Definition of oceanic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌōSHēˈanik/


1Relating to the ocean: oceanic atolls
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  • The occurrence of major pulses of oceanic water has proved unpredictable, being non-existent during the 1980s.
  • The two eastern forks of Long Island jut into oceanic waters, creating a mixing zone for currents and coastal and offshore migratory species.
  • The model, as advanced by Jeppsson, primarily relates to the generation of oceanic deep waters.
1.1Of or inhabiting the part of the ocean beyond the edge of a continental shelf: stocks of oceanic fish
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  • The drum family consists primarily of oceanic continental shelf fishes.
  • However, this ichthyofauna is characterized mostly by the co-occurrence of oceanic and neritic fish.
  • An estimated 5,000 types of oceanic fish are waiting to be discovered, project leaders said in a recent report.
1.2(Of a climate) governed by the proximity of the ocean.
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  • Tasmania has one of the strangest flora in the world which flourishes in the moist, warm oceanic climate, producing a dense green temperate rainforest.
  • This would have created at northern latitudes a more oceanic climate with cool moist summers.
  • The wet and cool oceanic climate readily supports fast-growing Sphagnum mosses, peat-forming processes and development of peat landforms.
1.3Of enormous size or extent; huge; vast: an oceanic failure
2 (Oceanic) Relating to Oceania: a gallery specializing in Oceanic art
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  • Numerous photographs show African and Oceanic chairs or stools in the corners of Mr. Mueller's Paris apartment and Solothurn home.
  • Max's painting has often reached into a sense of Oceanic space and brilliance, learnt also on the Pacific Coast of the US.
  • This exciting musical concoction of Oceanic and Celtic world music will be held this Saturday, May 15, at Durrumbal Hall in Mullumbimby from 7.30 pm.

Words that rhyme with oceanic

aldermanic, botanic, Brahmanic, Britannic, epiphanic, galvanic, Germanic, Hispanic, interoceanic, Koranic, manganic, manic, mechanic, messianic, organic, panic, Puranic, Romanic, satanic, shamanic, talismanic, titanic, transoceanic, tympanic, volcanic

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Syllabification: o·ce·an·ic

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