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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.

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

  • 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


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