from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Inland and coastal waters under the jurisdiction of a nation or state, especially the ocean waters within 3 or 12 miles (4.8 or 19.3 kilometers) of the shoreline.
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- n. A country's inland lakes and waterways as well as the portion of its coastal oceans, seas, or other adjoining bodies of water considered to fall within the political boundaries and legal jurisdiction of that country.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- The waters under the territorial jurisdiction of a state; specif., the belt (often called the marine belt or territorial sea) of sea subject to such jurisdiction, and subject only to the right of innocent passage by the vessels of other states.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the waters surrounding a nation and its territories over which that nation exercises sovereign jurisdiction
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