ocean ( oceans plural )
1 n-sing The ocean is the sea.
There were few sights as beautiful as the calm ocean on a warm night.
2 n-count; n-in-names An ocean is one of the five very large areas of sea on the Earth's surface.
They spent many days cruising the northern Pacific Ocean., ...the Indian Ocean.
3 n-count If you say that there is an ocean of something, you are emphasizing that there is a very large amount of it.
INFORMAL N of n (emphasis)
I had cried oceans of tears..., APEC seems be drowning in an ocean of jargon.
4 If you say that something is a drop in the ocean, you mean that it is a very small amount which is unimportant compared to the cost of other things or is so small that it has very little effect on something.
a drop in the ocean phrase usu v-link PHR (emphasis)
His fee is a drop in the ocean compared with the real cost of broadcasting.
Ocean-going ships are designed for travelling on the sea rather than on rivers, canals, or lakes. adj usu ADJ n
At the height of his shipping career he owned about 60 ocean-going vessels.
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