1. of or relating to the Atlantic Ocean.
  2. of, relating to, or situated on the eastern seaboard of the U.S.: the Atlantic states.
  3. of or relating to the countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean, especially those of North America and Europe.
  4. of or relating to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization or its members: the Atlantic Alliance.
  1. Atlantic Ocean.
  2. Railroads. a steam locomotive having a four-wheeled front truck, four driving wheels, and a two-wheeled rear truck.

Origin of Atlantic

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin Atlanticum (mare) the Atlantic (ocean), neuter of Atlanticus < Greek Atlantikós of (Mount) Atlas, equivalent to Atlant- (stem of Átlās) + -ikos -ic
Related formssub-At·lan·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of atlantic

Historical Examples of atlantic

  • It ain't any trouble, because it's the first land you'll strike the other side of the Atlantic.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • This was blockading the Atlantic against their enemies, and the Mediterranean against their own ships.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The brig sailed, however, and stood across the Atlantic, as if in good earnest.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Was it possible to submerge the cable in the Atlantic, and would it be safe at the bottom?

  • He it was who forged the shaft of the Savannah, the first steamship which crossed the Atlantic.

British Dictionary definitions for atlantic


  1. the Atlantic short for Atlantic Ocean
  1. of or relating to or bordering the Atlantic Ocean
  2. of or relating to Atlas or the Atlas Mountains

Word Origin for Atlantic

C15: from Latin Atlanticus, from Greek (pelagos) Atlantikos (the sea) of Atlas (so called because it lay beyond the Atlas Mountains)
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Word Origin and History for atlantic


late 14c., occean of Athlant "sea off the west coast of Africa" (early 15c. as occean Atlantyke), from Latin Atlanticus, from Greek Atlantikos "of Atlas," adjectival form of Atlas (genitive Atlantos), in reference to Mount Atlas in Mauritania (see Atlas). Applied to the whole ocean since c.1600.

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