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marine

[muh-reen] /məˈrin/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the sea; existing in or produced by the sea:
marine vegetation.
2.
pertaining to navigation or shipping; nautical; naval; maritime.
3.
serving on shipboard, as soldiers.
4.
of or belonging to the marines.
5.
adapted for use at sea:
a marine barometer.
noun
6.
a member of the U.S. Marine Corps.
7.
one of a class of naval troops serving both on shipboard and on land.
8.
seagoing ships collectively, especially with reference to nationality or class; shipping in general.
9.
a picture with a marine subject; seascape.
10.
naval affairs, or the department of a government, as in France, having to do with such affairs.
Idioms
11.
dead marine, Australian Slang. an empty bottle of beer or spirits.
12.
tell it / that to the marines!, I don't believe your story; I refuse to be fooled.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English maryne < Middle French marin (feminine marine) < Latin marīnus of the sea, derivative of mare sea; see -ine1
Related forms
intermarine, adjective
nonmarine, adjective, noun
semimarine, adjective, noun
supermarine, adjective
unmarine, adjective
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Examples for marine
  • marine biologists have been campaigning for marine reserves for decades.
  • marine iguanas are the only lizards that live on land and in the sea.
  • And higher on the food chain it is zooplankton, such as krill, that are feasted on by marine life ranging from fish to whales.
  • In its heyday, the reef was also home to a bizarre menagerie of other marine life.
  • To get an underwater feel, he stacked lava rocks and planted succulents that mimic marine plants and creatures.
  • Killer whales, cuddly otters, and jogging shrimp are great reasons to be excited about marine biology.
  • The underwater architecture is as striking as the marine life.
  • To understand how nitrogen is used, a basic understanding of the marine nitrogen cycle is necessary.
  • It towers above the museum's displays of ship models and marine artifacts.
  • His team is preparing to submit a second study on reference frames in marine mammals, birds, fish and reptiles.
British Dictionary definitions for marine

marine

/məˈriːn/
adjective (usually prenominal)
1.
of, found in, or relating to the sea
2.
of or relating to shipping, navigation, etc
3.
of or relating to a body of seagoing troops marine corps
4.
of or relating to a government department concerned with maritime affairs
5.
used or adapted for use at sea a marine camera
noun
6.
shipping and navigation in general the merchant marine
7.
(capital when part of a name) a member of a marine corps or similar body
8.
a picture of a ship, seascape, etc
9.
(informal) tell it to the marines, an expression of disbelief
Word Origin
C15: from Old French marin, from Latin marīnus, from mare sea
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Word Origin and History for marine
marine
early 15c., from M.Fr. marin (fem. marine), from O.Fr. marin, from L. marinus (fem. marina) "of the sea," from mare (gen. maris) "sea," from PIE *mori-/*mari- "body of water, lake." Cognate with O.E. mere "sea, lake, pool, pond," from P.Gmc. *mari. Noun meaning "soldier who serves on a ship" is from 1670s, from Fr. marine, from the O.Fr. adjective.
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marine in Science
marine
  (mə-rēn')   
  1. Relating to the sea.

  2. Relating to a system of open-ocean and unprotected coastal habitats, characterized by exposure to wave action, tidal fluctuation, and ocean currents and by the absence of trees, shrubs, or emergent vegetation. Water in the marine system is at or near the full salinity of seawater. Compare lacustrine, palustrine, riverine.


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