a large body of water constituting a principal part of the hydrosphere
anything apparently limitless in quantity or volume
One of the five large bodies of water separating the continents.
Water belonging to an ocean.
The island is surrounded by ocean
An immense expanse; any vast space or quantity without apparent limits; as, the boundless ocean of eternity; an ocean of affairs.
of modern usage.
Origin: From the vocabulary word ocean, inspired by the fashionable French female name Océane.
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ō′shan, n. the vast expanse of salt water that covers the greater part of the surface of the globe: one of its five great divisions (Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, Antarctic): any immense expanse or vast quantity.—adj. pertaining to the great sea.—n. O′cean-bā′sin, the depression of the earth's surface in which the waters of an ocean are contained.—adjs. Ocean′ian, pertaining to Oceania, which includes Polynesia, Micronesia, Melanesia, Australasia, and Malaysia; Ocean′ic, pertaining to the ocean: found or formed in the ocean or high seas, pelagic: wide like the ocean.—ns.pl. Ocean′ic-is′lands, islands far from the mainland, situated in the midst of the ocean; Ocean′ides, marine molluscs or sea-shells.—ns. O′cean-lane (see Lane); Oceanog′rapher, one versed in oceanography.—adj. Oceanograph′ic.—ns. Oceanog′raphy, the scientific description of the ocean; Oceanol′ogy, the science of the ocean: a treatise on the ocean. [Fr.,—L. oceanus—Gr. ōkeanos, perh. from ōkys, swift.]
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
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.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'ocean' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4517
Rank popularity for the word 'ocean' in Nouns Frequency: #1580
The numerical value of ocean in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of ocean in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
You can't create an ocean with a single drop. But you can create an ocean of suspicion with a single drop of doubt.
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
As I stand before you today, there's a whole other ocean that is opening up before us as ice gives way to open ocean in the Arctic.
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Translations for ocean
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- قاموس, محيطArabic
- সমুদ্র, মহাসমুদ্রBengali
- རྒྱ་མཚོTibetan Standard
- oceàCatalan, Valencian
- cefnfor, eigionWelsh
- oician, bóchna, an fharraige mhòr, lear, mórmhuir, aigéan, farraigeIrish
- aigeann, cuan, an fhairge mhòr, cuan mòr, fairge, muir, tàbhScottish Gaelic
- יָם, אוקינוסHebrew
- समुन्दर, अम्बुधि, सागर, महासागर, समन्दरHindi
- oseyanHaitian Creole
- lautan, samudraIndonesian
- sjór, ægir, haf, úthafIcelandic
- 海, 大洋, 海洋Japanese
- imaqKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- ಸಮುದ್ರ, ಮಹಾಸಾಗರKannada
- 大洋, 대양, 바다Korean
- oceanus, oceanumLatin
- enenne, enyanjjaGanda
- okeanas, vandenynasLithuanian
- moana, moana waiwai, moana tuauriuri, moana pīpipiMāori
- സമുദ്രം, സാഗരംMalayalam
- samudera, segara, lautanMalay
- အဏ္ဏဝါ, သမုဒ္ဒရာBurmese
- wereldzee, oceaanDutch
- verdshavNorwegian Nynorsk
- verdenshav, havNorwegian
- tónteelNavajo, Navaho
- سمندرPashto, Pushto
- ocean, okean, океанSerbo-Croatian
- සාගරයSinhala, Sinhalese
- మహా సముద్రంTelugu
- okean, de–izTurkmen
- 'oseniTonga (Tonga Islands)
- ساگر, بحر, محیط, سمندرUrdu
- okean, muhitUzbek
- đại dương, 大洋Vietnamese
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