either of two areas in the ocean between 40° and 50° N or S latitude, noted for high winds and rough seas.
The Strangest Winter Olympic EventsRead more in this article about some frequently asked questions and fun facts related to our definitions.
Why is the San Francisco football team called the 49ers?When the California Gold Rush began in 1848, American football didn’t exist. But those aggressive gold miners would give their nickname to a football team one hundred years later. Gold was first found in Northern California in January 1848, and it took about a year for the news to travel and inspire thousands of fortune seekers to head west. The miners who arrived in 1849 …
- roanoke island,
- roanoke rapids,
- roar up,
- roaring twenties,
Origin of roaring forties
First recorded in 1875–80
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
the Roaring Forties nautical the areas of ocean between 40° and 50° latitude in the S Hemisphere, noted for gale-force winds
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012