Sometimes arc·tic . of, relating to, or located at or near the North Pole: the Arctic region.
Sometimes arc·tic . coming from the North Pole or the Arctic region: an Arctic wind.
Often arc·tic . suitable for use in the Arctic: Arctic boots.
Usually arc·tic . characteristic of the extremely cold, snowy, windy weather north of the Arctic Circle; frigid; bleak: an arctic winter.
arctic, extremely cold in manner, atmosphere, etc.: a look of arctic disdain.
the Arc·tic, the region lying north of the Arctic Circle or of the northernmost limit of tree growth; the polar area north of the timberline.
arc·tics, warm, waterproof overshoes.
- arc·ti·cal·ly, adverb
- sub·arc·tic, adjective
- Antarctic, Arctic
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How to use Arctic in a sentence
The BioNTech vaccine is already difficult to distribute—it must be kept at sub-Arctic temperatures and administered in two doses several weeks apart.Pfizer and BioNTech’s overlooked third partner will distribute the vaccine in China—and it’s facing some resistance | Grady McGregor | January 9, 2021 | Fortune
The researchers’ calculations assume that, like some Arctic hunter-gatherers today, ancient humans acquired 45 percent of their calories from animal protein.Ice Age hunters’ leftovers may have fueled dog domestication | Bruce Bower | January 7, 2021 | Science News
How to dress for cold weather, according to an Arctic researcher.Staying safe this winter means a lot of time outside. Here’s how to stay warm. | Rebecca Jennings | November 30, 2020 | Vox
We were glad our test piece arrived just before an Arctic air mass spilled over the Continental Divide, putting us in the deep freezer for a week.
Also gone from the branding is the caricature of an Arctic child in a fur-collared coat.Ice Cream Bars Formerly Known as ‘Eskimo Pies’ Are Now ‘Edy’s Pies’ | Madeleine Davies | October 5, 2020 | Eater
Two years into an Arctic expedition, they were forced to abandon ship a thousand miles north of Siberia.
At Studio Stagetti, I shot a man with more picks and axes than I have ever seen outside an Arctic expedition.
Some of this is just a natural part of adapting to the natural climate change that is happening in the Arctic.
Russia is rapidly building up its military forces in the Arctic in an effort to secure its claims in the frigid region.
But beyond the strict realm of national security, the Arctic is becoming increasingly important to Russia economically.
It was depressing to think of going to bed in such circumstances with the yelling of an Arctic storm for a lullaby.The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
When it cleared, the valley was a solid expanse of white, and the stars shone out as if in an Arctic sky.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
This shelter, however, was sufficient in the long summer day of the Arctic regions.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
After the warmth of the girl's greeting, this other was like a plunge into the Arctic chill of his northern retreat.Astounding Stories, May, 1931 | Various
The southern parts of the Arctic islands, especially Banksland, belong to it also.
British Dictionary definitions for arctic (1 of 2)
of or relating to the Arctic: arctic temperatures
informal cold; freezing: the weather at Christmas was arctic
US a high waterproof overshoe with buckles
(modifier) designed or suitable for conditions of extreme cold: arctic clothing
British Dictionary definitions for Arctic (2 of 2)
the Arctic or Arctic Zone the regions north of the Arctic Circle
of or relating to the regions north of the Arctic Circle
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Cultural definitions for Arctic
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