adjective arc·tic \ˈärk-tik, ˈär-tik\

: of or relating to the North Pole or the region around it

: very cold

Full Definition of ARCTIC

often capitalized :  of, or relating to, or suitable for use at the north pole or the region near it <arctic waters> <arctic animals> <arctic clothing>
a :  bitter cold :  frigid <arctic air>
b :  cold in temper or mood <an arctic smile>
arc·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of ARCTIC

  1. The group is involved in Arctic exploration.
  2. <the arctic air of deep winter>

Origin of ARCTIC

Middle English artik, from Latin arcticus, from Greek arktikos, from arktos bear, Ursa Major, north; akin to Latin ursus bear, Sanskrit ṛkṣa
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra

Rhymes with ARCTIC


noun arc·tic \ˈär-tik, ˈärk-tik\

Definition of ARCTIC

:  a rubber overshoe reaching to the ankle or above

First Known Use of ARCTIC


Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator


geographical name Arc·tic \ˈärk-tik, ˈär-tik\

Definition of ARCTIC

the Arctic Ocean and lands in it and adjacent to it

Rhymes with ARCTIC

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