Definition of oceanic in English:


Line breaks: ocean¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌəʊsɪˈanɪk
, -ʃɪ-/


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: he attributes forest decline to our oceanic climate
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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.

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