Sea vs. Lake

Quick Answer

Sea is always connected to a larger water body like an ocean, whereas a lake is always surrounded on all sides by land.

Sea vs. Lake — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Sea and Lake

Sea vs. Lake

A Sea is always naturally occurring  whereas a Lake is either natural or artificial.

Sea vs. Lake

Sea is always salt water in nature while Lake can either be salt water or fresh.

Seanoun

The continuous body of salt water covering most of the earth's surface, especially this body regarded as a geophysical entity distinct from earth and sky.

Lakenoun

A large inland body of fresh water or salt water.

Seanoun

A tract of water within an ocean.

Lakenoun

A scenic pond, as in a park.

Seanoun

A relatively large body of salt water completely or partially enclosed by land.

Lakenoun

A large pool of liquid

a lake of spilled coffee on my desk.

Seanoun

A relatively large landlocked body of fresh water.

Lakenoun

A pigment consisting of organic coloring matter with an inorganic, usually metallic base or carrier, used in dyes, inks, and paints.

Seanoun

The condition of the ocean's surface with regard to its course, flow, swell, or turbulence

a rising sea.choppy seas.

Lakenoun

A deep red.

Seanoun

A wave or swell, especially a large one

a 40-foot sea that broke over the stern.

Lakenoun

A small stream of running water; a channel for water; a drain.

Seanoun

Something that suggests the ocean in its overwhelming sweep or vastness

a sea of controversy.

Lakenoun

A large, landlocked stretch of water.

Seanoun

Seafaring as a way of life.

Lakenoun

A large amount of liquid; as, a wine lake.

Seanoun

(Astronomy) A lunar mare.

Lakenoun

(obsolete) A pit, or ditch

Seanoun

A large body of salt water.

Lakenoun

(obsolete) An offering, sacrifice, gift.

Seanoun

The ocean; the continuous body of salt water covering a majority of the Earth's surface.

Lakenoun

(dialectal) Play; sport; game; fun; glee.

Seanoun

A body of salt water smaller than an ocean, generally forming part of, or connecting with, an ocean or a larger sea.

The Mediterranean Sea, the Caribbean Sea, the Sea of Crete, etc.

Lakenoun

(obsolete) A kind of fine, white linen.

Seanoun

A lake, especially if large or if salty or brackish.

The Caspian Sea, the Sea of Galilee, the Salton Sea, etc.

Lakenoun

In dyeing and painting, an often fugitive crimson or vermillion pigment derived from an organic colorant (cochineal or madder, for example) and an inorganic, generally metallic mordant.

Seanoun

The swell of the sea; a single wave; billow.

Lakeverb

(obsolete) To present an offering.

Seanoun

Living or used in or on the sea; of, near, or like the sea.

Seaman, sea gauge, sea monster, sea horse, sea level, seaworthy, seaport, seaboard, etc.

Lakeverb

To leap, jump, exert oneself, play.

Seanoun

(figurative) Anything resembling the vastness of the sea.

Lakeverb

To make lake-red.

Seanoun

(planetology) A large, dark plain of rock; a mare.

The Apollo 11 mission landed in the Sea of Tranquility.

Lakenoun

a body of (usually fresh) water surrounded by land

Seanoun

(planetology) A very large lake of liquid hydrocarbon.

Lakenoun

a purplish red pigment prepared from lac or cochineal

Seanoun

a division of an ocean or a large body of salt water partially enclosed by land

Lakenoun

any of numerous bright translucent organic pigments

Seanoun

anything apparently limitless in quantity or volume

Seanoun

turbulent water with swells of considerable size;

heavy seas

Seaadjective

relating to or characteristic of or occurring on the sea or ships;

sea storiessea smellssea trafficland vehicles