pacific

[ puh-sif-ik ]
/ pəˈsɪf ɪk /

adjective

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 formsnon·pa·cif·ic, adjectiveun·pa·cif·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pacific (1 of 2)

pacific

/ (pəˈsɪfɪk) /

adjective

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

Pacific

/ (pəˈsɪfɪk) /

noun

the Pacific short for Pacific Ocean

adjective

of or relating to the Pacific Ocean or its islands
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Word Origin and History for pacific

pacific


adj.

1540s, "tending to make peace," from Middle French pacifique, from Latin pacificus "peaceful, peace-making," from pax (genitive pacis) "peace" (see peace) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Meaning "peaceful, calm" is first recorded 1630s. Related: Pacifical (mid-15c.); pacifically.

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