Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A landmark visible from the sea, used as a guide in navigation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any elevated object on land which serves as a guide to mariners, such as a hill or steeple.
  • n. A beacon, buoy, etc. placed in the sea to aid navigation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any elevated object on land which serves as a guide to mariners; a beacon; a landmark visible from the sea, as a hill, a tree, a steeple, or the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any elevated object on land which serves for a direction to mariners in entering a harbor, or in sailing along or approaching a coast; a beacon, as a light-house, a mountain, etc.

Etymologies

sea +‎ mark. Compare landmark. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Onward they sailed along the south bank of the estuary, past the great sea-carved stone arches of “Île Percée” that made it an important seamark.

    Champlain's Dream

  • The men came back saying they'd set up a seamark, but there was no place for a port.

    The Persian Boy

  • The ruins of the Cistercian Church which once graced this shore and raised above the trees its lighthouse tower, a seamark by day and a beacon by night, are among the loveliest in Wessex.

    Wanderings in Wessex An Exploration of the Southern Realm from Itchen to Otter

  • Where lies your landmark, seamark, or soul’s star?

    On the Portrait of Two Beautiful Young People

  • He rubbed his glass, and called some other officers to verify the absence of the ancient seamark, but all they could make out was a white cloud, that might be smoke or dust or mist hanging over the town.

    The Nebuly Coat

  • It was not for many months afterwards that Lieutenant Ennefer heard of the catastrophe, and when he came up Channel again on his return four years later, there was the old seamark clear once more, whiter a little, but still the same old tower.

    The Nebuly Coat

  • The sound of the strokes recalled his mind for the moment to those early days, when the ambition for a seat in Parliament had been the very seamark of his utmost sail.

    The Dictator

  • Where lies your landmark, seamark, or soul's star?

    Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins Now First Published

  • Then falling into a moment’s revery, he again looked up towards the sun and murmured to himself: “Thou seamark! thou high and mighty Pilot! thou tellest me truly where I am — but canst thou cast the least hint where I shall be?

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • "Thou seamark! thou high and mighty Pilot! thou tellest me truly where I am -- but canst thou cast the least hint where I shall be?

    Moby Dick: or, the White Whale

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