from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun plural The open waters of an ocean or a sea beyond the limits of the territorial jurisdiction of a country.

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  • noun nautical Parts of the ocean surface that are far from shore.
  • noun specifically International waters; parts of the ocean that are not considered to belong to any specific country.


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