of, living in, or produced by the ocean: oceanic currents.
- pre·o·ce·an·ic, adjective
- un·o·ce·an·ic, adjective
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How to use oceanic in a sentence
Over the past half-century, oceanic sharks and rays have diminished around the globe, an international team of scientists reported on January 27 in the journal Nature.Sharks and rays are far less abundant in the world’s oceans than 50 years ago | Kate Baggaley | January 27, 2021 | Popular-Science
Meanwhile, below the oceans are thin but dense oceanic crusts.After 1.5 Billion Years in Flux, Here’s How a New, Stronger Crust Set the Stage for Life on Earth | Fabio A Capitanio | December 3, 2020 | Singularity Hub
As they left the Auckland Islands, two whales visited other oceanic islands—skirting around Macquarie Island and visiting Campbell Island.The secret to helping this resilient whale species lies in its genes | By Emma Carroll/The Conversation | November 2, 2020 | Popular-Science
It comes with this oceanic feeling that you’re in this giant ocean of existence, and that life is a celebration.How Psilocybin Can Save the Environment - Issue 90: Something Green | Mark MacNamara | September 30, 2020 | Nautilus
Each of these extreme weather events was the result of a particular set of atmospheric — and in the case of Laura, oceanic — conditions.What’s behind August 2020’s extreme weather? Climate change and bad luck | Carolyn Gramling | August 27, 2020 | Science News
John Luther Adams lives up to the title of his composition, capturing an oceanic torrent of sound in an awe-inspiring performance.
Rarely so personal, death was more often oceanic and everywhere.Blood and Mud: A French Soldier’s WWI Memoir Vividly Describes Trench Warfare | Marc Wortman | May 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
These, according to the National oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, are the worst storms ever to hit the U.S.Hercules, Schmercules. Here Are America’s 5 Worst Blizzards | Nina Strochlic | January 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He falls deep into oceanic silence, interrupted only by the sound of Adele (singing a mediocre Bond anthem), and you know what?Is ‘Skyfall’ the Best (and Gayest) James Bond Movie Yet? | Ramin Setoodeh, Marlow Stern | November 9, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Biologists with the National oceanic and Atmospheric Administration doing field research on endangered species?
The hundred-fathom line lies far beyond them; these waters, though thoroughly oceanic in character, are not oceanic in depth.The Cornwall Coast | Arthur L. Salmon
With the exception of the occupants of the Malayan Peninsula, all the oceanic population occupy islands.The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies | Robert Gordon Latham
We continued to have the southern oceanic birds accompany us and a few whales.A Voyage to the South Sea | William Bligh
My feet stand on the oceanic watershed, my eyes roam over this huge system, which I love as my own possession.Trans-Himalaya, Vol. 2 (of 2) | Sven Hedin
Lake Huron charms the eye, with the view of its freshness and oceanic expanse.Summary Narrative of an Exploratory Expedition to the Sources of the Mississippi River, in 1820 | Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
British Dictionary definitions for oceanic (1 of 2)
of or relating to the ocean
living in the depths of the ocean beyond the continental shelf at a depth exceeding 200 metres: oceanic fauna
huge or overwhelming
(of geological formations) of volcanic origin, arising from the ocean: oceanic islands
British Dictionary definitions for Oceanic (2 of 2)
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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Scientific definitions for oceanic
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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