Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A region between the North Pole and the northern timberlines of North America and Eurasia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A region of the Earth above the Arctic Circle, containing the North Pole.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Arctic.

Etymologies

From Old French artique (with -c- reintroduced after Latin in the 17th century), from Latin arcticus, from Ancient Greek ἀρκτικός ("northern, of the (Great) Bear"), from ἄρκτος ("bear, Ursa Major"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Factors affecting arctic ozone variability in the Arctic - Encyclopedia of Earth

    Factors affecting arctic ozone variability in the Arctic

  • Especially true for arctic species and for coolwater species in the southern Arctic; population declines and local extirpation; synergistic effects from other factors such as competition from southern taxa; management issues associated with declining fishery yields

    Impacts on arctic freshwater and anadromous fisheries

  • The problem lies partially with the term "Arctic," which evokes "climate change" and divides decision makers.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The other unintended consequence of the warming of the Arctic is the release of methane (CH⁴) at the surface, when the ice under the tundra melts as a result of reduced snow cover and a darkening landscape.

    Bianca Jagger: Now Is the Time to Move Beyond Petroleum

  • Drilling in the Arctic is a serious threat - it would increase the risk of runaway climate change, and push us closer to the point of no return.

    Bianca Jagger: Now Is the Time to Move Beyond Petroleum

  • But basically it's all going to be attributed to what we call the Arctic oscillation.

    CNN Transcript Jan 10, 2010

  • I started my discussion with our common challenges because I firmly believe that re-building healthy and sustainable communities and creating a vibrant economy in the Arctic is an urgent matter for Canada and Canadians.

    The Inuit in a Challenging World

  • What we've done is we've changed the very nature of what we call the Arctic heat sink.

    CNN Transcript Oct 4, 2005

  • That only shows how firmly people held the old belief that the Arctic is a barren country where you cannot make a living, and where, if you want to live, you must bring with you from more southern lands and carry with you all the food you want to eat.

    The Canadian Arctic Region

  • Others thought Inuktitut writing on the bill, which translates to the word "Arctic," was some kind of secret code or a set of mysterious symbols.

    CBC | Top Stories News

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