ocean·​go·​ing | \ ˈō-shən-ˌgō-iŋ How to pronounce oceangoing (audio) \

Definition of oceangoing

: of, relating to, or designed for travel on the ocean

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Recent Examples on the Web Many shipowners believe that more oceangoing vessels will be powered by natural gas in the years ahead. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Natural Gas Won’t Decarbonize Shipping, But the Fuel Is Here to Stay," 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, "Seasonal Drought Surcharges to Continue for Several Years, Says Panama Canal Chief," 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, "Here’s how much global carbon emission increased this year," 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, "Isolated by Ukraine’s war, Mariupol looks for a peaceful future," 13 Aug. 2019 In three months, his containment unit had brought 400 workers, three oceangoing ships and numerous barges to clean up the spill. Darryl Fears, Washington Post, "A ‘volcano’ at the bottom of the gulf," 1 July 2019 But the lake is also the site of a major freshwater port that draws oceangoing ships from the St. Lawrence Seaway. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chicago’s international port looks for funds to improve its facilities and attract more shipping business," 3 June 2019 That could push oceangoing ships to compete with trucks and trains for low sulfur diesel at the same time supplies are limited. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Gas Prices Are Falling, but Refiners Keep Making More," 23 Dec. 2018 Native to southeast Asia, the termite is thought to have arrived in South Florida on ships and oceangoing yachts, spreading from marinas into neighborhoods. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Asian termites killing South Florida pine trees, weakening other trees for hurricanes," 14 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of oceangoing

1854, in the meaning defined above

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“Oceangoing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oceangoing. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of oceangoing

: made for traveling on or across the ocean

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