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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Barrier reefs and atolls are very like each other in general form and zonation.
▪ Even certain elevated atolls seem to have such a thickness of limestone as to indicate subsidence before present uplift.
▪ In 1995 he sailed into the Moruroa test zone and hid on the atoll to frustrate the underground tests.
▪ In between is a minefield of smaller idyllic coconut and white sand atolls.
▪ It is incontrovertible that there has been long-continued subsidence on many oceanic atolls.
▪ This is only well developed on the seaward side of the windward reef of atolls.
▪ We continued along the north coast of West Spitsbergen, with a detour to the little atoll of Moffen Island.
▪ When the island had sunk beneath the waves the former fringe would be left as an atoll.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Atoll \A*toll"\, n. [The native name in the Indian Ocean.] A coral island or islands, consisting of a belt of coral reef, partly submerged, surrounding a central lagoon or depression; a lagoon island.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1620s, atollon, from Malayam atolu "reef," probably from adal "closing, uniting." Popularized in present form by Darwin's writings.


n. A type of island consisting of a ribbon reef that nearly or entirely surrounds a lagoon and supports, in most cases, one to many islets on the reef platform. Atolls have a unique geology, so not all islands with a reef and a lagoon are atolls.


n. an island consisting of a circular coral reef surrounding a lagoon

ATOLL (programming language)

Acceptance, Test Or Launch Language (ATOLL) was the programming language used for automating the checking and launch of Saturn rockets.

Atoll (disambiguation)

An atoll is a type of island.

Atoll or ATOLL may also refer to:

  • Atolls of the Maldives, in the Indian Ocean
  • Atoll (band), a French progressive rock band
  • atoll (programming), a function in C programming language
  • ATOLL programming language, used for automating the checking and launch of Saturn rockets
  • Antarctic Technology Offshore Lagoon Laboratory, a floating oceanographic laboratory
  • Vympel K-13 (NATO reporting name), a Soviet and Russian air-to-air missile
Atoll (band)

Atoll is a French progressive rock band.

Usage examples of "atoll".

These relics included an enclosure of coral blocks marking the outlines of a rectangular building which, Emory and Finney considered, showed similarities to some Tongan structures, and basalt adzes which must have come from a high volcanic island, since basalt does not occur naturally on low atolls.

No adzes made of the local tridacna shell, such as were used on most inhabited atolls, were found on Fanning.

One chart, a French one, drawn twenty years ago, had optimistically designated the atoll as Oeuf a la Coque, which, unromantically, meant Boiled Egg.

Since Khan had taken possession of Muroroa, that particular atoll had become more deadly still, guarded day and night by a squadron of his finest Exon warriors.

During the eight weeks I spent with him on Oolong Atoll, I never saw him draw a sober breath.

In the reaches of Bikini Atoll, hundreds of miles away, first one explosion, then another, started in motion an intricate patter of radioactivated waters.

Army Air Corps bombers from the atoll claimed to be pounding it and sinking battleships, cruisers, and whatnot in high-level attacks.

On the crescent-moon-shaped Oma atoll, Glassman had found two villes on opposite points of the landmass at war with each other.

African hellholes like Equatorial Guinea, flyspecks on the world map like Sao Tome and Principe, the Comoros and the coral atoll Vanuatu.

After what Vandranasis had said, Yale was not surprised to find jewfish in the lagoon, although they generally stayed on the outer side of the atoll.

The only major development was the exploitation of the phosphate deposits of Makatea, an atoll north of Tahiti in the Tuamotu group.

Looking back through my diary, as I begin this account of the strange means by which the prosperity of the company which I now serve was founded, I find it difficult to realise that there was a time when I had never been to the Maldives, had scarcely ever heard of Addu Atoll.

As you know, the Maldivian Government had the question of Addu Atoll raised in the United Nations.

Yet neither on these shell-and-string charts, nor in a map of the Marshalls which Kotzebue made from the information given him by Marshallese voyagers, was there any sign of Ujelang, Eniwetok and Taongi, three detached atolls of the group.

Yap and the atolls of Ulithi and Ngulu to be certain that no support of any kind could come from them to the garrison at Palau, They hit Yap first, early on the afternoon of September 6, with thirty-five Hellcats carrying rockets, fragmentation clusters and plenty of .