- 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 oasis
The pop-punk of Green Day, the Britpop of Oasis, the alternative arena rock of Weezer.Remembering Weezer’s ‘The Blue Album,’ A Garage Rock Classic, on Its 20th Anniversary
May 10, 2014
Even so, in the turbulent Middle East of the Arab Spring Lebanon has been an oasis of calm and relative affluence.After Beirut Bombing of Wissan al-Hassan, a Wary Calm in Lebanon
October 30, 2012
Voting was disrupted also at oasis towns in southeastern Libya, including Jalo and Ojla.Polls Close in First Libyan Election in More Than 40 Years
July 7, 2012
They were lonely servants providing an oasis in a long, desert path.This Week’s Hot Reads: May 29, 2012
May 29, 2012
This person also cast doubt on whether the grapevines at Oasis would have survived a long period of neglect.Tareq Salahi’s $50M Suit Against Michaele, Schon, Journey Thrown Out
April 11, 2012
It was an oasis of natural splendor in the heart of a calm sea of green grass.The Law-Breakers
It fell like an oasis over the solemn company walking there.The Shadow of a Crime
The thirsty traveler in the desert places had come to the oasis of her dreams.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek
George W. Ogden
The oasis was of small extent, extending but two hundred yards across.
My father's tribe live in the oasis ten miles east of the old lake.
- 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 oasis
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.