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Indian Ocean

noun
1.
an ocean S of Asia, E of Africa, and W of Australia. 28,357,000 sq. mi. (73,444,630 sq. km).
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  • There's no rest for me till she's out in the Indian Ocean and not much of it even then.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • He lost her in the Indian Ocean, and had his certificate suspended for a year.

    Tales Of Hearsay Joseph Conrad
  • Soon the city has disappeared and we are out on the Indian Ocean.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin
  • It lives in the Indian Ocean, which, you know, is many thousand miles off from where we live.

  • Few people are supposed to cross that part of the Indian Ocean.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for Indian Ocean

Indian Ocean

noun
1.
an ocean bordered by Africa in the west, Asia in the north, and Australia in the east and merging with the Antarctic Ocean in the south. Average depth: 3900 m (13 000 ft). Greatest depth (off the Sunda Islands): 7450 m (24 442 ft). In December 2004 a major undersea earthquake off Sumatra triggered a tsunami which affected large areas of the ocean as far away as east Africa, and killed an estimated 226 435 people. Area: about 73 556 000 sq km (28 400 000 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for Indian Ocean

first attested 1515 in Modern Latin (Oceanus Orientalis Indicus), named for India, which projects into it; earlier it was the Eastern Ocean, as opposed to the Western Ocean (Atlantic) before the Pacific was surmised.

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Indian Ocean in Culture

Indian Ocean definition


Third-largest ocean (after the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean), extending from southern Asia to Antarctica and from eastern Africa to southeastern Australia.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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