Seal vs Phoca - What's the difference?

seal | phoca |


As nouns the difference between seal and phoca

is that seal is a pinniped (pinnipedia), particularly an earless seal (true seal) or eared seal or seal can be a stamp used to impress a design on a soft substance such as wax while phoca is a seal.

As a verb seal

is to hunt seals or seal can be to place a seal on (a document) or seal can be (dialectal) to tie up animals (especially cattle) in their stalls.

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seal

English

Etymology 1

(etyl) sele, from an inflectional form of (etyl) seolh, from (etyl) ). More at sullow.

Noun

(en noun)
  • A pinniped (Pinnipedia), particularly an earless seal (true seal) or eared seal.
  • The seals in the harbor looked better than they smelled.
    Hyponyms
    * See also
    Derived terms
    * acme seal * Arctic seal, arctic seal * Atlantic gray seal, Atlantic grey seal * Baikal seal * bay seal * bearded seal * bottle-nosed seal * Caspian seal * common seal * crab-eater seal, crabeater seal * crab-eating seal * crawling seal * crested seal * eared seal * earless seal * elephant seal * fur seal, fur-seal * Greenland seal * gray seal, grey seal * hair seal, hair-seal * harbor seal, harbour seal * harp seal, harp-seal * heart seal * hooded seal * Hudson bay seal, Hudson seal * jar seal * kid seal * Ladoga seal * land seal * Larga seal * leonine seal * leopard seal * leporine seal * maned seal * marbled seal * monk seal, monk-seal * native seal * pied seal * pin seal * ribbon seal * ringed seal * river seal * rock seal * Ross seal * rough seal * seal brown, seal-brown * seal calf * sealchie * seal-cloth * seal dog * sealery * seal-fin deformity * seal finger * seal fingers * seal-fish * seal-fisher * seal-fishing * seal-fur * seal-grain * seal-hole * seal-hunter * seal-hunting * seal limbs * seal-lynx point * seal-oil, seal oil * seal point, sealpoint * seal-plush * seal rookery * seal shark * sealskin * seal-tortie lynx point * seal-tortie point * seal-vat * small-ringed seal * spotted seal * square flipper seal * swan-necked seal * thong seal * true seal * ursine seal * walking seal * Weddell seal, Weddell's seal

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To hunt seals.
  • Synonyms
    * (hunt seals) go sealing

    See also

    * (Pinniped) * clapmatch * dolphin * sea lion * walrus * selkie

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl), from (etyl) seel, from (etyl) sigillum, a diminutive of

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A stamp used to impress a design on a soft substance such as wax.
  • An impression of a stamp on wax or paper.
  • (rft-sense) A design or insignia usually associated with an organization or an official role.
  • The front of the podium bore the presidential seal .
  • Anything that secures or authenticates.
  • (rft-sense) Something which will be visibly damaged if a covering or container is opened, and which may or may not bear an official design.
  • The result was declared invalid, as the seal on the meter had been broken.
  • Confirmation or an indication of confirmation.
  • Her clothes always had her mom's seal of approval.
  • Something designed to prevent liquids or gases from leaking through a joint.
  • The canister is leaking. I think the main seal needs to be replaced.
  • A tight closure, secure against leakage.
  • Close the lid tightly to get a good seal .
  • A chakra.
  • Derived terms
    * AccuPort seal * Angio-Seal® * apex seal * balanced seal * bellows seal * blow fill seal * Bodok seal * border seal * break seal * break the seal * Bridgman seal * broad seal * burning seal * cartridge seal * Chinese seal * chip seal * Christmas seal * clay seal * collation of seals * company seal * compartmented seal * compression seal * compressor seal * concentric dual seal * Confederate Seal * contract under seal * corporate seal * counter-seal * crankshaft seal * cup seal * cylinder seal * diaphragm seal * door seal (aka door gasket) * double balanced seal * double seal * dry gas seal * dry seal * dual seal * dynamic seal * enamelled seal * externally pressurized seal * face seal * face-to-face seals * farthing seal * fin seal * fisherman's seal, fisher's seal * flange seal * given under my hand and seal * glass-ceramic-to-metal seal * glass seal * golden seal, golden-seal, goldenseal * grease seal * Great Seal * guide seal * gum-seal * hand and seal * Hermes' seal * hermetic seal * hydrodynamic seal * hydrostatic seal * Imperial Seal of China * Imperial Seal of Japan * impression seal * inside-mounted seal * Keeper of the Seals * Knights Templar Seal * labyrinth seal * lady's seal * lip seal * LMLK seal * Luther seal * magnetic seal * mechanical face seal * mechanical seal * medicine seal * official seal * Official Seal of the President of Ireland * oil seal * orbital reducer seal * outside-mounted seal * palatal seal * peripheral seal * piston seal * posterior palatal seal * postpalatal seal * presidential seal * primary seal * privy seal * pusher seal * radial shaft seal * rotary seal * rotating face mechanical seal * royal seal * sanitary seal * scaraboid seal * seal assembly * seal at arms, seal of arms * seal-bag * sealbore * seal chamber * seal coating * seal-cup * seal-cylinder * seal-day * seal-engraving * seal face * seal face width * seal-flower * seal leak * sealless * seal-lock, seal lock * Seal-Lock, Sealock * seal manual * seal-master * seal of approval * seal of confession, seal of the confessional * seal-office * seal of quality * seal of relics * Seal of Solomon * seal of the demons * Seal of the President of the Philippines * Seal of the Prophets * Seal of the United States Senate * seal-pipe * seal point * seal-press * seal presser * seal receptacle * seal ring, seal-ring * seal script * seal-stamp * seal-stone * seal swell * seal-top * seal-wax, sealwax * seal-work * seal-wort * sealing washer * secre seal * secret seal * set one's seal * set to one's seal, set to seal * set the seal on * the seven seals * shaft seal * Solomon's seal * stamp seal * state seal * stationary seal * surface sealing * sylphon seal * tandem seals * trap seal * unbalanced seal * under one's seal, under seal * Underseal, underseal * under the cold seal * United States Treasury Seal * unseal * velopharyngeal seal * water seal * weather seal * wiper seal

    See also

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    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To place a seal on (a document).
  • To mark with a stamp, as an evidence of standard exactness, legal size, or merchantable quality.
  • to seal''' weights and measures; to '''seal silverware
  • To fasten (something) so that it cannot be opened without visible damage.
  • The cover is sealed . If anyone tries to open it, we'll know about it.
  • To prevent people or vehicles from crossing (something).
  • The border has been sealed until the fugitives are found.
  • To close securely to prevent leakage.
  • I've sealed the bottle to keep the contents fresh.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Seal up your lips, and give no words but "mum".
  • To place in a sealed container.
  • I've sealed the documents in this envelope.
  • (chess) To place a notation of one's next move in a sealed envelope to be opened after an adjournment.
  • After thinking for half an hour, the champion sealed his move.
  • To guarantee.
  • The last-minute goal sealed United's win.
  • To fix, as a piece of iron in a wall, with cement or plaster, etc.
  • (Gwilt)
  • To close by means of a seal.
  • to seal a drainpipe with water
  • (Mormonism) To confirm or set apart as a second or additional wife.
  • * H. Stansbury
  • If a man once married desires a second helpmate she is sealed to him under the solemn sanction of the church.
    Synonyms
    * (place a seal on) * (fasten (something) so that it cannot be opened without visible damage ): * (prevent people or vehicles from crossing (something) ): block, block off, close, close off, obstruct, seal off * (close securely to prevent leakage) * (place in a sealed container) enclose * (chess term)
    Derived terms
    * counter-seal, counterseal * heat-seal * reseal * sealable * sealant * sealed * sealer * seal in * sealing * seal off * seal somebody's fate, seal someone's fate * seal under * seal up * underseal

    See also

    * stamp

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) .

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (dialectal) To tie up animals (especially cattle) in their stalls.
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    phoca

    English

    Noun

    (en-noun)
  • A seal.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , III.viii:
  • His charet swift in haste he thither steard, / Which with a teeme of scaly Phocas bound / Was drawne vpon the waues, that fomed him around.

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