from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or on a shore, especially a seashore: a littoral property; the littoral biogeographic zone.
- n. A coastal region; a shore.
- n. The region or zone between the limits of high and low tides.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. of or relating to the shore, especially the seashore.
- n. A shore.
- n. The zone of a coast between high tide and low tide levels.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a shore, as of the sea.
- adj. Inhabiting the seashore, esp. the zone between high-water and low-water mark.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to a shore, as of the sea or a great lake; frequenting or living near the shore: as, littoral trade; littoral fishes or vegetation.
- Situated or bordering on a shore: as, the Littoral Provinces (Litorale or Küstenland), a division of Austria on the east coast of the Adriatic.
- n. A littoral tract or region; the part of a country lying along the coast.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the region of the shore of a lake or sea or ocean
- adj. of or relating to a coastal or shore region
If you want the coast guard to operate in American littoral waters, you will need an imminent danger right next to your littoral waters.
Gates also said the U.S. would deploy to Singapore a newly developed warship known as the littoral combat ship, which is a smaller combat vessel designed to operate close to shorelines rather than in the open ocean.
Perhaps someone may enlighten readers by stripping away all of the legal jargon littoral, etc. and explaining what is happening here.
A coastal variant of subtropical rain forest known as littoral rain forest is capable of withstanding high levels of airborne salt.
But away from the haunts of man along the littoral is a region of startling beauty -- of rivers and lagoons and hills, their shores and slopes garmented with perennial verdure, the forest-seas bathing the bases of towering peaks.
Technically, this is called the littoral area, and it is divisible into zones, each with its characteristic population.
What we may term the littoral or shore zone of the sea occupies a belt of prevailingly shallow water, varying in width from a few score to a few hundred miles.
Its latest disappointment came with a change in Navy procurement strategy that effectively shuts the shipyard out of bidding on future contracts for a small, speedy vessel called the littoral combat ship.
The vessels, called littoral combat ships, are designed for tasks associated with modern warfare near land, including hunting submarines, sweeping for mines, and defeating terrorists and pirates in small boats.
The Freedom is the first of two warships in a class called littoral combat ships.