American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to the ocean: "Like many oceanic islands, Bermuda was originally free of all mammals except the bat” ( Dwight Holing).
- adj. Produced by or living in an ocean, especially in the open sea rather than in shallow coastal waters.
- adj. Resembling an ocean in expanse; vast: oceanic steppes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Belonging or relating to the ocean: as, the oceanic areas, basins, islands, etc.
- Wide or extended as the ocean.
- Specifically, in zoology, inhabiting the high seas; pelagic.
- Pertaining to or noting the languages of the Malay-Polynesian group.
- adj. Of or relating to the ocean.
- adj. Living in, produced by, or frequenting the ocean; pelagic.
- adj. Resembling an ocean in vastness or extent.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to the ocean; found or formed in or about, or produced by, the ocean; frequenting the ocean, especially mid-ocean.
- adj. Of or pertaining to Oceania or its inhabitants.
- adj. constituting or living in the open sea
- adj. resembling the ocean in apparent limitlessness in extent or degree
- n. an eastern subfamily of Malayo-Polynesian languages
- adj. relating to or occurring or living in or frequenting the open ocean
“The census takers conceded Monday, however, that they still have a poor understanding of both sea microbes and sea plants, both of which play a crucial role in oceanic life.”
“But just how much artificial warming — as opposed to natural drifts in oceanic temperatures — contributed to the drought that struck Darfur is as debatable as the relationship between global warming and the destruction of New Orleans.”
“What about arranging for the descent into the caves with a type of mobile tethered and insulated bathysphere, similar to that used in oceanic diving.”
“This will reduce vertical mixing and suppress the upward flux of nutrients, leading to a decline in oceanic primary production.”
“But, no, at 7am, there was a jarring wake-up call and what ensued was a two-and-a-half-hour torture session in oceanic hell boat trip, with much rolling and slamming over the playful, bouncy waves.”
“Civil Engineering and Nautics (Vol. 4, Part III) still offers the best explanation of why China led the world in oceanic exploration in the fourteenth century.”
“According to the Earth Policy Institute, scientists have measured definite increases in oceanic “dead zones” that are caused by fertilizer run-off and air pollution.”
“Continuing thereafter to break new ground in oceanic research, he was appointed professor of oceanography in 1908.”
“The other three big ones - Pacific, Nazca and Cocos - are known as "oceanic plates" because they are located almost entirely underwater.”
“So, our timeline, where oceanic is bankrupt, is the final resolution to Jack’s mission?”
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