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 Weather analytics, particularly when combined with oceanic data and vessel insights, contributes to reaching ocean sustainability goals. Renny Vandewege, Forbes, 30 June 2022 And still others are just looking for a rush, said Greg Tripoli, an atmospheric and oceanic sciences professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who taught a class on storm chasing. Todd Richmond, Chron, 15 May 2022 Their research helps identify how variations in atmospheric or oceanic conditions may influence the behavior and stability of ice shelves in the region in the future. Allison Chinchar, CNN, 7 May 2022 La Niña is a regular oceanic and atmospheric phenomenon that refers to the periodic cooling of ocean temperatures in the central to east-central equatorial Pacific. Kathleen Magramo, CNN, 16 June 2022 As the ocean closed, the oceanic crust was lifted up, merging with the continental core of what is now the Canadian Shield and becoming part of the Nuvvuagittuq Supracrustal Belt. David Bressan, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Tropical Storm Alex is marching east toward the middle Atlantic where it is expected to end its long, trans-oceanic journey. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 6 June 2022 To finish out its 23rd season, this chamber ensemble offers a quintet by film composer Nino Rota, a musical cityscape by Valerie Coleman, an oceanic duet by Toru Takemitsu, and Charles Ives’s Piano Trio. BostonGlobe.com, 19 May 2022 The resulting fragrance is light and airy, laced with tuberose, orange blossom, jasmine and marine accord, which gives it an oceanic, salty effect. Katie Berohn, Good Housekeeping, 11 May 2022 See More

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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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4 Jul 2022

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“Oceanic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oceanic. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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

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