[ oh-shee-an-ik ]
/ ˌoʊ ʃiˈæn ɪk /


of, living in, or produced by the ocean: oceanic currents.
of or relating to the region of water lying above the bathyal, abyssal, and hadal zones of the sea bottom.Compare neritic, pelagic.
immensely large; vast: an oceanic expanse of stars.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to Oceania, its peoples, or their languages.

Nearby words

  1. oceanaut,
  2. oceanfront,
  3. oceangoing,
  4. oceania,
  5. oceanian,
  6. oceanic crust,
  7. oceanic ridge,
  8. oceanic trench,
  9. oceanic whitetip shark,
  10. oceanicity

Origin of oceanic

1650–60; < Medieval Latin ōceanicus, equivalent to Latin ōcean(us) ocean + -icus -ic

Related formspre·o·ce·an·ic, adjectiveun·o·ce·an·ic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for oceanic


/ (ˌəʊʃɪˈænɪk) /


of or relating to the ocean
living in the depths of the ocean beyond the continental shelf at a depth exceeding 200 metresoceanic fauna
huge or overwhelming
(of geological formations) of volcanic origin, arising from the oceanoceanic islands


/ (ˌəʊʃɪˈænɪk) /


a branch, group, or subfamily of the Malayo-Polynesian family of languages, comprising Polynesian and Melanesian


of, relating to, or belonging to this group of languages
of or relating to Oceania
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Word Origin and History for oceanic



1650s, probably from French océanique, from océan (see ocean).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for oceanic


[ ō′shē-ănĭk ]

Relating to the ocean.
Relating to the ocean waters that lie beyond the continental shelf and exceed 200 m (656 ft) in depth. Compare neritic. See more at epipelagic zone.
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