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North Sea

an arm of the Atlantic between Great Britain and the European mainland. About 201,000 sq. mi. (520,600 sq. km); greatest depth, 1998 feet (610 meters).
Formerly German Ocean. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • These sectional lines, of a deeper shade, are drawn across the german ocean, from shore to shore.

  • He sailed across the german ocean to the town in Norway where his bride had landed.

    Charles I Jacob Abbott
  • Day by day this boat, with its hundred or more people, makes a circuit of the island, and proceeds onwards to the german ocean.

    The Great Acceptance Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • A Dutch smack of about 150 tons, navigated in the german ocean.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • They are long past Dunkirk now; the german ocean is opening before them.

    Westward Ho! Charles Kingsley
  • He saved the country by allowing the german ocean to destroy it.

    Raemaekers' Cartoons Louis Raemaekers
  • From the german ocean to the Mediterranean not an army or a fortress had been able to resist the revolutionary arms.

    Lectures on the French Revolution John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
  • Now, dear mamma, I suppose we have done with the german ocean?

    The World of Waters Mrs. David Osborne
  • Then the battered and riddled old hulk plunged downward bow foremost into the depths of the german ocean.

  • To recruit his strength he went to Redcar, where the bracing air of the german ocean soon counteracted the ill effect of overwork.

    Yesterdays with Authors James T. Fields
British Dictionary definitions for german ocean

German Ocean

a former name for the North Sea

North Sea

an arm of the Atlantic between Great Britain and the N European mainland. Area: about 569 800 sq km (220 000 sq miles) Former name German Ocean
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Word Origin and History for german ocean

North Sea

Old English norðsæ, usually meaning "the Bristol Channel." The application to the body of water presently so named (late 13c.) is from Dutch (Noordzee, Middle Dutch Noortzee); it lies to the north of Holland, where it was contrasted with the inland Zuider Zee, literally "Southern Sea"). To the Danes, it sometimes was Vesterhavet "West Sea." In English, this had been typically called the "German Sea" or "German Ocean," which follows the Roman name for it, Oceanus Germanicus. "German" persisted on some British maps at least into the 1830s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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german ocean in Culture

North Sea definition

Arm of the Atlantic Ocean northwest of central Europe.

Note: Oil was discovered under the sea floor in 1970.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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