ocean·​go·​ing ˈō-shən-ˌgō-iŋ How to pronounce oceangoing (audio)
: of, relating to, or designed for travel on the ocean

Examples of oceangoing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The oceangoing branch of expedition company Pelorus, Pelorus Yachting, is launching an artists' retreat in Greenland — led by a Greenlandic artist — aboard its vessel Polarfront, a former weather ship retrofitted into a luxury expedition yacht. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 8 Apr. 2024 Season two will adapt the second of Riordan’s novels, The Sea of Monsters, which sends Percy (Walker Scobell) and some of his fellow demigods on an oceangoing quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Feb. 2024 There are other ships in the pipeline, Levis says, with plans for four more ships—two oceangoing cruise liners and two expedition ships—to be built in a European shipyard in the coming years. Scott Laird, Condé Nast Traveler, 8 Sep. 2023 Many oceangoing ships have accessible cabins and elevators, wheelchair-width doorways, and even special equipment to aid in boarding a smaller boat for shore excursions. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 7 Mar. 2023 Many shipowners believe that more oceangoing vessels will be powered by natural gas in the years ahead. Costas Paris, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2020 The canal handled 13,785 vessel transits in its fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2019, most of them large oceangoing ships in international trade, and collected $2.59 billion in tolls, according to the Panama Canal Authority. Paul Page, WSJ, 15 Jan. 2020 Large oceangoing ships turn very slowly, which can be frustrating to someone accustomed to speeding around on nimble watercraft. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, 5 Dec. 2019 But the ensuing height restrictions immediately stopped most large oceangoing vessels, about 40% of the fleet that used to pull into Mariupol, from transiting between the two seas. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oceangoing was in 1854

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“Oceangoing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oceangoing. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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ocean·​go·​ing -ˌgō-iŋ How to pronounce oceangoing (audio)
: made to travel on the ocean
oceangoing ships

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