oceanic

adjective
oce·an·ic | \ˌō-shē-ˈa-nik \

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

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Babes born under a water sign — Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces — have a selection of beachy shades ranging from pearlescent seashell hues to oceanic blues. Jodie Layne, Teen Vogue, "Wet n Wild Is Launching a Zodiac Themed Makeup Collection," 13 July 2018 The Chesapeake Bay is America’s largest estuary, a mixing bowl of oceanic salt water and the flow of the mid-Atlantic’s big rivers—the Susquehanna and Potomac, the Rappahannock and York, the James. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018 One male oceanic dolphin, for example, was seen carrying a dead calf, accompanied by two female dolphins off the coast of Hawaii. Virginia Morell, Science | AAAS, "Do dolphins feel grief?," 19 June 2018 Mackerel pickled in rhubarb juice and presented on a bed of potato with an herb emulsion and crispy barley was bracingly good, the fruity acidity brightening the oceanic tones of the fish. Alexander Lobrano, New York Times, "New New Nordic Cuisine Takes Hold in Oslo," 29 May 2018 The pilots were in contact with oceanic air traffic control. William Langewiesche, The Atlantic, "An Extraordinarily Expensive Way to Fight ISIS," 21 June 2018 The whirlpools are created by intersecting oceanic currents that are slightly warmer than the surrounding waters, allowing heat to penetrate more deeply than usual into the twilight zone. Brian J. Skerry, National Geographic, "Why Great White Sharks Hang Out in Warm Whirlpools," 19 June 2018 The key to the team's finding, which was published in April in Geology, is a novel method that uses uranium measurements in rocks to infer ancient oceanic oxygen levels. Lucas Joel, Scientific American, "Oxygen Depletion Smothered Marine Life in Earth's Largest Mass Extinction," 15 May 2018 The lava at these volcanoes, formed from molten oceanic crust, is runny and fluid. Author: Scott Wilson, Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "As Kilauea erupts, volcanologists swarm: ‘I expect great science from this event’," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of oceanic

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of oceanic was in 1656

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oceanic

adjective
oce·an·ic | \ˌō-shē-ˈa-nik \

Kids Definition of oceanic

: of or relating to the ocean

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