Pacific Ocean


noun

an ocean bordered by the American continents, Asia, and Australia: largest ocean in the world; divided by the equator into the North Pacific and the South Pacific. 70,000,000 square miles (181,300,000 square kilometers); greatest known depth, 35,433 feet (10,800 meters).

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Origin of Pacific Ocean

First recorded in 1560–70
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British Dictionary definitions for Pacific Ocean

Pacific Ocean

noun

the world's largest and deepest ocean, lying between Asia and Australia and North and South America: almost landlocked in the north, linked with the Arctic Ocean only by the Bering Strait, and extending to Antarctica in the south; has exceptionally deep trenches, and a large number of volcanic and coral islands. Area: about 165 760 000 sq km (64 000 000 sq miles). Average depth: 4215 m (14 050 ft). Greatest depth: Challenger Deep (in the Marianas Trench), 11 033 m (37 073 ft). Greatest width: (between Panama and Mindanao, Philippines) 17 066 km (10 600 miles)
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Cultural definitions for Pacific Ocean

Pacific Ocean

The largest ocean in the world, separating Asia and Australia on the west from North America and South America on the east.

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