Definitions for Arcticˈɑrk tɪk or, esp. for 7 , ˈɑr tɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

arc•ticˈɑrk tɪk or, esp. for 7 , ˈɑr tɪk(adj.)

  1. (often cap.) of, pertaining to, or located at or near the North Pole:

    the arctic region.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  2. coming from the North Pole or the arctic region:

    an arctic wind.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  3. characteristic of the extremely cold, snowy, windy weather north of the Arctic Circle; frigid; bleak:

    an arctic winter.

    Category: Meteorology

  4. extremely cold in manner:

    a look of arctic disdain.

  5. (n.)(often cap.) the region lying north of the Arctic Circle or of the northernmost limit of tree growth; the polar area north of the timberline.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  6. arctics, warm waterproof overshoes.

    Category: Clothing

Origin of arctic:

1350–1400; ME artik < MF artique < L arcticus < Gk arktikós northern, lit., of the Bear =árkt(os) bear (see Ursa Major ) +-ikos -ic


Princeton's WordNet

  1. Arctic, Arctic Zone, North Frigid Zone(noun)

    the regions to the north of the Arctic Circle centered on the North Pole

  2. arctic, galosh, golosh, rubber, gumshoe(adj)

    a waterproof overshoe that protects shoes from water or snow

  3. north-polar, Arctic(adj)

    of or relating to the Arctic

    "the Arctic summer"

  4. arctic, frigid, gelid, glacial, icy, polar(adj)

    extremely cold

    "an arctic climate"; "a frigid day"; "gelid waters of the North Atlantic"; "glacial winds"; "icy hands"; "polar weather"


  1. arctic(Adjective)

    Being extremely cold, snowy, or having other properties of extreme winter associated with the Arctic.

    The food was kept very fresh by the arctic temperature setting of the freezer.

  2. Arctic(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the Arctic.

    The food was kept very fresh by the arctic temperature setting of the freezer.

  3. Arctic(ProperNoun)

    A region of the Earth above the Arctic Circle, containing the North Pole.

  4. Origin: From artique (with -c- reintroduced after Latin in the 17th century), from arcticus, from ἀρκτικός, from ἄρκτος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Arctic(adj)

    pertaining to, or situated under, the northern constellation called the Bear; northern; frigid; as, the arctic pole, circle, region, ocean; an arctic expedition, night, temperature

  2. Arctic(noun)

    the arctic circle

  3. Arctic(noun)

    a warm waterproof overshoe


  1. Arctic

    The Arctic is a polar region located at the northernmost part of the Earth. The Arctic consists of the Arctic Ocean and parts of Canada, Russia, Denmark, Norway, the United States, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. The Arctic region consists of a vast, ice-covered ocean, surrounded by treeless permafrost. The area can be defined as north of the Arctic Circle, the approximate limit of the midnight sun and the polar night. Alternatively, it can be defined as the region where the average temperature for the warmest month is below 10 °C; the northernmost tree line roughly follows the isotherm at the boundary of this region. Socially and politically, the Arctic region includes the northern territories of the eight Arctic states, although by natural science definitions much of this territory is considered subarctic. The Arctic region is a unique area among Earth's ecosystems. The cultures in the region and the Arctic indigenous peoples have adapted to its cold and extreme conditions. In recent years the extent of the sea ice has declined. Life in the Arctic includes organisms living in the ice, zooplankton and phytoplankton, fish and marine mammals, birds, land animals, plants and human societies.

Translations for Arctic

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of the area round the North Pole

the Arctic wilderness.

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