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the part of the sea that can be seen from the shore
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
That part of the visible sea a considerable distance from the shore, or that part just beyond the limits of the area in which a pilot is needed.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.