oce·​an·​ic | \ ˌō-shē-ˈa-nik How to pronounce oceanic (audio) \

Definition of oceanic

1a : of or relating to the ocean
b : occurring in or frequenting the ocean and especially the open sea as distinguished from littoral or neritic waters
2 : vast, great
3 Oceanic, linguistics : relating to, belonging to, or characterizing a subfamily of the Austronesian family of languages that is spoken in Polynesia and most of the islands of Melanesia and Micronesia

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Examples of oceanic in a Sentence

the theory that ancient mariners took advantage of oceanic currents to roam the seas on primitive rafts during his solo crossing of the Atlantic he managed to avoid the fierce oceanic storms that rage in those tropical latitudes
Recent Examples on the Web Poleward shifts in atmospheric and oceanic currents are likely tangled up together, the researchers suggest. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "The Ocean’s Swirling Currents Are Migrating Poleward," 28 Feb. 2020 Studies of other king penguin colonies suggest foraging birds from Île aux Cochons normally swim toward an oceanic feature hundreds of kilometers to the south known as the polar front or Antarctic convergence. Eli Kintisch, Science | AAAS, "Why did nearly a million king penguins vanish without a trace?," 19 Mar. 2020 The upper oceanic crust, known as the ocean floor, has been continuously created on Earth for about 3.8 billion years. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Life found in rocks beneath the ocean floor give scientists hope of finding life on Mars," 2 Apr. 2020 Seafood Harbour leans to oceanic luxuries; Chef Tony takes a more casual, lighthearted and often Westernized approach to the cuisine, particularly dim sum. Los Angeles Times, "Cantonese cuisine’s evolutionary leap in Los Angeles," 7 Mar. 2020 The researchers conducted isotopic analysis on a sample of ancient oceanic crust from the wild outback of northwest Australia. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "3 Billion Years Ago, Earth Was Literally a Water World," 3 Mar. 2020 After 13 years — and an oceanic volume of speculation — Tool has brought forth new music. oregonlive, "Live music in Portland: March blooms with 23 must-see concerts," 27 Feb. 2020 This maintains the oceanic aromatics and sterilizes the seaweed. Joshua M. Bernstein, Popular Mechanics, "Home-Brewing Isn’t a Science—It’s an Art. Here's How to Make Your Own Masterpiece," 26 Feb. 2020 Cussler also connected with readers by turning his love for scuba diving into an oceanic lifestyle that paralleled and validated his superhero. Robert D. Mcfadden, BostonGlobe.com, "Clive Cussler, bestselling author and adventurer, 88," 26 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of oceanic

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for oceanic

borrowed from Latin Ōceanicus, from Ōceanus "the sea flowing around the land mass of the known world, ocean" + -icus -ic entry 1

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The first known use of oceanic was in 1656

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18 May 2020

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“Oceanic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oceanic. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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oce·​an·​ic | \ ˌō-shē-ˈa-nik How to pronounce oceanic (audio) \

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: of or relating to the ocean

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