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Seal or SEAL may refer to articles connected to a variety of meanings:

A marine mammal

  • a pinniped, a large ocean mammal. There are three main groups:
  • Seal hunting, both personal and commercial hunting of seals
  • Seal brown is a rich dark brown color RGB(50, 20, 20) (from the colour of dyed Fur seal fur)

Fixing or closing to give a tight fit

  • Seal (mechanical), a device to contain pressure.
  • Diaphragm seal, a flexible membrane that seals and isolates an enclosure

Symbol of authentication

  • Seal (device), a device used to produce an official stamp as a symbol of authority, or the impression left by a seal in sealing wax. (Origin: Latin sigillum = "small symbol", a diminutive of signum)
  • Cylinder seal, cylinder engraved with a picture story, used in ancient times to roll an impression onto a sheet of wet clay
  • Great Seal of the United States used since 1782 to authenticate some documents issued by the United States government
  • Great Seal of the Realm, a British institution for authorising the monarch's official documents a personal signature
  • Great Seal of Scotland allows the monarch to authorise documents without signing
  • Imperial Seal of Japan, called 菊の御紋 in Japanese, meaning "Noble Symbol of Chrysanthemum"
  • Lord Privy Seal or Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal is one of the traditional sinecure offices of state in the United Kingdom
  • Knights Templar Seal used to validate documents approved by the order
  • Seal of Solomon, a legendary magical signet ring said to have belonged to King Solomon
  • LMLK seal, stamped on handles of large storage jars around Jerusalem about 700 BC
  • Nintendo Seal of Quality is a gold seal used by Nintendo to show that a game is properly licensed to run on their game consoles

As a person's name

  • Barry Seal (Adler Berriman Seal), pilot and drug smuggler turned DEA informant
  • Brajendra Nath Seal (born 1864), Indian philosopher of the Brahmo Samaj, Vice Chancellor of Visva Bharati University
  • David Seal (born 1972), an Australian football (soccer) player
  • Jaynie Seal (born 1973), an Australian television presenter
  • Lou Seal (Luigi Francisco Seal, Jr.), the official mascot of the San Francisco Giants team in Major League Baseball
  • Manuel Seal, a staff songwriter and producer at Jermaine Dupri's So So Def Recordings
  • Pu Tong Seal (1346 AD), legendary Burmese hero
  • Seal (musician) (Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel), an Afro-European soul singer who has released three albums named "Seal":
    • Seal (1991 album)
    • Seal (1994 album)
    • Seal (2003 album)

As a place name

Some of these names referred originally to the marine mammal.

  • Seal Bay Conservation Park, on Kangaroo Island, South Australia
  • Seal Beach, a city in Orange County, California, United States of America
    • Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, a United States Navy weapons and munitions loading, storage and maintenance facility in Seal Beach, California
  • Seal Island, a small islet about 5.7 km off the northern beaches of False Bay near Cape Town in South Africa
  • Seal Island (South Shetland Islands), a group of small islands and rocks lying 3 to 6 miles northwest of Elephant Island in the South Shetland Islands
  • Machias Seal Island at 44°30′10″N, 67°6′10″W under disputed sovereignty between the United States and Canada
  • Seal Island Bridge, an arch truss bridge crossing the Great Bras d'Or channel in Victoria County, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
  • Seal Rock, a prominent rock offshore at the North end of Ocean Beach, San Francisco, United States
  • Seal Rocks, a small settlement in New South Wales, Australia
  • Seal, Kent, a village in Kent, England. (Origin: probably Anglo-Saxon sēale = "copse of sallow-trees")
  • Seals, Georgia

As an acronym

  • United States Navy SEALs, special forces of the United States Navy. (Origin: acronym from "SEa, Air, Land")
    • Advanced SEAL Delivery System, a midget submarine providing stealthy submerged transportation for special forces, primarily U.S. Navy SEALs
    • SEAL Recon Rifle, rifle developed to provide SEAL snipers with a portable, lightweight system with greater lethality
  • Semantics-directed Environment Adaptation Language, a computer programming language
  • SEAL (cipher), (Software-Optimized Encryption Algorithm), a fast cryptographic cipher
  • Safety Evidence Assurance Level, US government
  • SEAL (Computer Language), the Semantics-directed Environment Adaptation Language
  • SEAL (Sea Scout Leadership Training), a leadership training course for Sea Scouts youth in the Boy Scouts of America
  • Software Engineering and Ada Lab, NASA


  • HMS Seal (N37), a submarine of the Royal Navy
  • USS Seal has been used as the name of two submarines of the United States Navy
  • Red seal ships (朱印船), Japanese armed merchant sailing ships with a red-sealed patent (early 17th century)

In computers

  • SEAL GUI, an open source Graphical User Interface for DOS
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