What does ocean mean?

Definitions for ocean
ˈoʊ ʃənocean

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ocean.

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

Wiktionary

  1. ocean(Noun)

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

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

  2. ocean(Noun)

    Water belonging to an ocean.

    The island is surrounded by ocean

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

  3. ocean(Noun)

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

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

  4. Ocean(ProperNoun)

    of modern usage.

    Etymology: 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ocean

    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

  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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ocean

    This term, in its largest sense, is the whole body of salt water which encompasses the globe, except the collection of inland seas, lakes, and rivers: in a word, that glorious type of omnipotent power, whether in calm or tempest:-- "Dark, heaving, boundless, endless, and sublime, The image of Eternity." In a more limited sense it is divided into--1. The Atlantic Ocean. 2. The Pacific Ocean. 3. The Indian Ocean. 4. The Southern Ocean.

Editors Contribution

  1. ocean

    A connected body of water of a specific size and volume.

    The ocean is very vast and beautiful.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 4, 2020  

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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

How to pronounce ocean?

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How to say ocean in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ocean in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ocean in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of ocean in a Sentence

  1. Blaine Gibson:

    Mozambique is really separate from this -- even though it's on the Indian Ocean. I didn't come here to look for the plane, it was my 177th country to visit. I'm here as a tourist, but since I'm passionately interested in MH370, and I am on the Indian Ocean I thought, 'Why not take a boat out and ask some of the local people where stuff washed ashore from the open ocean?'.

  2. Linsey Sala:

    They are mostly grazers in the upper 200 meters (yards) of the ocean, because they can swim in the water column, they can be transported by strong currents.

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    It's not at all easy to be an Eagle, and that too a Royal Eagle. The Royal eagle doesn't live in the King's palace, but instead he prefers the highest peaks of mighty mountains. The Royal Eagle always welcomes the violent winds, which blow with the highest energy only to make him fly higher and higher, to far greater heights each time. You are an Eagle, truly the Royal Eagle. You must welcome the violent winds and the storms, especially when your ocean is becoming devoid of any turmoil. And most importantly, you must fly high, always! You must soar, fearlessly in the open sky - because that's your true character. Spread your strong wiings and soar, Royal Eagle!

  4. Christopher Hart:

    Technology has reached a point where we shouldn't have to search hundreds of miles of ocean floor in a frantic race to find these valuable boxes.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    A moss which leaves its ocean becomes pale and dries up and a man which leaves his mother country is a moss which leaves it ocean!

Images & Illustrations of ocean

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