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 sq. mi. (181,300,000 sq. km); greatest known depth, 35,433 feet (10,800 meters).
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British Dictionary definitions for pacific ocean
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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Word Origin and History for pacific ocean
1660, from Medieval Latin Pacificum, neuter of Latin pacificus (see pacific); so called c.1500 by Magellan when he sailed into it and found it calmer than the stormy Atlantic.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Culture definitions for pacific ocean
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