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oceanic Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun an eastern subfamily of Malayo-Polynesian languages
    Eastern Malayo-Polynesian.
  2. adjective relating to or occurring or living in or frequenting the open ocean
    • oceanic islands like Bermuda
    • oceanic currents
    • oceanic birds
    • pelagic organisms
    • pelagic whaling
  3. adjective satellite resembling the ocean in apparent limitlessness in extent or degree
    • the oceanic violence of his rage
  4. adjective satellite constituting or living in the open sea
    • oceanic waters
    • oceanic life

O`ce*an"ic adjective
Cf.F. océanique. See Ocean.
  1. Of or pertaining to the ocean; found or formed in or about, or produced by, the ocean; frequenting the ocean, especially mid-ocean.
    Petrels are the most aërial and oceanic of birds. Darwin.
  2. Of or pertaining to Oceania or its inhabitants.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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