Definition of marine in US English:

marine

adjective

  • 1Of, found in, or produced by the sea.

    ‘marine plants’
    ‘marine biology’
    • ‘It also damages plants and animals, including the plankton that sustains the marine food chain.’
    • ‘Beyond the increase in activity of the human kind, the dream of Scylla turning into an underwater haven for marine life looks to be turning to fruition.’
    • ‘Sea turtles are marine reptile living in salt water but have lungs and they come to the surface to breathe air.’
    • ‘Tom's marine biology degree shows in his concern for the environment.’
    • ‘Instead, they use sea minerals extracted from marine plants to reduce dimpling and improve skin tone.’
    • ‘Plants also feed the marine life and animals the carnivores among us eat.’
    • ‘Perhaps, appropriately, his Swedish girlfriend, Boel, is a marine biologist.’
    • ‘In fact, haddock look positively ferocious compared to these innocuous marine travelers.’
    • ‘Marine biologists have reported a growing number of exotic fish and marine creatures in British waters.’
    • ‘Rock lobster, crab and oysters add to the spread of commercial marine species.’
    • ‘Sirenians are vegetarians, feeding on a variety of marine algae and higher plants.’
    • ‘The coursework for my degree in marine biology taught me that we know very little about the sea, especially the life in it.’
    • ‘This is a centre of marine science excellence in the world, here in Townsville.’
    • ‘That included studying marine biology at university and even becoming an actor for a few years, which established his love of the theatre.’
    • ‘Forests are still being cut down, marine life is being destroyed.’
    • ‘They have an important role in maintaining a balance of marine life on the reef but they do not build structures.’
    • ‘Whale Study Week includes boat trips as well as classes in whale biology and general marine ecology.’
    • ‘After a period of teaching, he arrived in Wales in 1959 to study marine biology and bio-chemistry.’
    • ‘He determined the way oil blocks out light has a more harmful effect on marine plants than ingestion of the oil itself.’
    • ‘His painting of sea and marine organisms had distinct colour patterns and perfect symmetry.’
    saltwater, seawater, sea, oceanic, aquatic
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    1. 1.1 Relating to shipping or naval matters.
      ‘marine insurance’
      • ‘No one was injured and there just happened to be a qualified marine repairman on the dock when we put the boat into its slip.’
      • ‘What the marine trades must develop, along with the schools, is an apprenticeship program.’
      • ‘It is important to note that most marine companies are dedicated to building safe and reliable products.’
      • ‘The data should prove to be a gold mine to boating groups, government agencies and the marine industry.’
      • ‘The same procedure is used when placing calls via the marine operator to shoreside telephones.’
      • ‘Other applications have included beacons for emergency services vehicles and marine navigation lights.’
      • ‘If we have to upgrade some of our technology to allow text messaging on marine radio, then let's make it so.’
      • ‘In the case of a marine engineer, the highest post is that of a Chief Engineer.’
      • ‘She plays Silly, a Nova Scotian seasprite of girl who is the subject of a marine tragedy of, er, Titanic proportions.’
      • ‘Should we hire a marine surveyor to inspect the boat once it's returned to us?’
      • ‘So, who is this marine surveyor, this person upon whom you are placing your trust?’
      • ‘Marina Hemingway was established there but the campaign to promote marine tourism had just begun.’
      • ‘He was proud of his service as a marine engineer who became a farmer, then a businessman and above all, a great servant of the people of this area.’
      • ‘He was a marine engineer, a world traveler, and it was from him that I acquired some of my wanderlust.’
      • ‘Thirty years ago, the marine industry said boat recall laws would break its back.’
      • ‘Every year, roughly eight hundred Americans lose their lives in marine accidents.’
      • ‘He left school at 16 with no qualifications and began his career as a marine engineer, at one time working on the Isle of Wight.’
      • ‘We do expect to see representatives of marine equipment and services start to show more interest in this area very soon.’
      • ‘As almost everyone knows, Trinidad is the place to have marine parts shipped in.’
      • ‘Fortunately, the vast majority of marine assistance cases involve towing, not salvage.’
      maritime, nautical, naval, seafaring, seagoing, ocean-going
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    2. 1.2 (of artists or painting) depicting scenes at sea.
      ‘marine painters’
      • ‘The role of seapower in the revolt and after generated the marine painting of van de Velde the Younger and others.’
      • ‘Close to his home was a little shop owned by a marine painter, Mr. Eugene Boudin.’
      • ‘But today he is known as one of the finest living marine artists in the world.’
      • ‘Born in Antwerp and trained as a marine artist, he excelled in portraying the busy life of ports.’
      • ‘With Turner, however, his marine paintings - a third of his output - are the key to his entire oeuvre.’
      • ‘He served as a naval officer in the First World War and by 1945 was the best-known marine artist in Britain.’
      • ‘As in most genres of art, the nautical or marine artist is a risk taker.’
      • ‘The market leaders in marine painting had moved to London.’

noun

  • A member of a body of troops trained to serve on land or at sea, in particular a member of the US Marine Corps.

    • ‘Within a week, the marines will have arrived at the bustling military hub.’
    • ‘Yet protesters at Shannon witnessed hundreds of marines in Desert camouflage gear.’
    • ‘Could they have been reacting like that to news of a strategic redeployment of US marines?’
    • ‘Seven other marines from 3 Commando Brigade and four American soldiers also died.’
    • ‘Members of the marines have not always been appreciated by the sailors who served alongside them.’
    • ‘The army and the marines have witnessed a similar rise in the number of applicants.’
    • ‘It was one of the first objectives of American and British marines when they moved into Southern Iraq.’
    • ‘American marines landed in Beirut to ensure the survival of the Lebanon.’
    • ‘By contrast, the marines spent three months patrolling Afghanistan without locating the enemy.’
    • ‘With a range of five kilometres, marines can set them up behind advancing troops, clearing the way ahead.’
    • ‘The marines ' assault echelon had three hours to offload before tidefall threatened to beach their ships.’
    • ‘The marines had been hastily deployed to evacuate British nationals from the anarchy.’
    • ‘He was alone but managed to look more dangerous than a troop of marines ready to kill.’
    • ‘Iraqi forces ambushed marines when they crossed the Euphrates river near Nassiriya.’
    • ‘The army could see this coming with what the marines have been doing for the last few decades.’
    • ‘I went to live with my aunt's dad, who was a drill sergeant in the marines, and he tried to turn me into a soldier.’
    • ‘Men who are recently out of the army or marines are favored to play hostile gunmen.’
    • ‘The marines were the first combat troops ashore in Vietnam, the first to die in that confusing war.’
    • ‘At certain junctures, you're given marines under your command to carry out your mission.’
    • ‘American marines defeated Iraqi forces in a battle on the outskirts of Basra.’

Phrases

  • tell that to the marines

    • A scornful expression of disbelief.

Origin

Middle English (as a noun in the sense ‘seashore’): from Old French marin, marine, from Latin marinus, from mare ‘sea’.

Pronunciation

marine

/məˈrēn//məˈrin/