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

According to a 2016 Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) report, plastic waste is a major source of ocean litter, and certain products can be very dangerous to marine animals. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "I Tried Avoiding Single-Use Plastic for a Week and OMG Was It Hard," 11 June 2018 Multiple analyses of video recordings conducted by the U.S. government as well as by researchers in Canada, Switzerland and elsewhere seem to establish that marine animals do not notice drone noise. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "How Drones Are Helping Scientists Study and Protect Endangered Whales," 31 May 2018 Despite that confidence, there are fears thousands of marine animals, both above and under the water could be affected. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Roots rocker Millsap turns from end days to new ‘Arrangements’," 2 May 2018 Photo: Thinkstock Wholphin This marine mammal is a hybrid of a dolphin and a false killer whale. Olivia Putnal, Woman's Day, "10 Unusual Animal Hybrids," 21 Sep. 2010 That usually means horrible consequences for our marine life. Sylvia Longmire, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Final straw for wheelchair users: BYOS or you’re out of luck," 10 July 2018 Plastic kills marine life partially because of strangulation or choking. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "Why everyone is shunning plastic straws," 4 July 2018 First, look out for the purple flag that indicates dangerous marine life in the water. National Geographic, "What's Giving Some Beachgoers Rashes? Get the Facts.," 28 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Our work as a national marine conservation charity empowers tens of thousands of volunteers annually to protect beaches for everyone. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Just Announced the Reason They Don't Want Wedding Gifts," 9 Apr. 2018 Over 9,000 American marines died in the Belleau Wood battle in June 1918 and the forest is a memorial site and important symbol of the sacrifice the United States made to ensure peace and stability in Europe. Maya Rhodan, Time, "Melania Trump Is Using Ingredients From Michelle Obama's White House Garden at Her First State Dinner," 23 Apr. 2018 In the weeks around that attack, complaints were filed about 28 people who went missing in Nuevo Laredo, some allegedly hauled off by marines. Washington Post, "In Mexico, rising ‘mass crime’ defies security forces," 27 June 2018 There’s not much to the dish beyond the startling, buttery sympathy between the vegetal and the marine. Jonathan Kauffman, SFChronicle.com, "Baumé in Palo Alto has two Michelin stars — and only two staff," 22 June 2018 Recent surveys by a team led by marine biologists found a large part of the coral reefs around the area is gone and sea life has virtually disappeared. Tassanee Vejpongsa, Fox News, "Thailand to give the beach from 'The Beach' movie a breather from tourists," 28 Mar. 2018 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

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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

noun

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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