- a small fertile or green area in a desert region, usually having a spring or well.
- something serving as a refuge, relief, or pleasant change from what is usual, annoying, difficult, etc.: The library was an oasis of calm in the hectic city.
Origin of oasis
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Examples from the Web for oases
But like American speakeasies during prohibition in the USA, these places are oases in a desert of official prudery.Tehran’s Underground Speakeasies
June 15, 2014
They are also oases, where Jews and Arabs of all kinds interact as equals.Reading Obamacare In Jerusalem
July 13, 2012
I speak of these things, for they were the oases in army life and drudgery.War from the Inside
Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
There are oases in it; some of them large, and settled by civilised men.The Desert Home
Like oases are these Freshmen to the Student-Body collector.Stanford Stories
Charles K. Field
One of the oases we visited was the Lucus Ascræus, in the northern hemisphere.To Mars via The Moon
There were exceptions, like oases in the desert of ignorance and vice.Ulysses S. Grant
- a fertile patch in a desert occurring where the water table approaches or reaches the ground surface
- a place of peace, safety, or happiness in the midst of trouble or difficulty
- trademark a block of light porous material, used as a base for flower arrangements
Word Origin and History for oases
1610s, from French oasis (18c.) and directly from Late Latin oasis, from Greek oasis, probably from Hamitic (cf. Coptic wahe, ouahe "oasis," properly "dwelling place," from ouih "dwell"). The same Egyptian source produced Arabic wahah.
- A small area in a desert that has a supply of water and is able to support vegetation. An oasis forms when groundwater lies close enough to the surface to form a spring or to be reached by wells.