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Northwest Passage


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. Sea route through the Arctic Ocean, connecting the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a passage or communication by sea between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans along the north coast of America, long sought for by navigators.
  • n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a water route between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean along the northern coast of North America; Europeans since the 16th century had searched for a short route to the Far East before it was successfully traversed by Roald Amundsen (1903-1906)


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  • Buddy Ebsen was also in an even older show called Northwest Passage

    Davy Crockett

  • The Northwest Passage has been a focal point for both environmentalists and shipping companies for years.

    Global warming opens up Northwest Passage

  • It's true, not even the North Pole is safe from tourists; a Chicago-based company called Northwest Passage has been booking trips there since 1993.

    Why Can't We Get Away?

  • People sail for the Northwest Passage, which is nothing when you have found it.

    The Ontario Readers: Fourth Book

  • But Canada calls the Northwest Passage an internal waterway, and maintains it has the right to regulate and protect the passage.

    NPR Topics: News

  • Canadians are overwhelmingly convinced that the Northwest Passage is a sovereign Canadian waterway, the report suggests, but none of the other countries share this view.

    CBC | Top Stories News

  • What I would like to know is why it's called the Northwest Passage if it wasn't PREVIOUSLY navigable?

    Original Signal - Transmitting Buzz

  • You seem to be suggesting that the existance of a Northwest Passage is a new phenomenon. - home

  • The Northwest Passage is a strait used for international navigation, and the Northern Sea Route includes straits used for international navigation; the regime of transit passage applies to passage through those straits.


  • Consider the Northwest Passage, which is turning into an ice-free corridor from Europe to Asia during the summer months.

    Leaning Straight Up


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