North Sea

North Sea

noun
an arm of the Atlantic between Great Britain and the European mainland. About 201,000 sq. mi. (520,600 sq. km); greatest depth, 1998 feet (610 meters).
Formerly German Ocean.
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North Sea
 
n
Former name: German Ocean an arm of the Atlantic between Great Britain and the N European mainland. Area: about 569 800 sq km (220 000 sq miles)

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North Sea
in O.E., this meant the Bristol Channel. The application to the body of water presently so named is from Du. It lies to the north of Holland, where it and was contrasted with the inland Zuider Zee (lit. "Southern Sea"). To the Danes, it sometimes was Vesterhavet "West Sea." In Eng., this had been typically
called the "German Sea" or "German Ocean," which follows the Roman name for it, Oceanus Germanicus. First transf. use of North Sea from Du. is from late 13c., though "German" persisted on some maps at least into the 1830s.
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North Sea definition


Arm of the Atlantic Ocean northwest of central Europe.

Note: Oil was discovered under the sea floor in 1970.
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