Definition of ocean
1a : the whole body of salt water that covers nearly three fourths of the surface of the earthb : any of the large bodies of water (such as the Atlantic Ocean) into which the great ocean is divided
2 : a very large or unlimited space or quantity
Examples of ocean in a Sentence
We've sailed across hundreds of miles of ocean.
the Pacific and Indian oceans
Recent Examples of ocean from the Web
The oceans are rising more quickly than ever documented before, and even tiny changes in temperature can hasten swelling seas.
For instance, changes in ocean temperatures can alter atmospheric patterns around the world.
Three more miles and the now-125-mile crack will reach the ocean.
My plan is to travel to where the ocean and people are colliding in interesting ways.
WHAT: The legendary ocean liner’s July 4th offerings include family games, historic tours, a patriotic movie in the Queen Mary Theatre, a performance by the Pointer Sisters, and a pyrotechnics display accompanied by patriotic music.
Within minutes, our convoy is nosing its way through afternoon traffic, five towering oddities among an ocean of motorbikes.
The black and white striped structure is the tallest brick lighthouse in the U.S. Climb the 257 steps to the top for a bird's-eye view of the lighthouse's original location 2,900 feet away by the edge of the ocean.
For example, the National History Museum of Los Angeles County, recently hosted a VR exhibit called theBlu, in which visitors could put on VR headsets to explore the ocean in virtual reality.
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Origin and Etymology of ocean
Middle English occean, from Anglo-French, from Latin oceanus, from Greek Ōkeanos, a river thought of as encircling the earth, ocean
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
OCEAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ocean for English Language Learners
: the salt water that covers much of the Earth's surface
: one of the five large areas of salt water that cover much of the Earth's surface
: a very large number or amount of something
OCEAN Defined for Kids
Definition of ocean for Students
1 : the whole body of salt water that covers nearly three fourths of the earth
2 : one of the large bodies of water into which the larger body that covers the earth is divided
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