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pacific

[puh-sif-ik] /pəˈsɪf ɪk/
adjective
1.
tending to make or preserve peace; conciliatory:
pacific overtures.
2.
not warlike; peaceable; mild:
a pacific disposition.
3.
at peace; peaceful:
a pacific era in history.
4.
calm; tranquil:
The Wabash is a pacific river.
5.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to the Pacific Ocean.
6.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to the region bordering on the Pacific Ocean:
the Pacific states.
noun, (initial capital letter)
8.
a steam locomotive having a four-wheeled front truck, six driving wheels, and a two-wheeled rear truck.
Origin of pacific
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin pācificus literally, peacemaking, equivalent to pāci- (combining form of pāx) peace + -ficus -fic
Related forms
nonpacific, adjective
unpacific, adjective
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  • In a short time the pacific Ocean lay stretched before his eyes.

    Little Folks of North America Mary Hazelton Wade
  • She sat quietly looking at the pacific and thinking her own thoughts.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • It was the beginning of the end—another roll to the leeward like the last and the pacific would come aboard.

  • The roaring winds of the pacific make you drunk to begin with.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • This species is found throughout the pacific States, and I am inclined to believe it identical with chalcis.

    The Butterfly Book William Jacob Holland
British Dictionary definitions for pacific

pacific

/pəˈsɪfɪk/
adjective
1.
tending or conducive to peace; conciliatory
2.
not aggressive; opposed to the use of force
3.
free from conflict; peaceful
Derived Forms
pacifically, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Old French pacifique, from Latin pācificus, from pāx peace + facere to make

Pacific

/pəˈsɪfɪk/
noun
1.
the Pacific, short for Pacific Ocean
adjective
2.
of or relating to the Pacific Ocean or its islands
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Word Origin and History for pacific
adj.

1540s, "tending to make peace," from Middle French pacifique, from Latin pacificus "peaceful, peace-making," from pax (genitive pacis) "peace" (see peace) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Meaning "peaceful, calm" is first recorded 1630s. Related: Pacifical (mid-15c.); pacifically.

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