Definition of oceanic in English:


Pronunciation /ˌəʊʃɪˈanɪk//ˌəʊsɪˈanɪk/


  • 1Relating to the ocean.

    ‘oceanic atolls’
    • ‘The heartland stood in opposition to the maritime or oceanic lands, and would triumph.’
    • ‘Here the oceanic landscape of the Water country met the rolling plains and lush forests of the Air Queendom.’
    • ‘Planktonic foraminifera can be used to obtain data relating to surface water temperatures and oceanic circulation patterns.’
    • ‘The occurrence of major pulses of oceanic water has proved unpredictable, being non-existent during the 1980s.’
    • ‘Sediments between the mafic sills in the Guaymas Basin are a mixture of continent-derived gravity-flow deposits and oceanic pelagic deposits.’
    • ‘A prevalent notion also exists that the basin was geographically restricted from oceanic waters.’
    • ‘It is uncertain whether coral reef ecosystems are oceanic sources or sinks of carbon dioxide.’
    • ‘Seven paired samples were collected from a small oceanic reef near Lee Stocking Island in the Bahamas.’
    • ‘These data indicate that euxinic conditions were common in the water column during Mesozoic oceanic anoxic events.’
    • ‘The deepest waters are found in oceanic trenches, which plunge as deep as 35,000 feet below the ocean surface.’
    • ‘Moreover, the animals and the plants inhabiting oceanic islands bear the greatest similarity to species found on the nearest mainland.’
    • ‘The model, as advanced by Jeppsson, primarily relates to the generation of oceanic deep waters.’
    • ‘The Indo-Pacific is the most abundant oceanic region for aquatic life and Sipadan seems to be home for most of them.’
    • ‘Standing in this forest, in the shadows of the mountains, at the edge of the oceanic abyss, I can't help thinking about Judas Iscariot.’
    • ‘This attenuation rate is similar to numerous others previously reported for various oceanic areas.’
    • ‘Two-thirds of oceanic fisheries are now being fished at or beyond their capacity; overfishing is now the rule, not the exception.’
    • ‘Traveling across the Pacific, oceanic tides crash upon the Hawaiian Ridge and dissipate.’
    • ‘Additionally, gobies are usually the most abundant freshwater fish on oceanic islands.’
    • ‘The two eastern forks of Long Island jut into oceanic waters, creating a mixing zone for currents and coastal and offshore migratory species.’
    • ‘Identifying pelagic hot spots on oceanic scales and linking these regions with oceanographic features is of high importance.’
    1. 1.1 Of or inhabiting the part of the ocean beyond the edge of a continental shelf.
      ‘stocks of oceanic fish’
      • ‘However, this ichthyofauna is characterized mostly by the co-occurrence of oceanic and neritic fish.’
      • ‘Many oceanic creatures - whales and teleost fishes in particular - appear only in upper strata, well above hordes of terrestrial forms.’
      • ‘The best part was when a huge oceanic whitetip started chasing the airline check-in girl.’
      • ‘The drum family consists primarily of oceanic continental shelf fishes.’
      • ‘It is a pelagic, oceanic shark and is frequently found near the shore especially during the summer months.’
      • ‘Moreover, the modeling took no account of the warming effects of the infusion of relatively warm air from oceanic and tropical areas to continental interiors.’
      • ‘Perhaps more surprising, fish farming could eventually exceed the oceanic fish catch.’
      • ‘Those higher prices could increase demand for oceanic fish and put added pressure on fisheries.’
      • ‘And sharks that range across the open ocean, known as oceanic or pelagic sharks, have been an even bigger mystery.’
      • ‘Guarding them were six or seven oceanic blacktip sharks, all bulging muscles and thick necks, making mock charges at us.’
      • ‘These whales feed primarily but not exclusively on squid, with one species foraging in deep oceanic waters and the other over the continental shelf.’
      • ‘The coastal intertidal zone is the area between the low and high tide zones that is not quite oceanic and not quite terrestrial.’
      • ‘All are oceanic in distribution and are commonly washed up after westerly gales.’
      • ‘The enormous oceanic whitetip that had scattered them eyed me curiously.’
      • ‘An estimated 5,000 types of oceanic fish are waiting to be discovered, project leaders said in a recent report.’
      marine, ocean
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    2. 1.2 (of a climate) governed by the proximity of the ocean.
      ‘he attributes forest decline to our oceanic climate’
      • ‘The climate is cool temperate oceanic and is characterised by its lack of extremes.’
      • ‘Scientists are also making progress with the prediction of longer-term climate fluctuations that are strongly influenced by oceanic conditions.’
      • ‘Climate is wet-temperate with a strong oceanic influence.’
      • ‘The air was humid and moist because of the oceanic breeze swelling up.’
      • ‘The wet and cool oceanic climate readily supports fast-growing Sphagnum mosses, peat-forming processes and development of peat landforms.’
      • ‘The climate in this south-western corner of Ireland is oceanic, with mild winters, cool summers and lots of rain.’
      • ‘This would have created at northern latitudes a more oceanic climate with cool moist summers.’
      • ‘The climate here is drier due to the cold oceanic upwelling of the Cabo Frio region.’
      • ‘Tasmania has one of the strangest flora in the world which flourishes in the moist, warm oceanic climate, producing a dense green temperate rainforest.’
    3. 1.3 Of enormous size or extent; huge; vast.
      ‘an oceanic failure’
  • 2Relating to Oceania.

    ‘a gallery specializing in Oceanic art’
    • ‘Max's painting has often reached into a sense of Oceanic space and brilliance, learnt also on the Pacific Coast of the US.’
    • ‘The fact that they have 35,000 set-tops out there in Oceanic was good.’
    • ‘The trio have been together for five years and have won numerous Dolphin Awards in that time for their entrancing, acoustic-driven Oceanic soul.’
    • ‘The new building will contain a special wing to house Wattis's donated collection of Oceanic art.’
    • ‘The Ministry of Culture of Oceania would also put Oceanic literature in their own schools to supplement the curriculum and reading material.’
    • ‘Numerous photographs show African and Oceanic chairs or stools in the corners of Mr. Mueller's Paris apartment and Solothurn home.’
    • ‘This exciting musical concoction of Oceanic and Celtic world music will be held this Saturday, May 15, at Durrumbal Hall in Mullumbimby from 7.30 pm.’
    • ‘Although the display included Oceanic and Native American works, the largest section was African, with 104 pieces listed in the catalogue.’
    • ‘But it wasn't until that moment that I realized Sieber was as wise in Oceanic art as he was in African.’
    • ‘Japanese also has close connections to various Oceanic (Malayo-Polynesian) languages.’
    • ‘This show examines how African and Oceanic art affected the sculpture of Jacob Epstein and Dora Gordine.’
    • ‘They played junior hockey together for the Rimouski Oceanic.’
    • ‘They will discuss a range of topics including Turkman jewellery and Australian Indigenous, Southeast Asian and Oceanic weaving.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the importance of Pre-Columbian art even to Gauguin has been obscured in favor of Oceanic and, in particular, African art.’
    • ‘A later generation of Modern artists like Picasso, Miro and Klee were inspired by the primitivism and ‘savage’ aesthetic of African and Oceanic masks.’