from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Unobstructed space at sea adequate for maneuvering a ship.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Room or space at sea for a vessel to maneuver, drive, or scud, without peril of running ashore or aground.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Sufficient room at sea for a vessel to make any required movement; space free from obstruction in which a ship can be easily manœuvered or navigated.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. space for maneuver at sea
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The Commodore wrote: "I decided to move my patrol into the area north and east of English Bank, as I considered that a battle in the very restricted water just outside the three-mile limit off Montevideo was impractical, owing to the lack of sea room and possibility of 'overs' landing in Uruguay and causing international complications."
Then they shook out two reefs and tried to drive her out in little tacks as their sea room got less and less.
Had the battle begun three hours earlier, had the visibility been that of the Falkland Islands battle, had there been the same ample sea room given Sturdee against Spee, the outcome at Jutland would have been different.
“Our spies in Cala City report that the Cathran fleet is still moored deep in Blenholme Roads like a flock of mud-hens sitting out a sun-shower, with small sea room to maneuver.