• WordNet 3.6
    • n ocean a large body of water constituting a principal part of the hydrosphere
    • n ocean anything apparently limitless in quantity or volume
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Additional illustrations & photos:

An Ocean Policeman by Day An Ocean Policeman by Day
An Ocean Policeman by Night An Ocean Policeman by Night
A Life on the Ocean Wave 211 A Life on the Ocean Wave 211
Bear in Ocean Bear in Ocean
Great Eastern and Oceanic Great Eastern and Oceanic
Oceanic compared to size of buildings Oceanic compared to size of buildings

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only species of turtle that lives in the open ocean is the sea turtle
    • Ocean An immense expanse; any vast space or quantity without apparent limits; as, the boundless ocean of eternity; an ocean of affairs. "You're gonna need an ocean Of calamine lotion."
    • a Ocean Of or pertaining to the main or great sea; as, the ocean waves; an ocean stream.
    • Ocean One of the large bodies of water into which the great ocean is regarded as divided, as the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic and Antarctic oceans.
    • Ocean The whole body of salt water which covers more than three fifths of the surface of the globe; -- called also the sea, or great sea. "Like the odor of brine from the ocean Comes the thought of other years ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Atlantic Ocean is saltier than the Pacific Ocean
    • n ocean The body of water which envelops the earth, and covers almost three fourths of its surface with a mean depth — as nearly as can be estimated at the present time — of less than 12,500 feet. Physical geographers, following the lead of the Royal Geographical Society, generally divide the entire oceanic area into five distinct oceans, namely the Arctic, Antarctic, Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian; but these divisions are largely artificial, the lines by which they are indicated being in no small part parallels and meridians. The Arctic and Antarctic oceans, according to this scheme, extend from the north and south poles respectively to the arctic and antarctic circles. The Atlantic extends between the two polar circles, being limited on the east by the land-masses of Europe and Africa and by the meridian extending from Cape Agulhas to the antarctic circle, and on the west by the American land-mass and the meridian of Cape Horn. The Pacific has as its land-limits on the cast the American coast, and on the west the Asiatic land-mass, the Philippine Islands, New Guinea, and Australia; its imaginary limits are the meridians of Cape Horn and the South Cape of Tasmania prolonged to meet the antarctic circle. The Indian ocean extends south from the Asiatic mainland to the antarctic circle, its eastern and western imaginary limits having been already given in defining those of the Pacific and Atlantic. Thus, as will be noticed, there are no natural limits on the south of either the Atlantic, the Pacific, or the Indian ocean, since these all unite with the Antarctic ocean to form one continuous area of water. Hence it would be more philosophical to call the vast area of water occupying the chief part of the southern hemisphere the Southern ocean, as has been done by Herschel and Thomson, and to consider the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans as immense gulfs or prolongations toward the north of the still greater Southern ocean. The Pacific ocean was most generally designated by the older English navigators as the “South Sea,” and this name is still current among the Germans. The Atlantic and Pacific are also generally divided into North and South Atlantic and North and South Pacific by the equatorial line. The smaller divisions of the ocean are, in the order of their respective magnitudes, seas, gulfs, bays, sounds, straits, coves, holes, and harbors (see each of these words). The mean depth of the ocean is probably not far from six times the mean elevation of the land above the ocean-level. The deepest soundings of the ocean, however, give figures a little inferior in amount to those indicating the elevation of the very highest mountain-summits. In several different parts of the ocean depths of over 26,000 feet have been sounded, but nowhere as yet has a depth as great as 29,000 feet (the height of Gaurisankar) been reached. (See deep-sea sounding-machine, under deepsea.) The oceanic currents are of great importance in their effect on climate. The principal surface current is the equatorial, due to the action of the trade winds, by which the water is continually nrged westward, but, being driven in its westerly course against the land-masses, it is deflected by them, and forced to perform an immense gyration by which it returns into the general system far to the eastward. Owing to the shape of the land-masses in the northern hemisphere, these modifications of the equatorial current are much more distinct and important than they are to the south of the equator. Two of the oceanic currents are especially interesting, the Gulf Stream of the Atlantic and the Kuroshiwo of the Pacific (see these terms). The surface temperature of the ocean varies greatly in the different latitudes and with the strength and direction of the surface currents, the Gulf Stream playing a most important part in ameliorating the climate of northwestern Europe by means of the heated surface water which it carries from the equatorial regions. Besides these surface currents, however, there is a general exchange of water always going on in the depths of the ocean between the warmer equatorial and the colder polar waters, brought about by the difference in specific gravity of the two. As the result of this, it is found that the temperature of the ocean as a rule diminishes as greater depths are attained, and that the deeper parts, where open to the general circulation, are near the freezing-point. A remarkable feature of the ocean-water is the uniformity in the nature and quality of the salts which it contains, provided the specimen has been taken at considerable distance from land. The weight of the salts held in solution by the main ocean is about 3½ per cent. of the whole; of this about three quarters is common salt, one tenth chlorid of magnesium, one twentieth sulphate of magnesia, about the same sulphate of lime, one twenty-fifth chlorid of potassium, and a little over one per cent. bromide of sodium. Other substances are also present in smaller quantity, making in all about twenty-nine elements which have been detected in the ocean-water; many of these, however, exist only in very minute traces. The economical value of the ocean as a source of supply for common salt is considerable; but the quantity thus obtained is not so great as that furnished by mines of rock-salt or by the evaporation of brine got by boring. See salt.
    • n ocean Something likened to the ocean; also, a great quantity: as, an ocean of trouble.
    • ocean Of or pertaining to the main or great sea.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The ocean sunfish can produce thirty million eggs at once
    • n Ocean ō′shan 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 Ocean pertaining to the great sea
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  • Andre Gide
    “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
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    “No one would ever have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in a storm.”
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    “We all know that sponges grow in the ocean but I wander how much deeper the ocean would be if that wasn't the case.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “Towns oftener swamp one than carry one out onto the big ocean of life.”
  • Blaise Pascal
    “The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.”
  • George De Benneville
    George De Benneville
    “Honor the ocean of love.”


Drop in the ocean - A drop in the ocean implies that something will have little effect because it is small and mostly insignificant.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. océan, L. oceanus, Gr. 'wkeano`s ocean, in Homer, the great river supposed to encompass the earth


In literature:

And out by the great oceans where the Hurons have encamped there are copper and silver.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
And by the swelling ocean.
"Mystics and Saints of Islam" by Claud Field
Little White Fox was running all over the ice that covered the ocean.
"Little White Fox and his Arctic Friends" by Roy J. Snell
The lofty height of Table Mountain sank lower and lower in the blue ocean as the "Ranger" stood towards the south.
"The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader" by W.H.G. Kingston
It reared its head up from its serpent coils as Thor's bait came down through the depths of the ocean.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
From the French Map of the Eastern Ocean, pub.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Ocean steamships have gradually evolved into two types.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
By day there is a wide stretch of ocean far below.
"Wappin' Wharf" by Charles S. Brooks
In a few seconds the wind was howling and shrieking, and the whole ocean was covered with foam.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
The fog seems to be lifting, or drifting off to some other part of the ocean.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

I have since written what no tide
Shall ever wash away, what men
Unborn shall read o'er ocean wide
And find Ianthe's name again.
"Well I Remember How You Smiled" by Walter Savage Landor
Thou wert once the gentlest wave
Ocean ever bore;
Thou art now the fairest wave
On the fairest shore --
Ever -- ever -- evermore!
"Fragments From An Epic Poem" by Abram Joseph Ryan
In all we do, and hear, and see,
Is restless Toil and Vanity.
While yet the rolling earth abides,
Men come and go like ocean tides;
"Vanitas Vanitatum, Omnia Vanitas" by Anne Bronte
"And then?"—"Oh, rock and mountain and vale,
Ocean and shores and men,
Over and over, a weary tale,
And round to your home again!"
"Tell Me" by George MacDonald
But down within the silence of his soul
A surging ocean swept;
Yet none could see the current onward roll,
The tides that never slept.
"The Depth of Love" by Charles Hanson Towne
Yet whenever I cross the river
On its bridge with wooden piers,
Like the odor of brine from the ocean
Comes the thought of other years.
"The Bridge" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Crowley Maritime Corporation christen 'Ocean Wave' & 'Ocean Wind' built at Bollinger Shipyards, based in Amelia, La USA.
Thousands will gather in Tuckerton this weekend with the Ocean County Parks Dept & Tuckerton Seaport for The 30th Annual Ocean County Decoy and Gunning Show.
Recent christening at Ocean Industries Shipyard of the largest dredge ever built in Eastern Canada, the 'Ocean Traverse Nord'.
Ocean County Freeholder John Kelly (Ocean County Freeholders ).
View full size Ocean County Prosecutor's Office Tierra Morgan, right, a 2-year-old girl from Lakehurst in Ocean County, was last seen with her father, Arthur Morgan III, left, authorities said.
Kahiki, Ocean to Ocean form partnership.
OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Marlin Club is hoping to take the lead in t READ.
OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department's boy READ.
OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Development Corporation (OCDC) has b READ.
New study finds that the temperatures of North Atlantic Ocean water flowing north into the Arctic Ocean are likely related to global warming.
If the trial is successful, the FAA might use the ADS -B in-trail program as an enhancement to the standard Ocean 21 software Oakland Center currently uses in oceanic airspace.
The federal agency in charge of protecting the nation's oceans announced Thursday it is ramping up efforts to expand new rules aimed at lessening the cutthroat competition among fishers that has threatened dozens of ocean species.
OCEAN CITY- The 19th Annual Ocean City Lacrosse Classic, held at sever READ.
OCEAN CITY- The 25th Annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament returns next we READ.
OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Marlin Club's 30th Annual Canyon Kick READ.

In science:

Yuen, in Nonlinear Topics in Ocean Physics ed. A. R.
Freak Waves in Random Oceanic Sea States
Osborne, inTopics in Ocean Physics, Proceedings of the Int.
Freak Waves in Random Oceanic Sea States
Although this state may be relevant in some particular oceanic problems (Fofonoff flows), this is not expected to be general.
Generalized thermodynamics and Fokker-Planck equations. Applications to stellar dynamics, two-dimensional turbulence and Jupiter's great red spot
Taylor expression of the turbulent viscosity and it proved to be relevant in oceanic modelling .
Generalized thermodynamics and Fokker-Planck equations. Applications to stellar dynamics, two-dimensional turbulence and Jupiter's great red spot
For λ → 0 (gaussian approximation), we recover the first moment equation of the parametrization used by Kazantsev et al. in a barotropic ocean model.
Generalized thermodynamics and Fokker-Planck equations. Applications to stellar dynamics, two-dimensional turbulence and Jupiter's great red spot