marine

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adjective

ma·​rine mə-ˈrēn How to pronounce marine (audio)
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a
: 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
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: of or relating to marines (see marine entry 2 sense 2)
marine barracks

marine

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noun

1
a
: 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Instead, marine air has to make its way from the beaches through downtown, Glendale, Burbank and lastly into the western corner of the Valley under the Santa Monica Mountains to Woodland Hills. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 Seaquarium, the 69-year-old Virginia Key marine park, formerly home of the late Lolita the killer whale, also lost its accreditation from American Humane’s animal welfare certification program, which leaves it in violation of its lease with Miami-Dade County. Linda Robertson, Miami Herald, 9 Feb. 2024 Algal blooms can be critical to marine food webs like those in polar regions, but some blooms produce dangerous toxins that can spoil drinking water and disrupt entire ecosystems. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 8 Feb. 2024 These microscopic marine algae play a major role in the global carbon cycle. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 8 Feb. 2024 Experts say the spike in fatalities may be related to human activity patterns, particularly during summer months when marine activity spikes near beaches. Sage Marshall, Field & Stream, 8 Feb. 2024 And phytoplankton are the microscopic, plant-like marine organisms that form the foundation of the food web. Matt Simon, WIRED, 8 Feb. 2024 But help was on the way with both the county sheriff’s marine patrol and U.S. Coast Guard monitoring the situation and county code enforcement officials firming up plans to clean up the mess. Judith Prieve, The Mercury News, 6 Feb. 2024 Stops include Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Langkawi, known for its beaches and marine park. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 31 Jan. 2024
Noun
In August 2010, Mexican marines had captured La Barbie. Tim Golden, ProPublica, 31 Jan. 2024 Scientists have been placing trackers on these blubbery marine mammals around Antarctica for years, gathering data on ocean temperature and salinity. Ethan Freedman, Scientific American, 17 Oct. 2023 Penny, who is a former marine, allegedly felt threatened and reacted by placing the man in a chokehold for six minutes, according to prosecutors. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 17 Jan. 2024 Four people, including two South Korean marines serving on the island, were killed. Andrew Jeong, Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2024 In early October, Ukrainian marines motored across the Dnipro and, in a series of daring infantry actions, established Ukraine’s first enduring bridgehead on the far side of the river. David Axe, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 The federal government posted 500 marines to the resort area to help with storm preparations. CBS News, 22 Oct. 2023 South Korean marines responded by conducting afternoon live-fire drills in the Yellow Sea, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said in a news release. Andrew Jeong, Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2024 Now the marines are fighting to expand that bridgehead. David Axe, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective and Noun

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

First Known Use

Adjective

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

Noun

1669, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of marine was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near marine

Cite this Entry

“Marine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/marine. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

marine

1 of 2 adjective
ma·​rine mə-ˈrēn How to pronounce marine (audio)
1
a
: of or relating to the sea
marine life
b
: of or relating to the navigation of the sea : nautical, maritime
a marine chart
marine insurance
2
: of or relating to marines
marine barracks

marine

2 of 2 noun
1
: the commercial and naval shipping of a country
2
: one of a class of soldiers serving aboard ship or in association with a naval force
especially : a member of the U.S. Marine Corps

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