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Atlantic

Line breaks: At¦lan|tic
Pronunciation: /atˈlantɪk
 
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Definition of Atlantic in English:

adjective

1Of or adjoining the Atlantic Ocean: the Atlantic coast of Europe
More example sentences
  • The picture here is of the sunset from the Atlantic coast of Tobago, just outside my hotel room.
  • Sites for experimental wave turbines have already been identified on the island's Atlantic coast.
  • The long sandy beaches of Spain's north coast are lashed by Atlantic surf and hemmed by rolling green hills.
2 Geology Relating to or denoting the third climatic stage of the postglacial period in northern Europe, between the Boreal and Sub-Boreal stages (about 7,500 to 5,000 years ago), marked by a moist oceanic climate.
Example sentences
  • This book challenges our views on the nature of the former natural landscape of Britain during the Atlantic period.
  • The end of the Atlantic period was marked by the decline of the elm.
  • They occurred well above the late Pleistocene floodplain gravel and underlay a deposit containing animal remains that can be assigned only to the climatic optimum of the Atlantic phase, after 5000 B.C.

noun

(the Atlantic) Back to top  
1 short for Atlantic Ocean.
2 Geology The Atlantic climatic stage.

Origin

late Middle English: via Latin from Greek Atlantikos, from Atlas, Atlant- (see atlas). The term originally referred to Mount Atlas in Libya, hence to the sea near the west African coast, later extended to the whole ocean.

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