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Baltic

[bawl-tik] /ˈbɔl tɪk/
adjective
1.
of, near, or on the Baltic Sea.
2.
of or relating to the Baltic States.
3.
of or relating to a group of languages, as Latvian, Lithuanian, and Old Prussian, that constitute a branch of the Indo-European family.
noun
4.
the Baltic branch of the Indo-European family of languages.
Related forms
trans-Baltic, adjective
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  • A lighter used in Holland, and the ports of the Baltic, for loading and unloading merchant ships.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The 'Nixa' along the Baltic coast was once, however, much feared by the fishermen.

    Storyology Benjamin Taylor
  • And when Hgni heard of Srli's death, he went raiding in the Baltic the same summer, and was victorious everywhere.

  • Chicago is remarkable chiefly as a grain city—like Odessa, on the Baltic.

    Old Mackinaw W. P. Strickland.
  • The east coast of the Baltic was considered tributary to Novgorod.

    The Story of Russia R. Van Bergen, M.A.
British Dictionary definitions for Baltic

Baltic

/ˈbɔːltɪk/
adjective
1.
denoting or relating to the Baltic Sea or the Baltic States
2.
of, denoting, or characteristic of Baltic as a group of languages
3.
(Brit, informal) extremely cold
noun
4.
a branch of the Indo-European family of languages consisting of Lithuanian, Latvian, and Old Prussian
5.
short for Baltic Sea
6.
Also called Baltic Exchange. an international market for shipbrokers in the City of London: formerly housed in the Baltic Exchange building which was demolished after terrorist bomb damage in 1992
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Word Origin and History for Baltic

1580s, from Medieval Latin Balticus, perhaps from Lithuanian baltas "white" or Scandinavian balta "straight" (in reference to its narrow entranceway). In German, it is Ostsee, literally "east sea."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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