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Pacific Ocean

an ocean bordered by the American continents, Asia, and Australia: largest ocean in the world; divided by the equator into the North Pacific and the South Pacific. 70,000,000 sq. mi. (181,300,000 sq. km); greatest known depth, 35,433 feet (10,800 meters). Unabridged
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  • The day had broken by this time, quick and beautiful as ever in the Pacific Ocean.

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton
  • Above was the blue sky, and the stars, and all about the desert of the Pacific Ocean.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • Porter had now been in the Pacific Ocean about three months.

  • We have now to cross this, for our faces are set towards the Pacific Ocean.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • This route is generally preferred by steamers on their way to the Pacific Ocean.

British Dictionary definitions for Pacific Ocean

Pacific Ocean

the world's largest and deepest ocean, lying between Asia and Australia and North and South America: almost landlocked in the north, linked with the Arctic Ocean only by the Bering Strait, and extending to Antarctica in the south; has exceptionally deep trenches, and a large number of volcanic and coral islands. Area: about 165 760 000 sq km (64 000 000 sq miles). Average depth: 4215 m (14 050 ft). Greatest depth: Challenger Deep (in the Marianas Trench), 11 033 m (37 073 ft). Greatest width: (between Panama and Mindanao, Philippines) 17 066 km (10 600 miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Pacific Ocean

1660, from Medieval Latin Pacificum, neuter of Latin pacificus (see pacific); so called c.1500 by Magellan when he sailed into it and found it calmer than the stormy Atlantic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Pacific Ocean in Culture

Pacific Ocean definition

The largest ocean in the world, separating Asia and Australia on the west from North America and South America on the east.

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