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oasis

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noun, oa·sis \ō-ˈā-səs\

Simple Definition of oasis

  • : an area in a desert where there is water and plants

  • : a pleasant place that is surrounded by something unpleasant

  • : a time or experience that is pleasant and restful

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of oasis

plural oases play \-ˌsēz\

  1. 1 :  a fertile or green area in an arid region (as a desert)

  2. 2 :  something that provides refuge, relief, or pleasant contrast

Examples of oasis in a sentence

  1. The small park is a welcome oasis amid the city's many factories.

  2. Our brief trip to the beach was a much-needed oasis in a summer of hard work.



Origin of oasis

Late Latin, from Greek


First Known Use: 1613


OASIS Defined for Kids

oasis

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noun oa·sis \ō-ˈā-səs\

Definition of oasis for Students

plural oases \-ˌsēz\

  1. :  a fertile or green spot in a desert





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