amphibious

adjective
am·​phib·​i·​ous | \ am-ˈfi-bē-əs How to pronounce amphibious (audio) \

Definition of amphibious

1 : combining two characteristics
2a : relating to or adapted for both land and water amphibious vehicles
b : executed by coordinated action of land, sea, and air forces organized for invasion an amphibious landing also : trained or organized for such action amphibious forces
3 : able to live both on land and in water amphibious plants

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Other Words from amphibious

amphibiously adverb
amphibiousness noun

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This year Japan launched an amphibious brigade similar to the U.S. Marine Corps that is tasked with island defense. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "Japan Unveils Plan for First Aircraft Carrier Since World War II," 11 Dec. 2018 China says the plane is the largest amphibious aircraft currently in use, boasting a length of 37 meters (120 feet) and a wingspan of 39 meters (127 feet), making it about the size of a Boeing 737. Christopher Bodeen, Fox News, "Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea," 10 Sep. 2018 The Ssangyong amphibious landing exercises, which lasted for two weeks last time, continued for only one week this year, ending on Sunday. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "North Korea’s definition of ‘denuclearization’ is very different from Trump’s," 9 Apr. 2018 Philadelphia has 15 Perry-class frigates, a pair of older Ticonderoga-class cruisers (see headline image), and a handful of old amphibious ships. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Won’t Bring Back Mothballed Ships to Boost the Fleet," 21 Feb. 2019 Propelling all this amphibious vacation overkill was a mere 3.0-liter diesel V-6, the Sprinter's small but torquey powerplant of choice. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Diesel Truck Battle (Non-HD): F-150 Diesel Vs. Nissan Titan XD," 25 Jan. 2019 Five people were killed and more than 60 were injured when an axle broke on the Ride the Ducks vehicle, causing the amphibious, World War II-vehicle to cross the centerline and hit the bus on Sept. 24, 2015. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Jurors in Ride the Ducks trial leave courthouse to view vehicles damaged in deadly crash," 6 Nov. 2018 The Zumwalt-class destroyers were built to provide naval fire support to amphibious assaults and bombard targets inland with advance, long range projectiles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Navy Stealth Destroyer Gets a 15-Ton Engine Transplant," 5 Sep. 2018 Some 160,000 Allied troops on nearly 5,000 vessels were being launched across the Channel toward Normandy, in the largest amphibious assault the world had ever seen. Paula Mclain, Town & Country, "The Extraordinary Life of Martha Gellhorn, the Woman Ernest Hemingway Tried to Erase," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of amphibious

1608, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for amphibious

Greek amphibios, literally, living a double life, from amphi- + bios mode of life — more at quick entry 1

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The first known use of amphibious was in 1608

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amphibious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of amphibious

: able to live both on land and in water
: able to be used both on land and water
: done by soldiers who are brought to land in special boats : carried out by land and sea forces acting together

amphibious

adjective
am·​phib·​i·​ous | \ am-ˈfi-bē-əs How to pronounce amphibious (audio) \

Kids Definition of amphibious

1 : able to live both on land and in water amphibious animals
2 : meant to be used on both land and water amphibious vehicles
3 : made by land, sea, and air forces acting together amphibious attack

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