up; to search with slight hope of success …1895 Eng. dial.
– SCRIM to bustle about; to work with energy and success; to conduct a vigorous search for anything …Bk1904 Sc.
– SCRIMGE to search thoroughly; to go from place to place, esp. with the idea of searching …Bk1904 Sc.
– SCRIMMAGE to search thoroughly and noisily …Bk1904 Sc.
– SCRINGE to search carefully; to wander about turning over everything; to pry about; to glean …1898 Sc.
– SCRUTATE to search out, to investigate …1882 rare
– SHAKE DOWN to search a person or place …1915 US sl.
– SIFT to search; to try …1611 obs.
– SKIRMISH to search, to scout, to rummage; to hunt up, to search out …1864 Amer. dial.
– SKIRMISH ABOUT to search, to scout, to rummage; to hunt up, to search out …1878 Amer. dial.
– SKIRMISH AROUND to search, to scout, to rummage; to hunt up, to search out …1907 Amer. dial.
– SKIRMISH UP to search, to scout, to rummage; to hunt up, to search out …1935 Amer. dial.
– SKRIM to bustle about; to work with energy and success; to conduct a vigorous search for anything …Bk1904 Sc.
– SNOUT ABOUT to search …1960s sl.
– SNOUT AROUND to search …1960s sl.
– TAKE ON to stop and search …1910s US police sl.
– THRUM to search for in a confused manner; to bring out after much search; to handle overmuch …Bk1905 Sc.
– UMSEEK to search for …c1460 obs.
– UNDERGROPE to search into, to investigate; to learn …a1412 obs.
– VENT to search or seek for …1574 obs.
– WAIT to search for …1340-70 obs.
– WALE to rummage, to search about in, to grope through …1869 Sc.
SEARCHLIGHT – ADJECTIVES
– working a searchlight ON THE MOVIES World War I Amer. sl.
– working a searchlight ON THE PICTURES World War I Amer. sl.
SEARCHLIGHT – NOUNS
– a warship’s searchlights MOVIES 1917 Royal Navy sl.
SEASHORE – ADJECTIVES
– ORARIAN dwelling on the coast, living by the seashore …1870 rare
SEASHORE – NOUNS
– BACKSIDES the ground between a sea-coast town and the sea …1825 Sc.
– BANK the sea-coast or shore; a beach …c1350 obs. exc. Sc. & Eng. dial.
– BANKS the seashore …1855 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– EBBS the seashore …1908 Sc.
– MARINE the sea coast or shore; a promenade by the sea; also, the country or district in immediate proximity to the coast …a1300 obs.
– ORE shore, coast …1652 obs. rare
– PANTS the ponds or sloppy places left by unusually high tides on the foreshore or between the sea embankments …1891 Eng, dial.
– SAND the shore of a sea …c1205 poetic usage, obs.
– SEA-RIM the seashore …c1205 obs. rare
– TIDE the water in a dock or harbour; the seashore …1867 Sc.
– VENTURE anything driven to shore by the tide or wind …1824 Sc.
SEASHORE – NOUNS, PERSON
– BEACH-COMBER one who hangs about the seashore or river-band on the lookout for jobs …1885 Eng. nautical sl.
– ORARIAN a dweller on the seashore …1870 obs.
– SHOEBE; SHOEBIE; SHOOBIE; SHUBIE a person who visits the seashore for the day, ‘with his lunch in a shoe box’ …1968 Amer. dial.
– VENTERER one who looks for articles driven to shore by tide or wind …1824 Sc.
SEASICK, SEASICKNESS – ADJECTIVES
– NAUSEABUND seasick …1861
SEASICK etc. – NOUNS
– FELLING OF OAKS seasickness …17C colloq.
– MISERY BOWL a bowl used for vomiting by sufferers of sea-sickness …L19 sl.
– OONY seasickness …20C Aust. sl.
– QUEERS, THE sea-sickness …L19 sl.
– RACE FOR THE STEWARD’S BASIN sea-sickness …20C jocular usage
SEASICK etc. – VERBS
– BE A GOOD SAILOR to be exempt from sea-sickness …1833
– FEED THE FISH to be seasick, and vomit in consequence …1928 Amer. dial.
– FEED THE FISHES to be seasick, and vomit in consequence …1928 Amer. dial.
– GIVE UP THE SHIP to be seasick …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– RACE FOR THE STEWARD’S BASIN to experience sea-sickness …20C jocular usage
– TELL WHAT WOOD THE SHIP IS MADE OF to be seasick …1580
– TRAVEL BY RAIL to be seasick …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
SEASON – ADJECTIVES
– BACK of the seasons: late, backward …1885 Eng. dial.
– BACKWARD of the seasons, vegetation, etc.: behindhand, late …1884 Eng. dial.
SEASON – NOUNS
– MIDSUMMER-COME-NEVER an imaginary season which never arrives …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– TIDEMENT time, tide, season …1560 obs. rare
– TIME season, time of year …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
SEASON, SEASONED, SEASONING (savoury) – ADJECTIVES
– enriched with seasoning HIGH-SEASONED 1675
– seasoned with ale YILL-SEASONED 1879 Sc.
SEASON etc. (savoury) – NOUNS
– seasoning SEASON 1966 Amer. dial.
– seasoning; something that gives a relish; a high or piquant flavour; a strong relish HAUT-GOÛT c1645 obs.
– seasoning; stuffing FARCIMENT 1657 obs.
SEASON etc. (savoury) – VERBS
– to season, to make palatable PALATE 1610 obs.
SEASONABLE, SEASONABLY – ADJECTIVES
– OPPORTUNEFUL affording opportunity; seasonable …1605 obs.
– TIDEFUL seasonable, opportune, right, fit, convenient, expedient …a1300 obs.
– TIDY timely, seasonable, opportune; in season …c1350 obs.
– TIMEFUL seasonable, due …a1300 rare
– TIMEOUS ; TIMOUS coming in due time; suitable or proper in respect of time; well-timed, seasonable, opportune …a1616, chiefly Sc.
– WELL-TIDED well-timed, seasonable …1801 Eng. dial.
SEASONABLE etc. – ADVERBS
– BETIME in good time, early, seasonably …a1300 obs.
SEAT – NOUNS
– AIN’T SHE SWEET a seat …Brit. rhyming sl.
– BANK a long seat for several to sit on, a bench or form; a platform or stage to speak from …1205 obs. exc. Sc.
– BUNKER a seat or bench …a1758 Sc.
– DEACON SEAT the seats nearest a fire …1975 US sl.
– GUNFIGHTER SEAT in a public place: a seat with the back against the wall, overlooking the room …1997 US sl.
– LADY-CHAIR a seat formed by the hands of two persons standing facing each other: each person grasping his own left wrist with his right hand, and the wrist of the opposite person with his left hand, or vice versa …1707
– OXYGEN SECTION seats in a stadium or coliseum that are high up and far from the action …1993 US sl.
– QUEEN CHAIR a method of carrying a person; a seat made by two persons crossing hands …Bk1905 Sc.
– QUEEN’S CHAIR a method of carrying a girl by seating her on the crossed and joined arms of two bearers …1923 Sc.
– QUEEN’S CUSHION a seat (for a girl) made by the crossed hands of two persons; a seat made by two persons crossing hands; when a boy is so carried, the term is
‘King’s cushion’ …1808
– QUEEN’S SEAT a method of carrying a girl by seating her on the crossed and joined arms of two bearers …1923 Sc.
– RESTING-CHAIR a long wooden seat with back and arms; a settle …1892 Sc.
– SEDILE a seat …LME obs.
– SIEGE a seat, esp. one used by a person of rank or distinction …a1225 obs.
– SITTING-PLACE a place to sit in, a seat …1382 rare
– SUNKIE a little seat …1815 Sc.
SEAT – NOUNS, PERSON
– GRAVE-JUMPER someone who takes another’s job, seat, etc., with indecent haste …Bk1999 Aust. sl.
SEAT – VERBS
– SIEGE to seat oneself; to place …1425 obs. rare
SEA URCHIN – NOUNS
– a sea urchin ARISTOTLE’S LANTERN 1990 Can. sl.
SEAWEED – ADJECTIVES
– ORY tasting or smelling of seaweed …1854 Eng. dial.
– TANG-COVERED of a rock: covered in seaweed …1888 Sc.
SEAWEED – NOUNS
– BLIBBANS; BLIBBARS strips of soft or slimy stuff; generally used of seaweed on rocks at ebb tide …Bk1824 Sc.
– DAVY JONES’ BEARD seaweed …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– GALYEW the slimy coating of green seaweed on an ebbed shore …1936 Sc.
– GAR any slimy, filthy, or muddy substance; that produced by algae in a pond or river; green seaweed; any sticky, miry mess …1808 Sc.
– GRASS seaweed …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– KELP RAFT a mass of kelp floating on the sea …1897
– NEPTUNE’S BEARD seaweed …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– ORE seaweed, esp. such as is cast on the shore and gathered for manure …1592 Eng. dial.
– ORE-MONGEL seaweed …1823 Eng. dial.
– ORE-STONE a rock covered with seaweed …1854 Eng. dial.
– ORE-WEED seaweed washed ashore by the tide …1586 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– SCORLINS slimy, cord-like seaweed …1899 Sc.
– SEA BEARD seaweed …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– SEA-BLUBBER a bladder-wrack (a common seaweed found in cold marine waters, having narrow brownish fronds with air-filled vesicles …1681 obs.
– SEA-ORE seaweed, esp. such as is cast on the shore and gathered for manure …1592 Eng. dial.
– SEA-TANG large coarse seaweed …1859 Eng. dial.
– SEA-TANGLE a general term for the larger seaweeds …1536
– SLODGE a kind of edible seaweed …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
- TANG large coarse seaweed …1547 Eng. dial.
– TANG-COW a bunch of seaweed …1889 Sc.
– TANGLE a general term for the larger seaweeds …1536
– TANGLE-WEED a general term for the larger seaweeds …1834
– TANGLE-WRACK a general term for the larger seaweeds …1721
– VAREC seaweed …1676
– WARE seaweed; esp. large drift seaweed used as manure …c725 Sc. & Eng. dial.