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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Synonyms for oceanic


marine, maritime, pelagic

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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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And second, the sinking portion of the oceanic plate must be pulling downward pretty hard. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "2017 earthquake off Mexico broke through an entire tectonic plate," 4 Oct. 2018 While this in itself was a lewk, Heard made her oceanic outfit stand out even more with a matching green headpiece that resembled a swimming cap. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Amber Heard Paired Her Valentino Gown With a Swim Cap at Aquaman's London Premiere," 26 Nov. 2018 While royals pulling in big crowds is no new feat, there was something different about Meghan and Harry’s oceanic visit. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "What It's Like to Go on Tour with Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan," 3 Nov. 2018 In the end, the blueberries would create an uninhabitable (for humans, at least) sort of oceanic expoplanet. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "What If the Earth Was Made Out of Blueberries?," 5 Aug. 2018 The restaurant uses all of its oceanic wizardry: First, in its logo, a poppy-red illustration of the spiky rascassa (scorpion fish) that it’s named after. Gemma Askham, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Barcelona," 4 Mar. 2018 More attention could have been spent, for instance, on the remarkable Eleanor Creesy, whose knowledge of astronomy and oceanic currents rivaled those of her male peers. Randall Fuller, WSJ, "‘Barons of the Sea’ Review: Rigging the Market," 19 July 2018 For the secondary color, a blue-green hue like Meteorological, N430-6 is guaranteed to bring a beautiful oceanic tone that compliments the white. 2. Alexis Jonnson, Good Housekeeping, "3 Nature-Inspired Ways to Transform Your Home," 18 July 2018 Trillions of pieces of plastic congeal into an oceanic garbage patch that’s bigger than Texas. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "The amount of plastic garbage around may surprise you, but you can do something," 10 June 2018

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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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oce·​an·​ic | \ ˌō-shē-ˈa-nik \

Kids Definition of oceanic

: of or relating to the ocean

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