marine

adjective
ma·rine | \ mə-ˈrēn \

Definition of marine 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of or relating to the sea marine life marine biology

b : of or relating to the act or practice of sailing over the sea : nautical a marine chart

c : of or relating to the commerce (see commerce entry 1 sense 2) of the sea : maritime marine law

d : depicting the sea, seashore, or ships a marine painter

2 : of or relating to marines (see marine entry 2 sense 2) marine barracks

marine

noun

Definition of marine (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the mercantile and naval shipping of a country

b : seagoing ships especially in relation to nationality or class

2 : one of a class of armed services personnel serving on shipboard or in close association with a naval force specifically : a member of the U.S. Marine Corps

3 : an executive department (as in France) having charge of naval affairs

4 : a marine picture : seascape

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Synonyms for marine

Synonyms: Adjective

maritime, oceanic, pelagic

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Examples of marine in a Sentence

Adjective

marine animals such as dolphins and whales he loves collecting little marine creatures while at the beach

Noun

He is a former U.S. Marine. the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

She is currently enrolled at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills with plans to pursue a degree in marine biology at Silliman University in Dumaguete City, Cebu, Philippines. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "SCUBA helps Shepard grad find passion and lose body image issues," 29 June 2018 The zoo, which this year removed single-use plastic straws from all its concession stands, is concerned about the harm plastic straws can do to sea turtles and other marine life. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Zoo partnering with local bars on new straw initiative," 13 July 2018 The movement pays particular attention to the harm that discarded straws and utensils cause to marine life. Claire Wolters, Philly.com, "Twitter can't agree on Starbucks' straw ban," 12 July 2018 No marine mammal faces such an immediate threat of extinction. Louis Sahagun, latimes.com, "To save the world's rarest marine mammal, conservationists seek ban on Mexican seafood imports," 11 July 2018 The most recent proposal by Zambian-South African marine salvage expert Nick Sloane is to capture an iceberg from Antarctica and tow it to the city, using its melting ice as a source of fresh water. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Cape Town Wants to Tow an Iceberg to Solve Its Water Shortage," 6 July 2018 New research suggests that marine mammals in the Arctic could be threatened by increasing ship traffic as the region’s ice melts. Adam Aton, Scientific American, "Ships Threaten Arctic Marine Mammals," 3 July 2018 The protection provided for whales and all other marine mammals under the Marine Mammal Protection Act has allowed for the recovery of most species in the eastern North Pacific and Salish Sea. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Whale strandings off Washington-Oregon coast highest in nearly 2 decades," 2 July 2018 The seawater surged through vents and ducts, swamping basements, knocking out electricity and mechanical equipment, including all the pumps and emergency generators that kept the 12,000 or so fish and marine mammals alive. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Coney Island’s Newest Wonder: Sharkitecture!," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In one of those incidents, four marines were killed in a helicopter crash. Fox News, "Judge Jeanine: Time for Republicans to start wielding power," 7 Apr. 2018 Biologists discovered one of the planet’s first marine dead zones in Chesapeake Bay in the 1970s. Bill Gourgey, WIRED, "How Artificial Intelligence Could Prevent Natural Disasters," 10 July 2018 The speed at which global warming is ravaging these vital marine ecosystems leaves scientists struggling with the question of how intensely to intervene. Evan Halper, latimes.com, "Racing to save Florida’s coral from climate change, scientists turn to a once-unthinkable strategy: ‘assisted evolution’," 9 July 2018 In 1808, British marines seized Macao, but withdrew peacefully. Ian Morris, New York Times, "The Opium War and the Humiliation of China," 2 July 2018 As four tired-looking marines limp along a beach featuring broken Halo gates, the brief tease concludes with a shot of Master Chief holding his iconic helmet at his waist before driving off into the sunset on a Warthog. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Microsoft teases Halo Infinite at E3 2018," 10 June 2018 The memorial is profoundly personal for former marine Charlie Doege. Kyle Ringo, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial built with thousands of small contributions," 27 May 2018 Smoke appears brown on top of white marine layer #cawx pic.twitter.com/LVbUUm5ksK — NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) July 2, 2018 This is a breaking news story. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "County Fire grows overnight, now at least 44,500 acres with 'extreme' behavior," 2 July 2018 The National Weather Service says onshore winds will continue to produce a low-hanging marine layer along the coast. Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Heat to raise wildfire risk in East County," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of marine

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1669, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for marine

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin marinus, from mare sea; akin to Old English mere sea, pool, Old High German meri sea, Old Church Slavonic morje

Noun

see marine entry 1

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marine

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of marine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to the sea or the plants and animals that live in the sea

: of or relating to sailing on the sea or doing business (such as trading) by sea

marine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of marine (Entry 2 of 2)

: a member of the U.S. Marine Corps or the British Royal Marines

marine

adjective
ma·rine | \ mə-ˈrēn \

Kids Definition of marine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the sea marine animals

2 : of or relating to the navigation of the sea : nautical marine charts

3 : of or relating to soldiers in the United States Marine Corps marine barracks

marine

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Kids Definition of marine (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a soldier of the United States Marine Corps

2 : the ships of a country

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