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  • proper n. An inlet of the Atlantic Ocean between Britain (in the west), Scandinavia (in the east) and Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and France (in the south).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an arm of the North Atlantic between the British Isles and Scandinavia; oil was discovered under the North Sea in 1970


From Middle English North-see, from Old English norþsǣ ("northern sea, Bristol Channel, Baltic, North Sea"), equivalent to north +‎ sea. Cognate with West Frisian Noardsee ("North Sea"), Dutch Noordzee ("North Sea"), German Nordsee ("North Sea"), Swedish Nordsjön ("North Sea"), Icelandic Norðursjór ("North Sea"). (Wiktionary)


  • It refers to the North Sea oil industry, which has underpinned the UK's economy for more than three decades and is based in Aberdeen, deep in the SNP's heartland.

    SNP hopes a new wave can carry Scotland to independence

  • The North Sea is another fishing region facing problems with quotas.

    A Fish

  • TD: Well, it's my first new studio music in nearly twenty years, and I've written most of the music in England in the wheelhouse of my solar powered lifeboat looking out over the North Sea, which is a very inspiring place to be.

    Mike Ragogna: TED, Solar Power, Windpower, and All Things Amerikana : A Conversation with Thomas Dolby

  • The Sleipner Project in the North Sea is the first commercial-scale operation for sequestering CO2 in a deep saline reservoir.

    Carbon capture and storage

  • "The deal sees us continuing our investment in the North Sea, which is good news for our customers and shareholders," Mr. Laidlaw said.

    Centrica Wins Battle to Buy Oil Producer

  • The North Sea is a highly productive LME supporting average landings of 2.5 million metric tons of fish and shellfish every year.

    North Sea large marine ecosystem

  • The North Sea was the ocean in your mind blue, blue, and blue proud and great sea green / kelp brown / foam white

    Susanne Jorn

  • The green flat almost lawn-like areas running right up to the edge of the sea cliffs reminds me of a place in the north of England I once saw, except the North Sea was a soupy gray rather than your nice bright blue.

    'round here

  • The Russians all think East Siberia has even more oil than West Siberia; everyone in the North Sea, which is running out, is convinced there is even more to be found west of Shetland … no doubt when the time comes, they will be given the budget to go find it, and to work out how to get it to market.

    von Storch at Boulder « Climate Audit

  • Also they have a fishing trade to the North Seas for white fish, which from the place are called the North Sea cod.

    A Tour through the Eastern Counties of England, 1722


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