or o·cean-go·ing

[ oh-shuhn-goh-ing ]
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  1. (of a ship) designed and equipped to travel on the open sea.

  2. noting or pertaining to sea transportation: oceangoing traffic.

Origin of oceangoing

First recorded in 1880–85; ocean + going

Words Nearby oceangoing

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How to use oceangoing in a sentence

  • Big brutes of oceangoing steamers floundering along in the dark, lowing out like seacows.

    Ulysses | James Joyce
  • Smaller oceangoing craft are used in a limited amount of coastal trade.

    Area Handbook for Albania | Eugene K. Keefe
  • Two of the minesweepers are oceangoing vessels; the other six can sweep harbors or inshore seas only.

    Area Handbook for Albania | Eugene K. Keefe

British Dictionary definitions for ocean-going


  1. (of a ship, boat, etc) suited for travel on the open ocean

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