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[at-lan-tik] /ætˈlæn tɪk/
of or relating to the Atlantic Ocean.
of, relating to, or situated on the eastern seaboard of the U.S.:
the Atlantic states.
of or relating to the countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean, especially those of North America and Europe.
of or relating to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization or its members:
the Atlantic Alliance.
Railroads. a steam locomotive having a four-wheeled front truck, four driving wheels, and a two-wheeled rear truck.
Origin of Atlantic
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin Atlanticum (mare) the Atlantic (ocean), neuter of Atlanticus < Greek Atlantikós of (Mount) Atlas, equivalent to Atlant- (stem of Átlās) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
sub-Atlantic, adjective Unabridged
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  • It ain't any trouble, because it's the first land you'll strike the other side of the Atlantic.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • This was blockading the Atlantic against their enemies, and the Mediterranean against their own ships.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The brig sailed, however, and stood across the Atlantic, as if in good earnest.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Was it possible to submerge the cable in the Atlantic, and would it be safe at the bottom?

  • He it was who forged the shaft of the Savannah, the first steamship which crossed the Atlantic.

British Dictionary definitions for Atlantic


the Atlantic, short for Atlantic Ocean
of or relating to or bordering the Atlantic Ocean
of or relating to Atlas or the Atlas Mountains
Word Origin
C15: from Latin Atlanticus, from Greek (pelagos) Atlantikos (the sea) of Atlas (so called because it lay beyond the Atlas Mountains)
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Word Origin and History for Atlantic

late 14c., occean of Athlant "sea off the west coast of Africa" (early 15c. as occean Atlantyke), from Latin Atlanticus, from Greek Atlantikos "of Atlas," adjectival form of Atlas (genitive Atlantos), in reference to Mount Atlas in Mauritania (see Atlas). Applied to the whole ocean since c.1600.

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