[ puh-sif-ik ]
/ pəˈsɪf ɪk /


noun (initial capital letter)

a steam locomotive having a four-wheeled front truck, six driving wheels, and a two-wheeled rear truck.

Origin of pacific

1540–50; < Latin pācificus literally, peacemaking, equivalent to pāci- (combining form of pāx) peace + -ficus -fic

Related forms

non·pa·cif·ic, adjectiveun·pa·cif·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pacific (1 of 2)


/ (pəˈsɪfɪk) /


tending or conducive to peace; conciliatory
not aggressive; opposed to the use of force
free from conflict; peaceful

Derived Forms

pacifically, adverb

Word Origin for pacific

C16: from Old French pacifique, from Latin pācificus, from pāx peace + facere to make

British Dictionary definitions for pacific (2 of 2)


/ (pəˈsɪfɪk) /


the Pacific short for Pacific Ocean


of or relating to the Pacific Ocean or its islands
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