- of, living in, or produced by the ocean: oceanic currents.
- of or relating to the region of water lying above the bathyal, abyssal, and hadal zones of the sea bottom.Compare neritic, pelagic.
- immensely large; vast: an oceanic expanse of stars.
- (initial capital letter) of or relating to Oceania, its peoples, or their languages.
Origin of oceanic
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Examples from the Web for oceanic
John Luther Adams lives up to the title of his composition, capturing an oceanic torrent of sound in an awe-inspiring performance.The Best Albums of 2014
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Rarely so personal, death was more often oceanic and everywhere.Blood and Mud: A French Soldier’s WWI Memoir Vividly Describes Trench Warfare
May 1, 2014
He falls deep into oceanic silence, interrupted only by the sound of Adele (singing a mediocre Bond anthem), and you know what?Is ‘Skyfall’ the Best (and Gayest) James Bond Movie Yet?
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November 9, 2012
Some were funny, some sad, and all managed to convey the sense of isolation and fear felt by the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815.Celebrating Lost for the Last Time
May 14, 2010
I can almost hear an oceanic sigh of relief from members of the Sandwich Generation.It Took a Woman
March 21, 2010
These oceanic streams are regular, though not regularly defined.The Ocean Waifs
Moreover, Mauritius and the other islands appear to me oceanic in character.More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II
The Coryphæna hippuris, an oceanic fish; often called "dolphin."
Also, the Gadus morrhua, one of the most important of oceanic fishes.
An oceanic fish, well-known as the bonito or horse-mackerel.
- of or relating to the ocean
- living in the depths of the ocean beyond the continental shelf at a depth exceeding 200 metresoceanic fauna
- huge or overwhelming
- (of geological formations) of volcanic origin, arising from the oceanoceanic islands
- a branch, group, or subfamily of the Malayo-Polynesian family of languages, comprising Polynesian and Melanesian
- of, relating to, or belonging to this group of languages
- of or relating to Oceania
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Word Origin and History for oceanic
1650s, probably from French océanique, from océan (see ocean).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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