[ahrk-tik or especially for 7, ahr-tik]
(often initial capital letter) of, pertaining to, or located at or near the North Pole: the arctic region.
coming from the North Pole or the arctic region: an arctic wind.
characteristic of the extremely cold, snowy, windy weather north of the Arctic Circle; frigid; bleak: an arctic winter.
suitable for use in the arctic: arctic boots.
extremely cold in manner, atmosphere, etc.: a look of arctic disdain.
(often initial capital letter) the region lying north of the Arctic Circle or of the northernmost limit of tree growth; the polar area north of the timber line.
arctics, warm, waterproof overshoes.

1350–1400; < Latin arcticus < Greek arktikós northern, literally, of the Bear, equivalent to árkt(os) bear (see Ursa Major) + -ikos -ic; replacing Middle English artik < Middle French artique < Latin

arctically, adverb
superarctic, adjective

antarctic, arctic. Unabridged
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arctic (ˈɑːktɪk)
1.  of or relating to the Arctic: arctic temperatures
2.  informal cold; freezing: the weather at Christmas was arctic
3.  (US) a high waterproof overshoe with buckles
4.  (modifier) designed or suitable for conditions of extreme cold: arctic clothing
[C14: from Latin arcticus, from Greek arktikos northern, literally: pertaining to (the constellation of) the Bear, from arktos bear]

Arctic (ˈɑːktɪk)
1.  the Arctic, Arctic Zone the regions north of the Arctic Circle
2.  of or relating to the regions north of the Arctic Circle

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., artik, from O.Fr. artique, from M.L. articus, from L. arcticus, from Gk. arktikos "of the north," lit. "of the (constellation) Bear," from arktos "bear," the Bear being a northerly constellation. From the usual I.E. base for "bear" (cf. Avestan aresho, Armenian arj, Albanian ari, L. ursus,
Welsh arth); see bear (n.) for why the name changed in Germanic. The -c- was restored 1550s.
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Cultural Dictionary

Arctic definition

Region in the northernmost area of the Earth, centered on the North Pole.

Note: The weather of the Arctic is characterized by long, cold winters and short, cool summers.
Note: The Arctic has been the object of much exploration by air, land, and sea. The shortest distance by plane between continents in the Northern Hemisphere is often over the Arctic.
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Arctic definition

language, music
A real-time functional language, used for music synthesis.
["Arctic: A Functional Language for Real-Time Control", R.B. Dannenberg, Conf Record 1984 ACM Symp on LISP and Functional Prog, ACM].

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