What is strait?

  • (noun): A narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water.
    Synonyms: sound
    See also — Additional definitions below

Strait

A strait is a narrow, typically navigable channel of water that connects two larger, navigable bodies of water. It most commonly refers to a channel of water that lies between two land masses, but it may also refer to a navigable channel through a body of water that is otherwise not navigable, for example because it is too shallow, or because it contains an unnavigable reef or archipelago.

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MV Le Conte - Grounding
... after running aground Cozian Reef in Peril Strait en route to Sitka ... listing ten degrees and the tides in Peril Strait were already making the situation highly precarious ... caused the incident (not the notorious tidal currents that Peril Strait is known for) and those in command of the vessel were fired from the ferry system ...
Well-known Straits
... For more details on this topic, see list of straits ... Well-known straits in the world include Bab el Mandeb, connecting the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden ... Bass Strait, which lies between mainland Australia and Tasmania, and depending on definition, either connects the Indian Ocean with the Pacific Ocean, or connects the Southern Ocean to the Pacific Ocean ...
Washington Strait
... Washington Strait (60°43′S 44°56′W / 60.717°S 44.933°W / -60.717 -44.933Coordinates 60°43′S 44°56′W / 60.717°S 44.933°W / -60.717 -44.933) is a passage 3 miles (4.8 km ... public domain material from the United States Geological Survey document "Washington Strait" (content from the Geographic Names Information System) ...
Mentawai Strait
... Mentawai Strait separates Sumatra and Mentawai Islands, Indonesia ... Sea Java Sea Molucca Sea Savu Sea Seram Sea South China Sea Timor Sea Strait Alas Strait Alor Strait Badung Strait Bali Strait Bangka Strait Berhala Strait Dampier Strait Gaspar Strait Karimata Strait Laut ...
Kellett Strait
... The Kellett Strait (75°45′N 117°30′W / 75.750°N 117.500°W / 75.750 -117.500Coordinates 75°45′N 117°30′W / 75.750°N 117.500°W ... It opens into the McClure Strait to the south, and the Fitzwilliam Strait to the north ... Coastal features Amundsen Gulf Beaufort Sea Dolphin and Union Strait Fitzwilliam Strait Hazen Strait Kellett Strait Liddon Gulf M'Clure Strait Minto Inlet Murray Inlet Prince of Wales Strait ...

More definitions of "strait":

  • (adj): Strict and severe.
    Example: "Strait is the gate"
  • (noun): A bad or difficult situation or state of affairs.
    Synonyms: pass, straits

Famous quotes containing the word strait:

    We approached the Indian Island through the narrow strait called “Cook.” He said, “I ‘xpect we take in some water there, river so high,—never see it so high at this season. Very rough water there, but short; swamp steamboat once. Don’t paddle till I tell you, then you paddle right along.” It was a very short rapid. When we were in the midst of it he shouted “paddle,” and we shot through without taking in a drop.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)