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oceanic

[oh-shee-an-ik] /ˌoʊ ʃiˈæn ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, living in, or produced by the ocean:
oceanic currents.
2.
of or pertaining to the region of water lying above the bathyal, abyssal, and hadal zones of the sea bottom.
Compare neritic, pelagic.
3.
immensely large; vast:
an oceanic expanse of stars.
4.
(initial capital letter) of or pertaining to Oceania, its peoples, or their languages.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Medieval Latin ōceanicus, equivalent to Latin ōcean(us) ocean + -icus -ic
Related forms
preoceanic, adjective
unoceanic, adjective
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Examples for oceanic
  • Therefore, the pattern of oceanic winds should matter a lot to their survival, especially during breeding season.
  • The theory is that volcanic eruptions beneath the ocean create new oceanic crust, which then moves away from the ridge.
  • Island-arc volcanoes occur at subduction zones, where two oceanic plates collide and one is pushed under the other.
  • On a more general note, trans oceanic freight is a huge industry and for good reason.
  • Each country pay into oceanic fish breeding centers.
  • Once again, atmospheric and oceanic processes act to alleviate such imbalances.
  • Hydrothermal vents occur at oceanic ridges where brand-new seafloor emerges from the ductile depths of the mantle.
  • Likewise, the sheer number of oceanic compounds yet to be explored would overwhelm human lab technicians.
  • They've already started considering many other types of geoengineering, from artificial trees to oceanic plankton.
  • The enclosure creates a kind of oceanic lake, sheltered on all sides from strong currents.
British Dictionary definitions for oceanic

oceanic

/ˌəʊʃɪˈænɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the ocean
2.
living in the depths of the ocean beyond the continental shelf at a depth exceeding 200 metres oceanic fauna
3.
huge or overwhelming
4.
(of geological formations) of volcanic origin, arising from the ocean oceanic islands

Oceanic

/ˌəʊʃɪˈænɪk/
noun
1.
a branch, group, or subfamily of the Malayo-Polynesian family of languages, comprising Polynesian and Melanesian
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or belonging to this group of languages
3.
of or relating to Oceania
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Word Origin and History for oceanic
oceanic
1650s, from Mod.L. oceanicus, from L. oceanus (see ocean).
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oceanic in Science
oceanic
  (ō'shē-ān'ĭk)   
  1. Relating to the ocean.

  2. Relating to the ocean waters that lie beyond the continental shelf and exceed 200 m (656 ft) in depth. Compare neritic. See more at epipelagic zone.


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