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

  • adj. Of or relating to the sea: marine exploration.
  • adj. Native to, inhabiting, or formed by the sea: marine animals.
  • adj. Of or relating to shipping or maritime affairs.
  • adj. Of or relating to sea navigation; nautical: a marine chart. See Synonyms at nautical.
  • adj. Of or relating to troops that serve at sea as well as on land, specifically the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • n. A soldier serving on a ship or at a naval installation.
  • n. A member of the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • n. The mercantile or naval ships or shipping fleet of a country.
  • n. The governmental department in charge of naval affairs in some nations.
  • n. A painting or photograph of the sea.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or pertaining to, the sea (marine biology, marine insurance.)
  • n. A member of a marine corps.
  • n. : A marine corps.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the sea; having to do with the ocean, or with navigation or naval affairs; nautical
  • adj. Formed by the action of the currents or waves of the sea.
  • n. A solider serving on shipboard; a sea soldier; one of a body of troops trained to do duty in the navy.
  • n. A member of the United States Marine Corps, or a similar foreign military force.
  • n. The sum of naval affairs; naval economy; the department of navigation and sea forces; the collective shipping of a country.
  • n. A picture representing some marine subject.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the sea; characteristic of the sea; existing in or formed by the sea: as, a marine picture or view; the marine fauna and flora; marine deposits left by ancient seas; marine tides.
  • Relating to or connected with the sea; used or adapted for use at sea; acting or operating at sea: as, a marine chart; a marine league; a marine engine; marine forces.
  • Relating to navigation or shipping; maritime; nautical; naval.
  • In zoology, technically, inhabiting the high seas; oceanic; pelagic: distinguished from maritime or littoral.
  • n. The sea-shore.
  • n. Shipping in general; the maritime interest as represented by ships; sea-going vessels considered collectively, either in the aggregate or as regards nationality or class: as, the mercantile marine of a country; the naval marine.
  • n. In France, specifically, the naval establishment; the national navy and its adjuncts: as, the minister of marine, or of the marine.
  • n. A soldier who serves on board of a man-of-war; one of a body of troops enlisted to do military service on board of ships or at dockyards.
  • n. An empty bottle. See the quotation.
  • n. In painting, a sea-piece; a marine view.
  • In heraldry, having the lower part of the body like the tail of a fish: said of any beast. Compare sea-lion.

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

  • adj. of or relating to military personnel who serve both on land and at sea (specifically the U.S. Marine Corps)
  • adj. relating to or involving ships or shipping or navigation or seamen
  • n. a member of the United States Marine Corps
  • adj. relating to or characteristic of or occurring on or in the sea
  • adj. of or relating to the sea
  • adj. native to or inhabiting the sea
  • n. a soldier who serves both on shipboard and on land


Middle English marin, marine, from Old French, from Latin marīnus, from mare, sea; see mori- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Recorded since c.1420, from Middle French marin, from Old French, from Latin marinus ("of the sea"), itself from mare ("sea"), from Proto-Indo-European *móri (“body of water, lake”) (cognate with Old English mere ("sea, lake, pool, pond"), Dutch meer, German Meer, all from Proto-Germanic *mari). (Wiktionary)



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