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Atlantic

[at-lan-tik] /ætˈlæn tɪk/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the Atlantic Ocean.
2.
of, pertaining to, or situated on the eastern seaboard of the U.S.:
the Atlantic states.
3.
of or pertaining to the countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean, especially those of North America and Europe.
4.
of or pertaining to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization or its members:
the Atlantic Alliance.
noun
6.
Railroads. a steam locomotive having a four-wheeled front truck, four driving wheels, and a two-wheeled rear truck.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin Atlanticum (mare) the Atlantic (ocean), neuter of Atlanticus < Greek Atlantikós of (Mount) Atlas, equivalent to Atlant- (stem of Átlās) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
sub-Atlantic, adjective
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  • The west is well watered, thanks to abundant precipitations coming from the Atlantic.
British Dictionary definitions for Atlantic

Atlantic

/ətˈlæntɪk/
noun
1.
the Atlantic, short for Atlantic Ocean
adjective
2.
of or relating to or bordering the Atlantic Ocean
3.
of or relating to Atlas or the Atlas Mountains
Word Origin
C15: from Latin Atlanticus, from Greek (pelagos) Atlantikos (the sea) of Atlas (so called because it lay beyond the Atlas Mountains)
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Word Origin and History for Atlantic

late 14c., occean of Athlant "sea off the west coast of Africa" (early 15c. as occean Atlantyke), from Latin Atlanticus, from Greek Atlantikos "of Atlas," adjectival form of Atlas (genitive Atlantos), in reference to Mount Atlas in Mauritania (see Atlas). Applied to the whole ocean since c.1600.

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