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ADJECTIVE (1)

1. perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment;
- Example: "obviously bemused by his questions"
- Example: "bewildered and confused"
- Example: "a cloudy and confounded philosopher"
- Example: "just a mixed-up kid"
- Example: "she felt lost on the first day of school"
[syn: baffled, befuddled, bemused, bewildered, confounded, confused, lost, mazed, mixed-up, at sea]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sea \Sea\ (s[=e]), n. [OE. see, AS. s[=ae]; akin to D. zee, OS. & OHG. s[=e]o, G. see, OFries. se, Dan. s["o], Sw. sj["o], Icel. saer, Goth. saiws, and perhaps to L. saevus fierce, savage. [root]151a.] 1. One of the larger bodies of salt water, less than an ocean, found on the earth's surface; a body of salt water of second rank, generally forming part of, or connecting with, an ocean or a larger sea; as, the Mediterranean Sea; the Sea of Marmora; the North Sea; the Carribean Sea. [1913 Webster] 2. An inland body of water, esp. if large or if salt or brackish; as, the Caspian Sea; the Sea of Aral; sometimes, a small fresh-water lake; as, the Sea of Galilee. [1913 Webster] 3. The ocean; the whole body of the salt water which covers a large part of the globe. [1913 Webster] I marvel how the fishes live in the sea. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Ambiguous between sea and land The river horse and scaly crocodile. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 4. The swell of the ocean or other body of water in a high wind; motion or agitation of the water's surface; also, a single wave; a billow; as, there was a high sea after the storm; the vessel shipped a sea. [1913 Webster] 5. (Jewish Antiq.) A great brazen laver in the temple at Jerusalem; -- so called from its size. [1913 Webster] He made a molten sea of ten cubits from brim to brim, round in compass, and five cubits the height thereof. --2 Chron. iv. 2. [1913 Webster] 6. Fig.: Anything resembling the sea in vastness; as, a sea of glory. --Shak. [1913 Webster] All the space . . . was one sea of heads. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] Note: Sea is often used in the composition of words of obvious signification; as, sea-bathed, sea-beaten, sea-bound, sea-bred, sea-circled, sealike, sea-nursed, sea-tossed, sea-walled, sea-worn, and the like. It is also used either adjectively or in combination with substantives; as, sea bird, sea-bird, or seabird, sea acorn, or sea-acorn. [1913 Webster] At sea, upon the ocean; away from land; figuratively, without landmarks for guidance; lost; at the mercy of circumstances. "To say the old man was at sea would be too feeble an expression." --G. W. Cable At full sea at the height of flood tide; hence, at the height. "But now God's mercy was at full sea." --Jer. Taylor. Beyond seas, or Beyond the sea or Beyond the seas (Law), out of the state, territory, realm, or country. --Wharton. Half seas over, half drunk. [Colloq.] --Spectator. Heavy sea, a sea in which the waves run high. Long sea, a sea characterized by the uniform and steady motion of long and extensive waves. Short sea, a sea in which the waves are short, broken, and irregular, so as to produce a tumbling or jerking motion. To go to sea, to adopt the calling or occupation of a sailor. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

at sea adj 1: perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment; "obviously bemused by his questions"; "bewildered and confused"; "a cloudy and confounded philosopher"; "just a mixed-up kid"; "she felt lost on the first day of school" [syn: baffled, befuddled, bemused, bewildered, confounded, confused, lost, mazed, mixed-up, at sea]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

45 Moby Thesaurus words for "at sea": abashed, abroad, adrift, afloat, astray, bewildered, bothered, by sea, by water, clueless, confused, discomposed, disconcerted, dismayed, disoriented, distracted, distraught, disturbed, embarrassed, guessing, homeward bound, in a fix, in a maze, in a pickle, in a scrape, in a stew, in blue water, in soundings, lost, making way, mazed, off soundings, off the course, off the heading, off the track, perturbed, put-out, turned around, under bare poles, under sail, under way, upset, with sails spread, with way on, without a clue