Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Biology Living or able to live both on land and in water.
  • adjective Able to operate both on land and in water.
  • adjective Relating to or organized for a military landing by means of combined naval and land forces.
  • adjective Of a mixed or twofold nature.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • . Living both on land and in water; habitually alternating between land and water.
  • Of or pertaining to the Amphibia; amphibian.
  • Of a mixed nature; partaking of two natures: as, an amphibious breed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having the ability to live both on land and in water, as frogs, crocodiles, beavers, and some plants.
  • adjective Pertaining to, adapted for, or connected with, both land and water.
  • adjective Of a mixed nature; partaking of two natures.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Capable of functioning on land or in water.
  • adjective Occurring on both land and water.

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

  • adjective operating or living on land and in water
  • adjective relating to or characteristic of animals of the class Amphibia

Etymologies

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

[From Latin amphibius, from Greek amphibios; see amphibian.]

Examples

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  • And here it is, six years after the voyage, it's incredible, '' said Luis Grass, 41, the man who came up with the idea of the seafaring truck and made history by escaping from Cuba twice in amphibious vehicles.

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  • U.S.S. BATAAN SITS OFF SHORE, VIRTUALLY UNUSED: The USS Bataan, a 844-foot ship designed to dispatch Marines in amphibious assaults, has helicopters, doctors, hospital beds, food and water.

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  • The USS Bataan, a 844-foot ship designed to dispatch Marines in amphibious assaults, has helicopters, doctors, hospital beds, food and water.

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  • That is why NATO's current commander, Marine General James L. Jones, emphasizes that NATO's future lies in amphibious, expeditionary warfare.

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  • The USS Bataan, a 844-foot ship designed to dispatch Marines in amphibious assaults, has helicopters, doctors, hospital beds, food and water.

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  • That is why NATO's current commander, Marine General James L. Jones, emphasizes that NATO's future lies in amphibious, expeditionary warfare.

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  • That is why NATO's current commander, Marine General James L. Jones, emphasizes that NATO's future lies in amphibious, expeditionary warfare.

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  • "If you find yourself unable to understand or accept the overwhelming evidence against your assertion of the military necessity for internment, I strongly recommend that you speak to an admiral or Marine general well-versed in amphibious assaults and WWII-era military history."

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