from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fertile or green spot in a desert or wasteland, made so by the presence of water.
- n. A situation or place preserved from surrounding unpleasantness; a refuge: an oasis of serenity amid chaos.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A spring of fresh water, surrounded by a fertile region of vegetation, in a desert.
- n. A quiet, peaceful place or situation separated from surrounding noise or bustle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fertile or green spot in a waste or desert, esp. in a sandy desert, where the water table approaches the surface.
- n. Any refuge from a prevailing stressful, unpleasant, or annoying situation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, a fertile spot in the Libyan desert where there is a spring or well and more or loss vegetation; now, any fertile tract in the midst of a waste: often used figuratively.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a shelter serving as a place of safety or sanctuary
- n. a fertile tract in a desert (where the water table approaches the surface)
From Late Latin Oasis, an oasis in the Libyan desert, from Greek, from Coptic ouahe, from Egyptian wḥ't.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ὄασις (óasis), from Demotic wḥỉ, from Egyptian (Wiktionary)