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Indian Ocean

an ocean S of Asia, E of Africa, and W of Australia. 28,357,000 sq. mi. (73,444,630 sq. km). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And is there anything in the present physical geography of the Indian Ocean which would suggest its probable position?

  • Few people are supposed to cross that part of the Indian Ocean.

    In Africa John T. McCutcheon
  • In order to evade these ocean highwaymen the usual course was not set through the Indian Ocean.

    New Zealanders at Gallipoli Major Fred Waite
  • There's no rest for me till she's out in the Indian Ocean and not much of it even then.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • There were neither men nor funds to spare for the colony in the Indian Ocean.

British Dictionary definitions for Indian Ocean

Indian Ocean

an ocean bordered by Africa in the west, Asia in the north, and Australia in the east and merging with the Antarctic Ocean in the south. Average depth: 3900 m (13 000 ft). Greatest depth (off the Sunda Islands): 7450 m (24 442 ft). In December 2004 a major undersea earthquake off Sumatra triggered a tsunami which affected large areas of the ocean as far away as east Africa, and killed an estimated 226 435 people. Area: about 73 556 000 sq km (28 400 000 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Indian Ocean

first attested 1515 in Modern Latin (Oceanus Orientalis Indicus), named for India, which projects into it; earlier it was the Eastern Ocean, as opposed to the Western Ocean (Atlantic) before the Pacific was surmised.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Indian Ocean in Culture

Indian Ocean definition

Third-largest ocean (after the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean), extending from southern Asia to Antarctica and from eastern Africa to southeastern Australia.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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