Definition of pacific in English:


Syllabification: pa·cif·ic
Pronunciation: /pəˈsifik


1Peaceful in character or intent: a pacific gesture
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  • As the cool water slowly soothes away my unjustified frustration, I feel my neck muscles relaxing and know my features are easing back to pacific calm.
  • In the midst of a violent and haggard existence Thomas takes an hour out of his day to practice piano in the modest living room of a quiet, pacific piano teacher.
  • And it is hard to find anyone who speaks with administration officials off the record who believes their publicly pacific intentions.
peace-loving, peaceable, pacifist, nonviolent, nonaggressive, nonbelligerent, unwarlike, antiwar
conciliatory, peacemaking, placatory, propitiatory, appeasing, mollifying, mediatory, dovish
formal irenic
2 (Pacific) Of or relating to the Pacific Ocean: the Pacific War
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  • The lake has 2,000 miles of shoreline, more than the entire US Pacific coast.
  • Paone calls the transfer of diseases between wild and caged salmon a threat to Pacific salmon stocks.
  • Their exhibition features traditional and contemporary Pacific art and carvings.


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1 short for Pacific Ocean.
2A steam locomotive of 4-6-2 wheel arrangement.
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  • We have a very varied collection, from North East Colliery locomotives to world famous Pacifics such as Sir Nigel Gresley and Blue Peter.
  • Adhesion between steel rail and steel wheel is limited, and only about 56 tons weight could be carried on three coupled axles of the Pacifics; new locomotives, or a reduction in train loads were possibilities, but so was another rebuild.
  • During the 1940s and into 1950 most of the motive power for these trains consisted of F - 15 light Pacifics, with an occasional A - 16 Atlantic being used.


mid 16th century: from French pacifique or Latin pacificus 'peacemaking', from pax, pac- 'peace'.



Pronunciation: /-(ə)lē/
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  • When the college president pacifically asks Costello if her vegetarianism comes out of moral conviction, she bewilderingly replies that no, ‘it comes out of a desire to save my soul.’
  • To overcome this crisis democratically and pacifically, the majority of people are asking him to announce elections or simply resign.
  • Zach, what did I tell you… do not go over there and start a fight… I told you to pacifically tell them what I want within the next twelve days, now do as you are told.

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