- (often initial capital letter) of, relating to, or located at or near the North Pole: the arctic region.
- coming from the North Pole or the arctic region: an arctic wind.
- characteristic of the extremely cold, snowy, windy weather north of the Arctic Circle; frigid; bleak: an arctic winter.
- suitable for use in the arctic: arctic boots.
- extremely cold in manner, atmosphere, etc.: a look of arctic disdain.
- (often initial capital letter) the region lying north of the Arctic Circle or of the northernmost limit of tree growth; the polar area north of the timber line.
- arctics, warm, waterproof overshoes.
Origin of arctic
Examples from the Web for arctic
Two years into an Arctic expedition, they were forced to abandon ship a thousand miles north of Siberia.The Best Nonfiction Books of 2014
December 14, 2014
At Studio Stagetti, I shot a man with more picks and axes than I have ever seen outside an arctic expedition.Damien Hirst’s Army of Geppettos
December 2, 2014
Some of this is just a natural part of adapting to the natural climate change that is happening in the Arctic.
Russia is rapidly building up its military forces in the Arctic in an effort to secure its claims in the frigid region.
But beyond the strict realm of national security, the Arctic is becoming increasingly important to Russia economically.
That is why we feel that expensive Arctic feasts would probably be a frost.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
You have them say that things are hot in the pan and you have to have drinks with names like arctic and all like that.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
These seal-creatures, strange seed of the Arctic ice, had trapped the Peary all too well.Under Arctic Ice
It was about Arctic exploration and an expedition he had joined in search of Franklin.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
But what temperature has been reached above the Arctic Circle?
- of or relating to the Arcticarctic temperatures
- informal cold; freezingthe weather at Christmas was arctic
- US a high waterproof overshoe with buckles
- (modifier) designed or suitable for conditions of extreme coldarctic clothing
- the Arctic or Arctic Zone the regions north of the Arctic Circle
- of or relating to the regions north of the Arctic Circle
Word Origin and History for arctic
late 14c., artik, from Old French artique, from Medieval Latin articus, from Latin arcticus, from Greek arktikos "of the north," literally "of the (constellation) Bear," from arktos "bear; Ursa Major; the region of the north," the Bear being a northerly constellation. From *rkto-, the usual Indo-European base for "bear" (cf. Avestan aresho, Armenian arj, Albanian ari, Latin ursus, Welsh arth); see bear (n.) for why the name changed in Germanic. The -c- was restored from 1550s. As a noun, "the Arctic regions," from 1560s.