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. oceannoun

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

  2. ocean, seanoun

    anything apparently limitless in quantity or volume

Wiktionary

  1. oceannoun

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

  2. oceannoun

    Water belonging to an ocean.

    The island is surrounded by ocean

  3. oceannoun

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

  4. Oceannoun

    of modern usage.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Oceanadjective

    This is not usual, though conformable to the original import of the word. Pertaining to the main or great sea.

    In bulk as huge as that sea-beast
    Leviathan, which God of all his works
    Created hugest that swim th’ ocean stream. John Milton, P. Lost.

    Bounds were set
    To darkness, such as bound the ocean wave. John Milton.

  2. OCEANnoun

    Etymology: ocean, Fr. oceanus, Latin.

    The golden sun salutes the morn,
    And, having gilt the ocean with his beams,
    Gallops the zodiack. William Shakespeare, Tit. and Andronicus.

    Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood
    Clean from my hand? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Time, in general, is to duration, as place to expansion. They are so much of those boundless oceans of eternity and immensity, as is set out and distinguished from the rest, to denote the position of finite real beings, in those uniform, infinite oceans of duration and space. John Locke.

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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  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

Anagrams for ocean »

  1. canoe

  2. acone

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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. Garrett Leatham:

    (Thomas) Jefferson did great things, but he owned slaves. We need to know both. Otherwise, we're stuck believing Columbus sailed the ocean blue and helped the Indians.

  2. Greta Thunberg:

    The tricky thing is that its on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. And there are no trains going there, and since I dont fly, because of the enormous climate impact of aviation, its going to be a challenge. I havent quite figured that out yet.

  3. Giles Noakes:

    A lot of people are dying from piracy - nowhere near that number died in the last few years in the Western Indian Ocean (due to Somali piracy), we are particularly concerned by the issue.

  4. Darren Chester:

    That such debris has been found on the east coast of Africa is consistent with drift modelling ... and further affirms our search efforts in the southern Indian Ocean.

  5. Lei Yi:

    Any country hit by African swine fever, be it Vietnam or China, is a blue ocean market for pig farming.

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