- At the ocean or sea, typically of a ship or person aboard a ship.
- idiomatic In a state of confusion or bewilderment.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. upon the ocean; away from land; figuratively, without landmarks for guidance; lost; at the mercy of circumstances.
- adj. perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment
“Varner gave testimony he had been employed by certain Confederate sympathizers to supply the Rebellion with “goods and chattel” and that his entire cargo and crew had been overcome at sea by “creatures not of this Earth but from the very Bowels of Hell.””
“Well, I have survived over fifteen years at sea and gained respect, so I am not about to take cheek from the likes of a Len Dyer.”
“The tempest arrived an hour later with greater ferocity than that one at sea off Cape Dromedary, and more terrifying by far; every one of its colossal, brilliant bolts came straight to earth amid the trees.”
“Some of the convicts had managed to obtain rum as well, and Scarborough was selling Dutch gin she had picked up floating at sea off the Scilly Isles.”
“He looked like one of those albatrosses at sea that fly for days searching for a place to land.”
“When his near-vertical climb reached 90,000 feet, atmospheric pressure fell to a scant 6 millibars, about 1 percent of the pressure at sea level.”
“Whether at sea or on land, the chemical process that traps photons and uses them to drive ‘uphill’ energy-consuming chemical reactions, manufacturing convenient energy-storage molecules such as sugars and starch, is called photosynthesis.”
“He and Ray were at sea off the northeastern end of the island, not far from an infamous spot named Punta Diablo, when a storm came up.”
“More than three hundred galleys admiraled and crewed superbly, with himself in overall command—what did an Apulian lout like Marcus Agrippa think he was doing, to take on Sextus Pompeius, unbeaten at sea for ten long years?”
“He was encouraged in the undertaking by St. Oswald of York, who advised him that where men have renounced the world the air becomes salubrious, the fruits of the earth are gathered in abundance, famines and pestilence disappear, the State is duly governed, prisons are opened, and captives set free, those wrecked at sea are relieved, the sick are healed and the weak find means for their convalescence.”
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