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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
ocean
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a sea/ocean breeze
▪ The boats were moving up and down in the sea breeze.
a sea/ocean view (=a view of the sea)
▪ I’d like a room with a sea view.
an ocean/sea/river current
▪ Ocean currents carry young fish out to sea.
ocean liner
▪ an ocean liner
the ocean waves (=the sea)
▪ They spent a week on the ocean waves on a cruise ship.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
deep
▪ According to soundings made in the surrounding ocean, there are some very deep ocean trenches in the sea around the island.
▪ In the event of an impact in deep ocean, rock ejection would be minimized and water would be thrown great distances.
▪ Between geologist and geology there lies a daunting barrier: the deep and rolling ocean.
▪ Once upon a time, Triton had been a gigantic deity, ruling the deep ocean of the unknown.
▪ Records from the deep oceans show that major global climatic and environmental change is nothing new in our history.
▪ In the abyssal murk of the deep ocean floor, miles below the surface, no light penetrates.
▪ The deepest part of the deep ocean is totally black, without light.
great
▪ Like him, I knew that this great and peaceful ocean was out there somewhere.
▪ These shells, which came from the great oceans, impart sacred knowledge.
▪ They're the few surviving scrolls of our ancestors who travelled from the great oceans.
▪ In my hand I clutch - ... But the great grave ocean comes climbing up the beach.
▪ It could transform any pain, a great ocean to her hurt.
▪ And all souls are one in the great ocean of the Supreme Consciousness, the Lord.
▪ Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?
▪ Now there is nothing but the great ocean.
large
▪ The Anadyr once plied the world's largest ocean, supplying Soviet warships.
▪ The three largest ocean liners in the world could have sat atop its crest like bathtub toys.
▪ And the margin both times was as large as the ocean that separates the countries.
▪ Then he went to a big plastic fish box, and hauled out a large red ocean fish.
open
▪ The dominant plants of the open ocean, then, are single-celled plants.
▪ Some researchers are skeptical, however, that this could be enough to affect large waves in the open ocean.
▪ Through most of the summer, then, the plankton in open ocean is gradually depleted.
▪ Keoni was born south-east of us, in the open ocean not far from Midway Island.
▪ Once we're past it we can turn out to the open ocean.
▪ These figures refer to the size of free waves in the open ocean.
▪ Parts of the open ocean are so pure as to support little life.
vast
▪ Some attributed each crater to a bursting giant bubble of gases escaping from a vast ocean of magma.
▪ You could get seasick at the top watching the clouds scudding across a full moon in a vast ocean of space.
▪ Larvae may immediately become bottom dwellers or pelagic for a short period to be broadcast over vast distances by ocean currents.
wide
▪ A wide ocean with a small island here and there.
▪ Between them formed several long, narrow lakes and then, as the rift deepened, a wide ocean channel.
▪ They would be useless on a voyage on the wide ocean, and anyhow the coastal charts would soon grow mildewed.
▪ And, of course, if the capsize happened in the wide ocean, then the crew was in real trouble.
▪ But her eyes were wide as the oceans, and worlds beyond human ken drifted there.
■ NOUN
basin
▪ The two peaks in the distribution represent the continental platforms and the ocean basins.
▪ We may therefore take 200 million years as some sort of an upper limit to the age of an ocean basin.
▪ These sea-level fluctuations must therefore have been produced by changes in the cubic capacity of the ocean basins.
▪ Although the surface of the ocean basins is relatively uniform it is punctuated in places by volcanoes.
crust
▪ They are similar to the lavas from which the Earth's ocean crusts are made, but much older.
▪ At the beginning of each belt was a mid-ocean ridge, where new ocean crust was made.
▪ Judging from the minerals present in the mass of water, it appeared to have spurted out of the ocean crust.
▪ Like a bulldozer, it plowed rock off the ocean crust that was descending and piled it into hills along its edge.
▪ Where the ocean crust is young, lava flows dominate the landscape.
▪ Somehow these shallow reservoirs must provide the stuff that makes new ocean crust.
▪ These might consist of old ocean crust or material from one of the boundary layers.
▪ The cold, bottom water that percolates down into the cracks in the ocean crust carries its own complement of chemicals.
current
▪ A direct and obvious example is that many marine animals are dispersed around the globe by ocean currents.
▪ Factoring in the effects of ocean currents, fickle winds, and errors in judgment, he then determined his longitude.
▪ The ocean currents flow around these in the same way that winds blow around high and low centres of atmospheric pressure.
▪ Some believe that it is because of unusually strong cold ocean currents, which improve the chances of penguins surviving the journey.
▪ No more than 0.1% drives the wind, waves and ocean currents and a minute 0.03% is consumed in photosynthesis.
▪ But ocean currents, wind and tides stir the waters.
▪ Larvae may immediately become bottom dwellers or pelagic for a short period to be broadcast over vast distances by ocean currents.
depth
▪ Life in the ocean depths poses many special problems, requiring special adaptations.
▪ Man is a wellspring; woman an ocean depth.
▪ Monsters, stirred from the lightless ocean depths by the sinking of the lands, sometimes come ashore here in search of prey.
floor
▪ These are rocket-shaped projectiles loaded with vitrified waste, and dumped from ships to plunge into soft sediments on the ocean floor.
▪ Looking down through my mask at the ocean floor, I saw an old motorcycle, probably from the fifties.
▪ Small sea organisms bind these marine minerals into their body structures, which then fall to the ocean floor upon their death.
▪ Amid the barren ocean floor swarmed legions of bizarre, new animals.
▪ The ocean floor was the tape slowly and symmetrically drifting away from either side of the ridge.
▪ About 100 tons of contaminated sediments still lie on the ocean floor.
▪ Here, perhaps, all the ocean floor material has been carried up into the mountains.
▪ The giant bivalves jammed the cracks between the black tufts of lava that covered the ocean floor.
liner
▪ These multi-purpose, leisure-park hotels look under siege like huge ocean liners in trouble at sea.
▪ Farther west is the Hudson River, creating the illusion that ocean liners occasionally sail down the street.
▪ There are, however, still many opportunities to see ocean liners arriving at and departing from the island.
▪ It features a two-story newsroom, a lobby decorated like a 1930s ocean liner and a Mount Vernon-style cupola on the roof.
▪ Their obsessive story is told in graphic detail as they sail merrily along on an ocean liner.
▪ Nigel Davis reports on an industry whose products protect both an ocean liner and a girl's dress.
▪ The three largest ocean liners in the world could have sat atop its crest like bathtub toys.
surface
▪ In winter when the sun is low or absent, primary production at the ocean surface is minimal.
▪ From here I watch a patrol of pelicans skim the ocean surface while waves crash against the rocks.
▪ Because of these fundamental properties of ocean surface waves, they are capable of delivering their punch over enormous distances.
view
▪ Landscaping will include waterworks, a reference to the ocean view the museum will enjoy.
▪ The home is on slightly more than an acre with ocean views.
▪ Situated in a high-rise built about five years ago, the unit also has city-to-ocean views.
▪ The ocean view was available through a wall-wide greasy window that admitted the ocean wind as well.
▪ Other parks have more spectacular scenery, higher mountains or ocean views, but Yellowstone is the place for animals.
voyage
▪ Excellent condition for a big ocean voyage.
▪ They'd played by the rules and made what was often an unpleasant ocean voyage that cost them most of their savings.
▪ The international network, at least for the Western imperial system, added a long ocean voyage between two rail journeys.
▪ What if Juan Miguel had taken the boy on a dangerous ocean voyage without telling Elizabeth.
▪ Jack grinned and shook hands, looking like an ad for what an ocean voyage can do for the complexion.
water
▪ The high ridge displaces ocean water.
▪ Small hermit crabs are readily available where there is ocean water and their value as scavengers makes them worth considering.
▪ Nor is large-scale desalination of ocean water economical.
▪ The ocean water emerging from the vent thus has an entirely different chemical makeup than the water that went into it.
wave
▪ And when they got into difficulties in the rolling ocean waves, the whales came to their rescue.
▪ In one elevator, a small electronic picture keeps an ocean wave on the move.
▪ The average ocean wave is five feet in height.
▪ On some nights, I would pretend the sounds were ocean waves and I was in a mansion on a nameless beach.
▪ Provision for students with special needs can be viewed as analogous to a small ship on the ocean waves.
▪ Have you ever seen an ocean wave pass over a submerged reef?
▪ Officials said there was no immediate threat of tsunami, a seismic ocean wave, which could be catastrophic to the area.
■ VERB
cross
▪ For this I would most certainly cross oceans, let alone forgo a couple of treatments.
▪ For years and years they crossed rivers and oceans to find the Simorgh, that fabulous creature, radiant and dazzling.
▪ The plane crossed the wine-dark ocean with very few passengers aboard.
▪ According to Nissenbaum, this ritual never crossed the ocean.
▪ In other references dhamma is the raft on which men may cross the ocean of existence to the farther shore of Nirvana.
live
▪ Hard to get, that is, if you lived on the ocean floor and had been locked in a safe.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a drop in the ocean
▪ The United States pledge of $100 million to the rainforest fund is a drop in the ocean.
▪ Third World debt is so massive that recent pledges to reduce or forgive it are just a drop in the bucket.
▪ With 2m men and women in uniform, a 60,000-strong force is just a drop in the ocean.
the depths of the ocean/countryside/forest etc
▪ Illegal activity is not limited to the depths of the forest.
▪ So the depths of the oceans are full of lights moving rhythmically around and continually turning off and on.
▪ The sporadic gunfire, explosions and shouting in the depths of the forest, seemed to belong to a different world.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ About 100 tons of contaminated sediments still lie on the ocean floor.
▪ Amid the barren ocean floor swarmed legions of bizarre, new animals.
▪ Everything was hygienically sluiced away by the ocean.
▪ It is also worth thinking about the possibility that rearrangements of the continents and oceans would themselves have considerable climatic effects.
▪ Obviously if we close up the ocean again, the resemblances would not be so startling.
▪ These shells, which came from the great oceans, impart sacred knowledge.
▪ You could get seasick at the top watching the clouds scudding across a full moon in a vast ocean of space.
▪ You think I let her scare me about that ocean?
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Ocean

Ocean \O"cean\ ([=o]"shan), n. [F. oc['e]an, L. oceanus, Gr. 'wkeano`s ocean, in Homer, the great river supposed to encompass the earth.]

  1. The whole body of salt water which covers more than three fifths of the surface of the globe; -- called also the sea, or great sea.

    Like the odor of brine from the ocean Comes the thought of other years.
    --Longfellow.

  2. One of the large bodies of water into which the great ocean is regarded as divided, as the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic and Antarctic oceans.

  3. An immense expanse; any vast space or quantity without apparent limits; as, the boundless ocean of eternity; an ocean of affairs.
    --Locke.

    You're gonna need an ocean Of calamine lotion.
    --Lieber & Stoller (Poison Ivy: song lyrics, 1994)

Ocean

Ocean \O"cean\ ([=o]"shan), a. Of or pertaining to the main or great sea; as, the ocean waves; an ocean stream.
--Milton.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
ocean

late 13c., from Old French occean "ocean" (12c., Modern French océan), from Latin oceanus, from Greek okeanos, the great river or sea surrounding the disk of the Earth (as opposed to the Mediterranean), of unknown origin. Personified as Oceanus, son of Uranus and Gaia and husband of Tethys. In early times, when the only known land masses were Eurasia and Africa, the ocean was an endless river that flowed around them. Until c.1650, commonly ocean sea, translating Latin mare oceanum. Application to individual bodies of water began 14c.; there are usually reckoned to be five of them, but this is arbitrary; also occasionally applied to smaller subdivisions, such as German Ocean "North Sea."

Wiktionary
ocean

n. 1 (context countable English) One of the five large bodies of water separating the continents. 2 (context uncountable English) Water belonging to an ocean. 3 (context figuratively English) An immense expanse; any vast space or quantity without apparent limits.

WordNet
ocean
  1. n. a large body of water constituting a principal part of the hydrosphere

  2. anything apparently limitless in quantity or volume [syn: sea]

Gazetteer
Ocean -- U.S. County in New Jersey
Population (2000): 510916
Housing Units (2000): 248711
Land area (2000): 636.276111 sq. miles (1647.947493 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 279.602257 sq. miles (724.166491 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 915.878368 sq. miles (2372.113984 sq. km)
Located within: New Jersey (NJ), FIPS 34
Location: 39.918818 N, 74.210903 W
Headwords:
Ocean
Ocean, NJ
Ocean County
Ocean County, NJ
Wikipedia
Ocean (disambiguation)

An ocean is a major body of salt water.

Ocean may also refer to:

  • The sea, or "World Ocean"
Ocean (band)

Ocean was a gospel rock band formed in 1970 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They are best known for their million-selling 1971 single " Put Your Hand in the Hand", penned by Gene MacLellan. The gramophone record sold over one million copies and received a gold disc awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America on 3 May 1971. Ocean consisted of Greg Brown (vocals, keyboard), Jeff Jones (bass, vocals), Janice Morgan (guitar, vocals), Dave Tamblyn (guitar), and Chuck Slater (drums). The album was recorded in Toronto in 1970 and originally released on the Yorkville label in Canada. The album contained eight songs written by such notables as Robbie Robertson and Gene MacLellan. The album was picked up in the U.S. by the Kama Sutra label that also released the band's second album in both the U.S. and Canada. Ocean managed another hit in Canada with the songs "We've Got a Dream" and "One More Chance", both written by the British songwriting team of Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway, but they failed to make any impact in the U.S., and disbanded in 1975 after releasing two albums.

Ocean (train)

The Ocean, previously known as the Ocean Limited, is a passenger train operated by VIA Rail in Canada between Montreal, Quebec and Halifax, Nova Scotia. It is currently the oldest continuously operated named passenger train in North America. The Ocean schedule takes approximately 23 hours, running overnight in both directions. Together with The Canadian and VIA's corridor trains, the Ocean provides a transcontinental service.

Ocean (comics)

Ocean is a 2004 six-issue comic book miniseries, written by Warren Ellis with pencils by Chris Sprouse and inks by Karl Story. It was published by DC Comics under the Wildstorm imprint.

Ocean (Eloy album)

Ocean was the sixth album released by the German progressive rock band Eloy. It was released in 1977 and is considered by many their finest album, a classic of the genre in Germany. It sold 200,000 copies, doing better than Genesis or Queen on the German charts.

Ocean (Spencer Tracy song)

"Ocean" was the second single by Australian rock group Spencer Tracy and was released on Embryro Records in June, 2003.

"Ocean" reached #14 on the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) top 20 singles charts in September 2003.

Océan

Océan is a department of South Province in Cameroon. The department covers an area of 11,280 km² and as of 2001 had a total population of 133,062. The capital of the department lies at Kribi.

Ocean (B'z song)

"Ocean" is the thirty-ninth single by B'z, released on August 10, 2005. This song is one of the duo's many number-one singles in the Oricon charts, and has sold over 505,000 copies. As B-sides, the single features "Dear My Lovely Pain" and "Narifuri Kamawazu Dakishimete", which is an outtake from The Circle. "Ocean" was used as the theme of Umizaru Evolution, a Japanese television drama adaptation of the manga Umizaru.

The song has received three certifications from the RIAJ: a double platinum shipping certification, a double platinum ringtone download certification and a gold full-length cellphone download certification.

Ocean (Sebadoh song)

"Ocean" is a song by Sebadoh from their 1996 album Harmacy. It was released as a Promo CD, a CD Single and 7" vinyl record.

A music video was made for the song. It was directed by Laura Borealis (Laura Hyde Crapo).

The song peaked at number 30 on the US Modern Rock chart, and reached 146 on the UK Singles chart.

Ocean (Muni)

Ocean is a station on the San Francisco Municipal Railway light rail network's M Ocean View line. It is located in the Merced Manor neighborhood in a special rail-only right of way, as the M train cuts through a small path to avoid several crowded intersections where Sloat and Ocean Avenues meet California Route 1.

Ocean (Stephan Micus album)

Ocean is a solo album by German composer and multi-instrumentalist Stephan Micus recorded in 1986 and released on the ECM label.

Ocean (Bola Sete album)

Ocean is an album by Brazilian guitarist Bola Sete, released in 1975 through Takoma Records.

Ocean (Bebo Norman album)

Ocean is the seventh studio album by contemporary Christian musiccian Bebo Norman. The album is the third with BEC Recordings, which was his second studio album with the label, and his tenth album overall including his first independent release. This album was released on September 28, 2010, and the producers are Jason Ingram and Bebo Norman.

Ocean (ship)

A number of sailing ships have been named Ocean.

Two ships named Ocean were licensed ships for the British East India Company (EIC). After the EIC lost its monopoly on trade with India in 1813, it licensed vessels belonging to private owners to trade with India.

  • Ocean (1800 ship), a 560-ton ( bm) merchant ship built in Quebec in 1800, that transported convicts to Port Jackson in 1816.
  • Ocean (1808 ship), a 437-ton (bm) merchant ship built at Whitby in 1808, that transported convicts to Port Jackson in 1818 and 1823.
Ocean (East Indiaman)

At least four ships with the name Ocean served the Honourable East India Company as an East Indiaman between 1760 and 1810:

  • Ocean, a ship of 1189 tons burthen launched in 1788, made three voyages for the company; she was on her fourth voyage when she wrecked in February 1797 in the East Indies.
  • Ocean, a brig of 481 tons burthen ( bm) and launched in 1794, made two voyages to Bengal for the East India company as an "extra" ship, that is, on charter. In 1803, she accompanied HMS Calcutta to establish the British settlement at Port Phillip. She then made another trip for the EIC. She continued trading from London until at least 1820, but ber ultimate fate is unknown.
  • Ocean, a ship of 1200 to 1337 tons burthen (sources vary), launched in 1800 at London, participated in the Battle of Pulo Aura and made four voyages for the company; she foundered in 1811 while on her fifth voyage.
  • Ocean was launched on 21 June 1802 at Quebec. She was of 532, 560, or 567 tons burthen (sources vary), and made five trips for the EIC: 1) September 1804 - December 1805 (Coast and Bay); 2) June 1806 - November 1807 (St. Helena and Bengal); 3) September 1808 - July 1810 ( Madeira, Madras and Bengal), 4) May 1811 - Jul 1812 (Madras and Bengal); 5) March 1813 - Mary 1814 (Madras and Bengal). This ship sailed under a letter of marque issued to Captain Thomas McTaggart on 30 June 1804. She was described as having a crew of 50 men and carrying sixteen 12-pounder guns. Her owners sold her on 30 July 1807 at Lloyd's Coffee House for the West Indies trade.
Ocean (TVXQ song)

"Ocean" (stylized as "OCEAN") is the 37th Japanese single by South Korean pop duo Tohoshinki. It was released on June 12, 2013 by Avex Trax as the first single from their seventh Japanese studio album, Tree (2014). Written and produced by Shinjiroh Inoue, "Ocean" was released in three editions – a CD+DVD version, a CD-only version, and a Bigeast Board edition.

The single sold 88,428 copies on its first day of release, and 116,782 copies by its second, breaking a new record for the group. "Ocean" landed at number two on the weekly Oricon Singles Chart by selling 140,872 copies, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). Charting for over nine months, "Ocean" has reported sales of 159,163 according to the Oricon.

"Ocean" was used as the June monthly theme song for five different Japanese variety shows, which include the daytime show PON!, the music show Music Dragon , the game show Sore Ike! Game Panther! , and Futtonda . The B-side track "Wedding Dress", written by Shirose and Shimada of White Jam, was used as the theme song for BeeTV's mobile drama, The Greatest Proposal .

Usage examples of "ocean".

In the sudden brightness he saw Abraxas, first screaming in terror as the ocean rushed toward him, then pitching with the force of the water.

During their acquaintanceship aboard the Laurentic, each had learned that the others were accustomed to ocean travel.

Ever since the rash but successful enterprise of the Franks under the reign of Probus, their daring countrymen had constructed squadrons of light brigantines, in which they incessantly ravaged the provinces adjacent to the ocean.

Right now, my twin lies to the Council, saying that you threw me into the ocean and that I am adrift at sea, clinging to a bit of wood.

Pacino waited for the deck to vibrate with the energy of 52,000-shaft horsepower back aft pushing them through the ocean.

The relative decline in politico-economic influence of the Northern Hemisphere during the later twentieth century, the shift of civilized dominance to a Southeast Asia-Indian Ocean region with more resources, did not, as alarmists at the time predicted, spell the end of Western civilization.

The album, Earth Songst Ocean Song, was produced by Tony Visconti, whom she married in 1971.

Looking out over the water, Alec again tried to imagine how big an ocean must be to outstrip this.

On each wall was painted a fantasy mural of the sea, so that it appeared as if they were dining alfresco, on a calm ocean during a bright afternoon, surrounded by graceful sailboats.

There, they ate lunch at a seafood shack on Almar Avenue, with outdoor tables, and went for a long walk along West Cliff Drive and out onto the ocean view point before heading back into San Francisco.

Some of these, such as the rise of the Altiplano from the floor of the ocean, certainly took place in remote geological ages, before the advent of human civilization.

Sometime in the past the entire Altiplano, with its lakes, rose from the bottom of the ocean .

She gestured to the right, to where the rest of the Ama fleet was spread out over the ocean.

Other authorities have suggested that the angiosperms originated along estuaries and bays as the ocean waters flooded the continents.

He saw that he was on the highest point of the island,a statue on this vast pedestal of granite, nothing human appearing in sight, while the blue ocean beat against the base of the island, and covered it with a fringe of foam.