arctic

adjective
arc·​tic | \ ˈärk-tik How to pronounce arctic (audio) , ˈär-tik How to pronounce arctic (audio) \

Definition of arctic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 often capitalized : of, relating to, or suitable for use at the north pole or the region near it arctic waters arctic animals arctic clothing
2a : bitter cold : frigid arctic air
b : cold in temper or mood an arctic smile

arctic

noun
arc·​tic | \ ˈär-tik How to pronounce arctic (audio) , ˈärk-tik How to pronounce arctic (audio) \

Definition of arctic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a rubber overshoe reaching to the ankle or above

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Other Words from arctic

Adjective

arctically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce arctically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of arctic in a Sentence

Adjective

The group is involved in Arctic exploration. the arctic air of deep winter

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Her extra-long bleach blonde mermaid waves (similar to big sister, Kim Kardashian's), looked spring-time ready despite the record-breaking arctic weather in the Midwest. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Internet Collectively Called Out Khloé Kardashian's Major Photoshop Fail," 1 Feb. 2019 From Chicago to Nashville, a broad swath of the middle of the country is gearing up for frigid temperatures as arctic air is expected to blanket the region this week. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Midwest Prepares for Subzero Polar Vortex," 28 Jan. 2019 More than a thousand flights are being grounded as a blast of arctic air barrels over the Midwest, bringing with it temperatures too low for airfield workers to load bags or get planes ready for takeoff. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Airlines Cancel Flights as Arctic Chill Bears Down on Midwest," 29 Jan. 2019 Forecasters warned of up to 3 inches of snow in central Mississippi and Alabama by Tuesday morning and said temperatures will plummet as arctic cold blasts southward. Ivan Moreno, The Seattle Times, "Heavy snow hitting parts of Midwest; dangerous cold coming," 28 Jan. 2019 The operator of the complex, Springs at Liberty Township, kept the clubhouse open 24 hours to give first responders, residents and others a place to come in from the arctic cold, use the bathroom, and drink and eat. Jennifer Baker, Cincinnati.com, "Sheriff: Standoff suspect used child hostage as 'human shield'," 13 Jan. 2018 Created in collaboration with the Finnish autonomous vehicle company Sensible 4, the Gacha is an all-weather shuttle bus purpose-designed for arctic weather. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Muji just designed an autonomous shuttle bus," 2 Nov. 2018 Scientists believe that this will usher in a new era for arctic ice, where almost none of it lasts a full year without melting. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Arctic's Most Resilient Sea Ice Is Breaking Up," 21 Aug. 2018 My mom bought covers in white, cream, and arctic blue and uses them interchangeably throughout the house, but this particular collection also comes in gray, navy, chocolate brown, sage, and taupe — among other colors. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "I Am Obsessed With This $25 Duvet Cover From Amazon," 8 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In 2016, because of the decreased Caribou herd population, hunters living outside the Northwest arctic were banned from hunting Caribou on federal lands. Maka Monture, Teen Vogue, "The Arctic Youth Ambassadors Program Is Bringing Awareness to Environmental and Community Issues in Alaska," 24 Sep. 2018 But say a warming arctic is responsible for wacky winter weather in the United States. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The Controversial Link Between Epic Storms and a Warming Arctic," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of arctic

Adjective

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arctic

Adjective

Middle English artik, from Latin arcticus, from Greek arktikos, from arktos bear, Ursa Major, north; akin to Latin ursus bear, Sanskrit ṛkṣa

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The first known use of arctic was circa 1540

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arctic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of arctic

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

arctic

adjective
arc·​tic | \ ˈärk-tik How to pronounce arctic (audio) , ˈär-tik\

Kids Definition of arctic

1 often capitalized : of or relating to the north pole or to the region around it arctic explorers
2 : very cold arctic temperatures

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