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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ We will then consider the state of Kucha, the largest of the oasis towns on the northern route.
▪ One other oasis town is currently under excavation.
▪ Masongill is a peaceful oasis undisturbed by tourists.
▪ The little resort is an oasis of calm on the lively island of Majorca.
▪ The restaurant is a little oasis in the middle of downtown Los Angeles.
▪ A former ballroom is the charming setting for their Studio - an oasis of style and inspiration.
▪ He talked about the day, the road, the heat, the liquefied cheese, the children at the oasis.
▪ Laxford Bridge is a welcome uninhabited oasis amongst shaggy surroundings.
▪ Some people who manage to write their way out of the working class describe the classroom as an oasis of possibility.
▪ The one-acre garden at Fenton is a surprisingly large oasis of peace, bounded by high walls.
▪ The thought of the hotel seemed like the mirage of an oasis, something always just out of reach.
▪ The trio seemed like an oasis of sanity in a desert of decibels, and their severe music was warmly received.
▪ Whether such a process can operate on a large enough scale to produce major oasis depressions is more doubtful.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Oasis \O"as*is\ ([=o]"[.a]*s[i^]s or [-o]*[=a]"s[i^]s; 277), n.; pl. Oases (-s[=e]z). [L., fr. Gr. 'o`asis; cf. Copt. ouahe.] A fertile or green spot in a waste or desert, esp. in a sandy desert, where the water table approaches the surface. [WordNet sense 1] ``The Arab does not love the desert; the Arab loves the oasis and green fields.''

2. Hence: (fig.) Any refuge from a prevailing stressful, unpleasant, or annoying situation. [WordNet sense 2 & 3]

Syn: haven.

My one oasis in the dust and drouth Of city life.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1610s, from French oasis (18c.) and directly from Late Latin oasis, from Greek oasis, probably from Hamitic (compare Coptic wahe, ouahe "oasis," properly "dwelling place," from ouih "dwell"). The same Egyptian source produced Arabic wahah.


n. A spring of fresh water, surrounded by a fertile region of vegetation, in a desert.

  1. n. a fertile tract in a desert (where the water table approaches the surface)

  2. a shelter serving as a place of safety or sanctuary [syn: haven]

  3. [also: oases (pl)]


In geography, an oasis (plural: oases) is an isolated area of vegetation in a desert, typically surrounding a spring or similar water source, such as a pond or small lake. Oases also provide habitat for animals and even humans if the area is big enough. The location of oases has been of critical importance for trade and transportation routes in desert areas; caravans must travel via oases so that supplies of water and food can be replenished. Thus, political or military control of an oasis has in many cases meant control of trade on a particular route. For example, the oases of Awjila, Ghadames, and Kufra, situated in modern-day Libya, have at various times been vital to both North-South and East-West trade in the Sahara Desert.

Oases are formed from underground rivers or aquifers such as an artesian aquifer, where water can reach the surface naturally by pressure or by man-made wells. Occasional brief thunderstorms provide subterranean water to sustain natural oases, such as the Tuat. Substrata of impermeable rock and stone can trap water and retain it in pockets, or on long faulting subsurface ridges or volcanic dikes water can collect and percolate to the surface. Any incidence of water is then used by migrating birds, which also pass seeds with their droppings which will grow at the water's edge forming an oasis.

OASIS (organization)

The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) is a global nonprofit consortium that works on the development, convergence, and adoption of standards for security, Internet of Things, energy, content technologies, emergency management, and other areas.

Oasis (disambiguation)

An Oasis is an isolated area of vegetation in a desert.

Oasis or The Oasis may also refer to:

Oasis (Star Trek: Enterprise)

__NOTOC__ "Oasis" is the Twentieth episode (production #120) of the television seriesStar Trek: Enterprise. It guest stars Rene Auberjonois, who previously starred as Odo in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

The crew is directed to a barren planet, where a derelict ship may be salvageable for supplies. However, the crew quickly learns that rumours about the shipwreck being haunted may be true.

Oasis (Do As Infinity song)

"Oasis" is Do As Infinity's third single, released in 2000.

This song was included in the band's compilation albums Do the Best and Do the A-side.

Oasis (anthology)

Oasis was a literary anthology published in Cairo during World War II. It was edited by Denis Saunders, David Burk, and Victor Selwyn. The introduction was written by General Henry Maitland Wilson, who was at this time Commander-in-Chief of the Middle East.

The Palestine Post (as the Jerusalem Post was then known) reviewed the collection: "The poems were written by men under the stress of war in the desert, in the air and on the sea, under the impact of countries and people strangely new to them."

Oasis (Gackt song)

"Oasis" is a single released by Gackt on February 16, 2000. It peaked at seventh place on the Oricon weekly chart and charted for six weeks. It is Gackt's seventh best selling single, with 126,280 copies sold. The song "Oasis" was used as the ending theme for the New Fist of the North Star OVA in 2003, and released along "Lu:na" as a single "Lu:na/Oasis".

Oasis (band)

Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs (guitar), Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan (bass guitar), and Tony McCarroll (drums, percussion). They were later joined by Liam's older brother Noel Gallagher (lead guitar and vocals) as a fifth member, becoming the band's settled line-up until April 1995.

Oasis signed to independent record label Creation Records in 1993 and released their record-setting debut album Definitely Maybe (1994). The following year the band recorded (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (1995) with their new drummer Alan White, formerly of Starclub, in the midst of a chart rivalry with Britpop peers Blur. Along with Suede, Pulp and the aforementioned Blur, Oasis came to be regarded as a component of the Britpop "big four", and the Gallagher brothers were featured regularly in tabloid newspapers for their sibling disputes and wild lifestyles. In 1997 Oasis released their third album, Be Here Now (1997), and although it became the fastest-selling album in UK chart history, the album's popularity tapered off quickly, not before selling 8 million copies. McGuigan and Arthurs left Oasis in 1999 as the band went on to record and release Standing on the Shoulder of Giants (2000). After their departures, they were replaced by former Heavy Stereo guitarist/frontman Gem Archer and former Hurricane No. 1 guitarist/frontman Andy Bell who joined the group for the tour in support of Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, which had moderate success. Their fifth studio album Heathen Chemistry (2002) saw Noel Gallagher's releasing strict creative control in the band's output with all members contributing songs, which led to more relaxed recording sessions. In 2004 the band were joined by The Who's drummer Zak Starkey, replacing Alan White, and found renewed success and popularity with Don't Believe the Truth (2005).

Following the recording of the band's seventh album Dig Out Your Soul (2008), Starkey left and was replaced by Chris Sharrock on Oasis' last tour as a collective band. During the tour the brothers' increasingly deteriorating relationship ultimately led to Noel Gallagher announcing in August 2009 that he would be leaving the band after a backstage altercation with Liam before a festival appearance. The band, comprising the remaining members of Oasis and led by Liam Gallagher, decided to continue working together under the name Beady Eye until breaking up in 2014, while Noel went on to form his solo project Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

Oasis have had eight UK number-one singles and eight UK number-one albums, and won fifteen NME Awards, nine Q Awards, four MTV Europe Music Awards and six Brit Awards, including one in 2007 for Outstanding Contribution to Music and one for the Best Album of the Last 30 Years as voted by BBC Radio 2 listeners; they have been nominated for three Grammy Awards. By 2009, the band had sold over 70 million records worldwide. The band were listed in the Guinness World Records book in 2010 for "Longest Top 10 UK Chart Run by a Group" after an unprecedented run of 22 top 10 hits in the UK. The band also holds the Guinness World Record for being the most successful act in the UK between the years 1995 and 2005, spending 765 weeks in the Top 75 singles and albums charts.

Oasis (video game)

Oasis is a turn-based strategy video game developed by Mind Control Software and published for Microsoft Windows by PlayFirst in April 2005. Konami released a mobile phone port in 2006 and Electrified Games released an iPad version, renamed as Defense of the Oasis, in 2010. Oasis is casual game set in ancient Egypt that combines Civilization-style strategy and puzzle gameplay. Oasis "has been described as Civilization meets Minesweeper".

Oasis (TV series)

Oasis was a short lived CITV drama series which was about a group of children who ran an inner city farm. It's best known for featuring John Simm and Dean Gaffney. It was set in a wasteland site in south London.

The drama series ran from 5 January to 9 March 1993 for 10 episodes, made by Zenith North, the team behind Byker Grove for Carlton; their first children's drama series for the ITV network.

Oasis (Roberta Flack album)

Oasis is Roberta Flack's first solo album of newly recorded songs since 1982's I'm the One. It was released in 1988 and features the number-one U.S. singles, "Oasis" (R&B), and "Uh-uh Ooh-ooh Look Out (Here It Comes)" (Dance/Club Play).

Oasis (1955 film)

Oasis / Oase is a 1955 French/German adventure film directed by Yves Allégret. It was based on the novel The Commander by John Knittel. The screenplay was written by Joseph Kessel, Ben Barzman and Georges Kessel. The film stars Michèle Morgan, Cornell Borchers, Carl Raddatz and Pierre Brasseur.

It tells the story of two female smugglers and an inexperienced gold smuggler.

Oasis (Roberta Flack song)

"Oasis" is a 1988 single written by Marcus Miller and Mark Stephens and recorded by Roberta Flack. The single is the title track off her 1988 album of the same name, and was her first single to chart on the Hot Black Singles chart in four years. "Oasis" went to number one on the Hot Black Singles chart for one week. The single was the first time in ten years that Roberta Flack made the top spot. "Oasis" did not chart on the Hot 100.

Oasis (2002 film)

Oasis is a 2002 South Korean film directed by Lee Chang-dong. This is Lee's third feature film, and the last one he directed before his stint as South Korea's Minister of Culture. The film's plot tells about the difficult romance between a mildly mentally disabled man who has just been released from jail after a two and a half year sentence for involuntary manslaughter and a woman with severe cerebral palsy. Starring in these roles are the couple from Lee Chang-dong's previous film Peppermint Candy; Sol Kyung-gu and Moon So-ri. The movie also shows how the two main characters are treated by their families and perceived by the people around them.

The film was a critical success, earning prizes in numerous film festivals. Among the most important were the special director's prize given to Lee Chang-dong at the 2002 Venice Film Festival and the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Emerging Actor or Actress given to Moon So-ri at the same event.

Oasis (software)

Oasis is the name of a piece of software developed by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that converts audio signals such as cellphone calls and television and radio broadcasts into readable and searchable text. It is designed to intelligently analyze an audio signal such as a cellphone call in order to identify and label each speaker (Male 1, Male 2, Female 1, and so forth). Oasis is also able to intelligently reference terms, such as by linking " car bomb" with " terrorism". Oasis will eventually be able to recognize key languages such as Arabic and Chinese, as well as English.

Oasis (1980s band)

Oasis was an English music group which formed in 1984. The group consisted of Peter Skellern, Julian Lloyd Webber, Mitch Dalton, Bill Lovelady and Mary Hopkin.

Their debut and only album, Oasis, was released on the WEA label along with two singles. The album reached No. 23 on the UK Albums Chart after first charting in April 1984 and remained in charts for 15 weeks.

A tour of the United Kingdom was planned for September 1984 and a new cellist, Audrey Riley, was brought in to replace Lloyd-Webber whose solo commitments forced him to leave. The tour, however, was brought to an abrupt end because Hopkin became ill and the group disbanded shortly afterwards.

Oasis (drink)

Oasis is a non-carbonated bottled soft drink, a product of Orangina Schweppes. In the UK it is manufactured by the Coca-Cola Enterprises in conjunction with Coca-Cola Company subsidiary Atlantic Industries and in the Republic of Ireland it is distributed by Coca-Cola HBC Ireland. It originated in France by Volvic in 1966 and initially distributed under the name 'Pulse', until flagging sales led to a rebrand and its current name 'Oasis' being introduced. The drink is described as a "fruit juice drink - with sugar and sweeteners".

Advertising campaigns for Oasis target adults and promote the drink as an alternative to water. The drink was promoted in a TV advertising campaign in Britain with the well-known entertainer and actor Mike Reid, who at the time was at the height of his fame as Frank Butcher in EastEnders. One phrase has been "Open, pour. Be yourself once more.".

More recently, Oasis' advertising campaign "Run Cactus Kid Run" features a human-cactus hybrid known as Cactus Boy, as he goes on the run with his lover, a young girl from Kansas, Cactus Girl, who is pregnant with his strange cactus baby. These advertisements are loosely based on the film Badlands, using the same music.

Another campaign depicted Rubberduckzilla, a giant rubber duck who invades a Japanese city, destroying anything with water in its sight.

A new campaign in 2011 featured a bottle of Oasis and a Scotch egg.

In 2012, Oasis launched its new slogan, "Be Fruit".

On May 2013, Oasis will be imported to stores and supermarkets around the Ivory Coast.

By the end of 2013, Oasis will be imported to stores and supermarkets around Madagascar.

In April 2014, it was announced on many news reporter websites that Coca Cola UK will be entering the 'on the go' squash market with their new Oasis Mighty Drops. These became available in mid-may with the flavours Mixed Berry, Mango and Raspberry Lemonade.

Oasis (O.C. & A.G. album)

Oasis is the first collaboration album by New York rappers O.C. and A.G., both members of the D.I.T.C. crew. The album was released on November 24, 2009, through a joint venture between Nature Sounds and D.I.T.C. Records, after several pushbacks dating as far back as the spring of 2008. The album was first premiered in its entirety on the duo's Myspace a week before the official release.

Oasis (Akinori Nakagawa album)

Oasis is the third studio album from Akinori Nakagawa.

Oasis (Casablanca)

Oasis is a quartier of Casablanca, Morocco.

Category:Neighbourhoods of Casablanca

Oasis (Shirley Scott album)

Oasis is an album by organist Shirley Scott recorded in 1989 and released on the Muse label.

Oasis (Oasis album)

Oasis is a studio album by 1980s group Oasis (not the 1990s rock band of the same name).

The album was recorded at Solid Bond Studios and Trident II Studios in London.

It was mixed at Trident II Studios.

Oasis (spa)

Oasis Day Spa is a New York City Day Spa founded in 1998 that provides services such as waxing, massage therapy, Swedish massage, facials, and prenatal massage. The company also has an offsite massage and pop-up massage program that services the New York metropolitan area and most major US cities. Oasis retails products on their website, including brands such as Dermologica, Cosmedix, Maximus Clark and Perfect Pearl.

Oasis (American band)

Oasis was an American rock band from Marin County, California, active in the 1970s.

Their sound has been described as psychedelic folk rock, progressive folk and psychedelic pop, characterized by male/female harmonies. With the encouragement of David Crosby, they were signed personally by Ahmet Ertegun, managed by David Geffen and Elliot Roberts, and recorded their first album produced by Stephen Barncard in the space of one month. The album was shelved two months later due to management malfunction and was never released.

Later two member of the band formed a spinoff electric band and recorded one album, Oasis, again produced by Barncard, released on the Cranbus label in 1973.

OASIS (center)

OASIS is a national educational organization that offers programs and classes to adults age 50 and older. OASIS offers programs in the arts, humanities, health, technology and volunteer service. The OASIS Institute in St. Louis is the national headquarters. The organization offers programs in 27 U.S. cities through OASIS education centers and community partners.

Created in 1982 by Marylen Mann and a group of volunteers and educators, the organization was originally funded for two years by the U.S. Administration on Aging. The original four centers were in St. Louis, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and Cleveland. The May Department Stores Company provided space for OASIS classes in its stores. Marcia Kerz is the current president of the organization.

OASIS is sponsored by Macy's Foundation, BJC HealthCare and the AT&T Foundation.

Oasis (Eric Marienthal album)

Oasis is an album by American saxophonistist Eric Marienthal released in 1991, and recorded for the GRP label. AllMusic noted in its review that Oasis is "diverse, exciting, and highly enjoyable", and that the album represents Marienthal's "greatest growth as a composer".

The album reached #5 on Billboard's contemporary Jazz chart.

Oasis (Amir song)

"Oasis" is a song performed by French-Israeli singer Amir Haddad. The song was released as a digital download on 25 June 2015. The song is included on his second studio album Au cœur de moi (2016). The song was written by Silvio Lisbonne, Nazim and Amir Haddad. The song has preaked to number 101 in the French Singles Chart.

Oasis (building)

Oasis is a high-rise condominium building in Coquitlam, British Columbia. It is the second tallest building in Coquitlam after the newly constructed MThree.

Usage examples of "oasis".

He destroyed the Egyptian gods, and, to complete all, he decided to plunder Jupiter Amnion, a famous sanctuary situated near the Oasis of Siwah.

There was so much of her, such incredibly long legs, such an extreme flow of line and volume, Beheim became entranced by the exaggerated perspectives available, gazing up at the equatorial swell of her belly toward the flattened mounds of her breasts with their dark oases of areola and turreted nipples, or down from her breasts toward the unruly pubic tuft between her thighs, in all reminding him by its smoothness of the sand sculpture of a sleeping giantess he had seen years before on a beach in Spain.

Surface autocars, with their individual batteries and lights, were small oases in the absolute blackness of interstellar space.

Dinosaurs living in the oases now preserved in the Navajo Sandstone were generally small, bipedal desert specialists.

These missions, called San Joaquin del Taruma, San Estanislao, and Belen, were quite apart from all the other missions of the Guaranis, far distant from the Chaco, and removed by an enormous distance from those of the Order in the Moxos and amongst the Chiquitos, forming, as it were, an oasis in the recesses of the Tarumensian woods.

He then squatted and took out one of the sticks - a long twig cut from a plant in the oasis and showed how to sit upright with the stick holding his cloak above his head, fashioning a tent.

By the time his rampage was over, there were very few of the Geets left living in the caves at the north of the oasis.

And when Gorde nodded he banked the plane so that I had a last glimpse of the Wadi Hadd al-Akhbar, a little oasis of green set against a nightmare backdrop of volcanic rock.

CHAPTER XI The little station at which Hamel alighted was like an oasis in the middle of a flat stretch of sand and marsh.

C-130 and drop them into the Ubari Sand Sea, not far from the Hijrah Oasis.

Harvath and Meg took their places in the middle of the column, and after a final weapons and equipment check, the team set off for their positions overlooking the Hijrah Oasis.

Two or three times a month, amidst these stormy quarrels, Rodolphe and Mimi halted with one accord at the verdant oasis of a night of love, and for whole hours would give himself up to addressing her in that charming yet absurd language that passion improvises in its hour of delirium.

Then, Aziz said, he had rounded up a stray animal that had bolted and wandered back, loaded it with salvaged supplies, and ridden four hundred miles to the oasis settlement at Nodus Gordii.

Batouch and Ali were in the court of the house, talking to the Arab guardian who dwelt there, but their voices were not audible by the well, and absolute silence reigned, the intense yet light silence that is in the desert at noontide, when the sun is at the zenith, when the nomad sleeps under his low-pitched tent, and the gardeners in the oasis cease even from pretending to work among the palms.

Roswell firefighter Dan Dwyer, the radioman riding shotgun on the red Ward LaFrance pumper the company rolled that night along with the tanker, could see very little at first except for an oasis of white light in the center of darkness.