from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A seacoast.
  • noun Land near the sea.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Naval, a board laid out in squares representing a fixed distance, upon which models of vessels made to the same scale as the squares on the board can be manœuvered in playing a naval tactical war game.
  • noun The sea-shore; the coast-line; the sea-coast; the country bordering on the sea.
  • Bordering on or adjoining the sea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb rare Toward the sea.
  • noun The seashore; seacoast.
  • adjective Bordering upon, or being near, the sea; seaside; seacoast.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The area bordering the sea; a coastline.

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

  • noun the shore of a sea or ocean regarded as a resort


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  • People that build their houses inland,

    People that buy a plot of ground

    Shaped like a house and build a house there,

    Far from the seaboard, far from the sound

    Of water sucking the hollow ledges,

    Tons of water striking the shore,

    What do they long for, as I long for

    One salt smell of the sea once more?

    - Edna St. Vincent Millay, 'Inland'.

    September 22, 2009