- of or relating to the sea; existing in or produced by the sea: marine vegetation.
- pertaining to navigation or shipping; nautical; naval; maritime.
- serving on shipboard, as soldiers.
- of or belonging to the marines.
- adapted for use at sea: a marine barometer.
- a member of the U.S. Marine Corps.
- one of a class of naval troops serving both on shipboard and on land.
- seagoing ships collectively, especially with reference to nationality or class; shipping in general.
- a picture with a marine subject; seascape.
- naval affairs, or the department of a government, as in France, having to do with such affairs.
- dead marine, Australian Slang. an empty bottle of beer or spirits.
- tell it/that to the marines! I don't believe your story; I refuse to be fooled.
Origin of marine
Related Words for marinesnavy, force, troop, service, army, cadet, marine, pilot, boater, diver, fighter, mercenary, guerrilla, veteran, guard, officer, volunteer, paratrooper, trooper, commando
Examples from the Web for marines
Contemporary Examples of marines
He used to drive her to school once he came home from the Marines.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
It is a reasonable assumption, considering his roots in the Republican Party, in the Marines, and his proud Scots-Irish roots.Hillary Gets a Challenger and He’s a Marine
November 21, 2014
But the Mexican marines who grabbed him back in February were unafraid and incorruptible.Could El Chapo Go Free?
November 19, 2014
Some boys might sport black face while dressed as members of the marines or army.Stepford Sororities: The Pressures of USC’s Greek Life
Maya Richard Craven
November 17, 2014
At the same time, the Marines and spouses in the unit shared day-to-day information on a group Facebook page.War Is About More Than Heroes, Martyrs, and Patriots
Nathan Bradley Bethea
November 12, 2014
Historical Examples of marines
Major Oldfield, who commanded the marines of Theseus, was killed, with two of his men.
We are to have sixty blue-jackets and five marines for sentries, and so on.
The marines had cleaned and loaded all the muskets, and placed them in the racks.
The Marines, at a word from their officer, turned to go, taking the prisoners with them.Plotting in Pirate Seas
Runkle was off like a shot on his errand and soon returned with two marines.Dave Darrin on Mediterranean Service
H. Irving Hancock
- of, found in, or relating to the sea
- of or relating to shipping, navigation, etc
- of or relating to a body of seagoing troopsmarine corps
- of or relating to a government department concerned with maritime affairs
- used or adapted for use at seaa marine camera
- shipping and navigation in generalthe merchant marine
- (capital when part of a name) a member of a marine corps or similar body
- a picture of a ship, seascape, etc
- tell it to the marines informal an expression of disbelief
Word Origin for marine
14c., "seacoast;" see marine (adj.). Meaning "collective shipping of a country" is from 1660s. Meaning "soldier who serves on a ship" is from 1670s, a separate borrowing from French marine, from the French adjective. Phrase tell that to the marines (1806) originally was the first half of a retort expressing skepticism:
"Upon my soul, sir," answered the lieutenant, "when I thought she scorned my passion, I wept like a child."
"Belay there!" cried the captain; "you may tell that to the marines, but I'll be d----d if the sailors will believe it." ["John Moore," "The Post-Captain; or, the Wooden Walls Well Manned," 1805]
The book, a rollicking sea romance/adventure novel, was popular in its day and the remark is a recurring punch line in it (repeated at least four times). It was written by naval veteran John Davis (1774-1854) but published under the name John Moore. Walsh records that, "The marines are among the 'jolly' jack-tars a proverbially gullible lot, capable of swallowing any yarn, in size varying from a yawl-boat to a full-rigged frigate."
early 15c., "pertaining to the sea," from Middle French marin, from Old French marin "of the sea, maritime," from Latin marinus "of the sea," from mare "sea, the sea, seawater," from PIE *mori- "body of water, lake" (see mere (n.)). The Old English word was sælic.
- Relating to the sea.
- Relating to a system of open-ocean and unprotected coastal habitats, characterized by exposure to wave action, tidal fluctuation, and ocean currents and by the absence of trees, shrubs, or emergent vegetation. Water in the marine system is at or near the full salinity of seawater. Compare lacustrine palustrine riverine.
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