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ocean

  

      n  
1    a very large stretch of sea, esp. one of the five oceans of the world, the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, and Antarctic  
2    the body of salt water covering approximately 70 per cent of the earth's surface  
3    a huge quantity or expanse  
an ocean of replies     
4    Literary   the sea  
     (C13: via Old French from Latin oceanus, from Greek okeanos Oceanus)  


Antarctic Ocean  
      n   the sea surrounding Antarctica, consisting of the most southerly parts of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans,   (Also called)    Southern Ocean  
Arctic Ocean  
      n   the ocean surrounding the North Pole, north of the Arctic Circle. Area: about 14100000 sq. km (5440000 sq. miles)  
Atlantic Ocean  
      n   the world's second largest ocean, bounded in the north by the Arctic, in the south by the Antarctic, in the west by North and South America, and in the east by Europe and Africa. Greatest depth: 9220 m (30246 ft.). Area: about 81585000 sq. km (31500000 sq. miles)  
British Indian Ocean Territory  
      n   a UK Overseas Territory in the Indian Ocean: consists of the Chagos Archipelago (formerly a dependency of Mauritius) and formerly included (until 1976) Aldabra, Farquhar, and Des Roches, now administratively part of the Seychelles. Diego Garcia is an important naval base  
German Ocean  
      n      a former name for the       North Sea  
Indian Ocean  
      n   an ocean bordered by Africa in the west, Asia in the north, and Australia in the east and merging with the Antarctic Ocean in the south. Average depth: 3900 m (13000 ft.). Greatest depth (off the Sunda Islands): 7450 m (24442 ft.). Area: about 73556000 sq. km (28400000 sq. miles)  
ocean floor spreading  
      n      another term for       seafloor spreading  
ocean-going  
      adj   (of a ship, boat, etc.) suited for travel on the open ocean  
ocean greyhound  
      n   a fast ship, esp. a liner  
Ocean of Storms  
      n   the largest of the dark plains (maria) on the surface of the moon, situated in the second and third quadrant,   (Also called)    Oceanus Procellarum  
Pacific Ocean  
      n   the world's largest and deepest ocean, lying between Asia and Australia and North and South America: almost landlocked in the north, linked with the Arctic Ocean only by the Bering Strait, and extending to Antarctica in the south; has exceptionally deep trenches, and a large number of volcanic and coral islands. Area: about 165760000 sq. km (64000000 sq. miles). Average depth: 4215 m (14050 ft.). Greatest depth: Challenger Deep (in the Marianas Trench), 11033 m (37073 ft.). Greatest width: (between Panama and Mindanao, Philippines) 17066 km (10600 miles)  
Southern Ocean  
      n      another name for the       Antarctic Ocean  
Western Ocean  
      n      (formerly) another name for the       Atlantic Ocean  
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n.
abbr. The Persian Gulf (PG) is located in Western Asia between Iran (Persia) and the Arabian Peninsula. It is an extension of the Indian Ocean. Historically and internationally known as the Persian Gulf. The name Gulf of Iran (Persian Gulf) is used by the International Hydrographic Organization.
The Persian Gulf has many good fishing grounds, extensive coral reefs, and abundant pearl oysters.
n.
renewable energy obtainable on coasts based on the sea or ocean low and high tides
n.
Persian Gulf is located in Western Asia between Iran (Persia) and the Arabian Peninsula. It is an extension of the Indian Ocean. Historically and internationally known as the Persian Gulf. The name Gulf of Iran (Persian Gulf) is used by the International Hydrographic Organization.
The Persian Gulf has many good fishing grounds, extensive coral reefs, and abundant pearl oysters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persian_Gulf

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