oceanic

adjective oce·an·ic \ ˌō-shē-ˈa-nik \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of oceanic

1 a : 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

Examples of oceanic in a Sentence

  1. the theory that ancient mariners took advantage of oceanic currents to roam the seas on primitive rafts

  2. 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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First Known Use of oceanic

1656


OCEANIC Defined for Kids

oceanic

adjective oce·an·ic \ ˌō-shē-ˈa-nik \

Definition of oceanic for Students

: of or relating to the ocean


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