Definitions for oceanˈoʊ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•ceanˈoʊ ʃən(n.)

  1. the vast body of salt water that covers almost three-fourths of the earth's surface.

    Category: Oceanography

  2. any of the geographical divisions of this body, commonly given as the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, and Antarctic oceans.

    Category: Oceanography

  3. a vast expanse or quantity:

    an ocean of grass.

Origin of ocean:

1250–1300; ME (< OF) < L < Gk ŌkeanósOceanus

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ocean(noun)

    a large body of water constituting a principal part of the hydrosphere

  2. ocean, sea(noun)

    anything apparently limitless in quantity or volume

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ocean(noun)ˈoʊ ʃən

    the large bodies of salt water on the earth

    the sound of the ocean; fish that live in the ocean; ocean currents/beaches

  2. oceanˈoʊ ʃən

    one of the five regions of the ocean

    the Antarctic Ocean; the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

Wiktionary

  1. ocean(Noun)

    One of the five large bodies of water separating the continents.

  2. ocean(Noun)

    Water belonging to an ocean.

    The island is surrounded by ocean

  3. ocean(Noun)

    An immense expanse; any vast space or quantity without apparent limits; as, the boundless ocean of eternity; an ocean of affairs.

  4. Ocean(ProperNoun)

    of modern usage.

  5. Origin: From the vocabulary word ocean, inspired by the fashionable French female name Océane.

Freebase

  1. Ocean

    An ocean is a body of saline water that composes a large part of a planet's hydrosphere. In the context of Earth, it refers to one or all of the major divisions of the planet's World Ocean – they are, in descending order of area, the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Southern, and Arctic Oceans. The word "sea" is often used interchangeably with "ocean", but strictly speaking a sea is a body of saline water partly or fully enclosed by land. Earth is the only planet known to have an ocean. Approximately 72% of the planet's surface is covered by saline water that is customarily divided into several principal oceans and smaller seas, with the ocean covering approximately 71% of the Earth's surface. In terms of the hydrosphere of the Earth, the ocean contains 97% of the Earth's water. Oceanographers have stated that out of 97%, only 5% of the ocean as a whole on Earth has been explored. Because it is the principal component of Earth's hydrosphere, the world ocean is integral to all known life, forms part of the carbon cycle, and influences climate and weather patterns. The total volume is approximately 1.3 billion cubic kilometres with an average depth of 3,682 metres. It is the habitat of 230,000 known species, although much of the ocean's depths remain unexplored and it is estimated that over two million marine species exist. The origin of Earth's oceans is still unknown, but oceans are believed to have formed in the Hadean period and may have been the impetus for the emergence of life.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. OCEAN

    An old toper who is always soaked, has many a hard night along the coast, floats many a schooner, lashes himself into a fury because so frequently crossed, and has his barks in every port. At sea, the king of the elements; on shore, a mere surf.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ocean' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4517

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ocean' in Nouns Frequency: #1580


Translations for ocean

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

ocean(noun)

the salt water that covers most of the earth's surface.

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