One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of or adjoining the Atlantic Ocean.‘the Atlantic coast of Europe’
- ‘The picture here is of the sunset from the Atlantic coast of Tobago, just outside my hotel room.’
- ‘Exposed to the full roll of the Atlantic swells, the north coast is best for beaches.’
- ‘The call was made in a statement at the end of the two-day meeting in a luxury resort on Florida's Atlantic coast.’
- ‘At least half of English foreign-going shipping was engaged in this burgeoning Atlantic trade.’
- ‘The locals claim that this is where the Atlantic climate meets the continental climate.’
- ‘It also helps to steer our Atlantic weather depressions from their normal eastward movement.’
- ‘The island basks in year-round subtropical sunshine, wafted by gentle Atlantic breezes.’
- ‘For sailors stuck inside during an Atlantic storm, it must have been hell on water.’
- ‘A search by the family of an Atlantic rower missing off the west coast of Ireland has been called off.’
- ‘It was part of an epic holiday that took us thousands of miles along the Atlantic seaboard of Canada and the Viking Trail.’
- ‘She said that anyone could be a part of the Atlantic team if they were active and had initiative.’
- ‘I had packed for cold Atlantic gales, not taking the Gulf Stream seriously.’
- ‘It is more common on the Atlantic coast of France, and there are interesting Breton recipes for preparing it.’
- ‘She was trying to break the record for an Atlantic crossing.’
- ‘His travels took him first to the Atlantic coast and then across the continent to the Indian Ocean.’
- ‘On the rough Atlantic coast you could imagine yourself in Kerry, were it not for the temperature.’
- ‘This is a classic soup from the repertoire of cooks from the Atlantic regions.’
- ‘Here they even import wine young (so that it suffers less on the Atlantic crossing).’
- ‘The long sandy beaches of Spain's north coast are lashed by Atlantic surf and hemmed by rolling green hills.’
- ‘Its huge windows offer sweeping views of the fields, flowers and Atlantic waters that make Seil so tranquil.’
- ‘Sites for experimental wave turbines have already been identified on the island's Atlantic coast.’
- ‘The variety is also grown on Spain's Canary Islands off the Atlantic coast.’
- ‘The small boat punched its way through the heavy Atlantic swell and green seas crashed over our bows.’
Relating to or denoting the third climatic stage of the postglacial period in northern Europe, between the Boreal and Sub-Boreal stages (about 7,500 to 5,000 years ago), marked by a moist oceanic climate.
- ‘They occurred well above the late Pleistocene floodplain gravel and underlay a deposit containing animal remains that can be assigned only to the climatic optimum of the Atlantic phase, after 5000 B.C.’
- ‘This book challenges our views on the nature of the former natural landscape of Britain during the Atlantic period.’
- ‘The end of the Atlantic period was marked by the decline of the elm.’
1short for Atlantic Ocean
The Atlantic climatic stage.
Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek Atlantikos, from Atlas, Atlant- (see atlas). The term originally referred to the Atlas Mountains in North Africa, hence to the sea near the west African coast, later extended to the whole ocean.
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