a small fertile or green area in a desert region, usually having a spring or well.
something serving as a refuge, relief, or pleasant change from what is usual, annoying, difficult, etc.: The library was an oasis of calm in the hectic city.
- o·a·sit·ic [oh-uh-sit-ik], /ˌoʊ əˈsɪt ɪk/, o·a·sal, o·a·se·an [oh-ey-see-uhn], /oʊˈeɪ si ən/, adjective
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How to use oasis in a sentence
Ribbon Falls, a sacred site of the Zuni people, is an incredible green oasis in the sea of red.
Even though people aren’t on the go, the home used to be an oasis.What happened to beauty’s on-the-go wipes brands in 2020? | jim cooper | December 29, 2020 | Digiday
All these inventions allowed small oases of civilization to be wrested from a natural wilderness that seemed endless.Anthropocene: Human-Made Materials Now Weigh as Much as All Living Biomass, Say Scientists | Jan Zalasiewicz | December 24, 2020 | Singularity Hub
They’re basically like oases — these islands in the middle of a desert of sand.Analyze This: Shipwrecks provide a home for bottom-dwelling fish | Carolyn Wilke | December 4, 2020 | Science News For Students
Most galling of all, Gow said, is the prospect that his ranch, his oasis, could suddenly become a thruway for construction and maintenance, an avenue for aerial surveillance and regular pesticide spraying that he would have no control over.It’s His Land. Now a Canadian Company Gets to Take It. | by Lee van der Voo for ProPublica | October 1, 2020 | ProPublica
You might be surprised to hear that hidden in Tampa, Florida is a food oasis of the Cuban persuasion.
The pop-punk of Green Day, the Britpop of oasis, the alternative arena rock of Weezer.Remembering Weezer’s ‘The Blue Album,’ A Garage Rock Classic, on Its 20th Anniversary | Andrew Romano | May 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And, as it turns out, a necessary zen oasis from the deafening screams of tweenage girls as this Austin Mahone character performs.I Was Way Too Old for Z100’s Jingle Ball Concert. But I Couldn’t Have Had More Fun. | Kevin Fallon | December 14, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even so, in the turbulent Middle East of the Arab Spring Lebanon has been an oasis of calm and relative affluence.After Beirut Bombing of Wissan al-Hassan, a Wary Calm in Lebanon | Jamie Dettmer | October 30, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
They rushed out in bathrobes and slippers, their blissful oasis near a suburban mall suddenly transformed into a horror scene.Wisconsin Spa Becomes Mass Murder Site as Gunman Kills Three and Himself | Lizzie Crocker | October 23, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
A trick like this—a generosity so distinct as this—is a real oasis in the ecclesiastical desert.Our Churches and Chapels | Atticus
We now enter the Palais Royal, that strange white and green oasis into which it is so simple never to stray.A Wanderer in Paris | E. V. Lucas
Now I was filled with the desire to lie here in this “oasis” and live at ease and sniff the clean fragrance of mountain plants.Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921 | Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
He is the one refreshing oasis in the desert wilderness of the Classical school.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4) | Richard Muther
It would be an oasis in this desert—that Express car; but lo!Four Years in Rebel Capitals | T. C. DeLeon
British Dictionary definitions for oasis (1 of 2)
a fertile patch in a desert occurring where the water table approaches or reaches the ground surface
a place of peace, safety, or happiness in the midst of trouble or difficulty
British Dictionary definitions for Oasis (2 of 2)
trademark a block of light porous material, used as a base for flower arrangements
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Scientific definitions for oasis
A small area in a desert that has a supply of water and is able to support vegetation. An oasis forms when groundwater lies close enough to the surface to form a spring or to be reached by wells.
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