Indian Ocean


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Indian Ocean

A body of water extending from southern Asia to Antarctica and from eastern Africa to southeast Australia.

Indian Ocean

n
(Placename) 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 (13 000 ft). Greatest depth (off the Sunda Islands): 7450 m (24 442 ft). In December 2004 a major undersea earthquake off Sumatra triggered a tsunami which affected large areas of the ocean as far away as east Africa, and killed an estimated 226 435 people. Area: about 73 556 000 sq km (28 400 000 sq miles)

In′dian O′cean


n.
an ocean S of Asia, E of Africa, and W of Australia. 28,357,000 sq. mi. (73,444,630 sq. km).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Indian Ocean - the 3rd largest oceanIndian Ocean - the 3rd largest ocean; bounded by Africa on the west, Asia on the north, Australia on the east and merging with the Antarctic Ocean to the south
Ceylon - an island in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of India
Comoro Islands, Iles Comores - three main islands and numerous islets in the Indian Ocean between Mozambique and Madagascar
Madagascar - an island in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa; the 4th largest island in the world
Maldive Islands, Maldives - a group of about 1,200 small coral islands (about 220 inhabited) in the Indian ocean
Mauritius - an island in the southwestern Indian Ocean
Seychelles islands, Seychelles - a group of about 90 islands in the western Indian Ocean to the north of Madagascar
Antarctic Ocean - the southern waters surrounding Antarctica
Arabian Sea - a northwestern arm of the Indian Ocean between India and Arabia
Bay of Bengal - an arm of the Indian Ocean to the east of India
Gulf of Aden - arm of the Indian Ocean at the entrance to the Red Sea
Mozambique Channel - an arm of the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and southeastern Africa
Red Sea - a long arm of the Indian Ocean between northeast Africa and Arabia; linked to the Mediterranean at the north end by the Suez Canal
Timor Sea - an arm of the eastern Indian Ocean between Timor and northern Australia
Translations
Indický oceán
Det Indiske Ocean
Intian valtameri
Indijski ocean
Indiai-óceán
Indlandshaf
インド洋
인도해
Det indiske havIndiahavetDet indiske havet
Indiska oceanen
มหาสมุทรอินเดีย
Ấn Độ Dương

Indian Ocean

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Indian Ocean

n the Indian Oceanl'Oceano Indiano

Indian Ocean

الـمُحِيطُ الهِنْدِي Indický oceán Det Indiske Ocean Indischer Ozean Ινδικός Ωκεανός océano Índico Intian valtameri Océan Indien Indijski ocean Oceano Indiano インド洋 인도해 Indische Oceaan Det indiske hav Ocean Indyjski Oceano Índico Индийский океан Indiska oceanen มหาสมุทรอินเดีย Hint Okyanusu Ấn Độ Dương 印度洋
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He gazed with wonder upon the fortifications which make this place the Gibraltar of the Indian Ocean, and the vast cisterns where the English engineers were still at work, two thousand years after the engineers of Solomon.
Science has decided on the globe the direction of five principal currents: one in the North Atlantic, a second in the South, a third in the North Pacific, a fourth in the South, and a fifth in the Southern Indian Ocean.
So the king went all through the crowd with his hat swabbing his eyes, and blessing the people and praising them and thanking them for being so good to the poor pirates away off there; and every little while the prettiest kind of girls, with the tears running down their cheeks, would up and ask him would he let them kiss him for to remember him by; and he always done it; and some of them he hugged and kissed as many as five or six times -- and he was invited to stay a week; and everybody wanted him to live in their houses, and said they'd think it was an honor; but he said as this was the last day of the camp-meeting he couldn't do no good, and besides he was in a sweat to get to the Indian Ocean right off and go to work on the pirates.
All the animals from here to the Indian Ocean are talking about this wonderful man, and how he can cure any kind of sickness, and how kind he is--the only man in the whole world who can talk the language of the animals
Even at this day, if the Malay Archipelago were converted into land, the tropical parts of the Indian Ocean would form a large and perfectly enclosed basin, in which any great group of marine animals might be multiplied; and here they would remain confined, until some of the species became adapted to a cooler climate, and were enabled to double the southern capes of Africa or Australia, and thus reach other and distant seas.
In short, at the moment in which she has just obtained from Richelieu a carte blanche by the means of which she is about to take vengeance on her enemy, this precious paper is torn from her hands, and it is D'Artagnan who holds her prisoner and is about to send her to some filthy Botany Bay, some infamous Tyburn of the Indian Ocean.
Dense borders of mango-trees protected its margin, and the ebb-tide disclosed to view their thick roots, chafed and gnawed by the teeth of the Indian Ocean.
Then we entered the Indian Ocean and steered north- erly for Java Head.
It was Lord Tennington's plan to cruise through the Mediterranean, and the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean, and thus down the East Coast, putting in at every port that was worth the seeing.
But I won't feel really at peace till I have that ship of mine out in the Indian Ocean.
In a continuous line from that peninsula stretch the long islands of Sumatra, Java, Bally, and Timor; which, with many others, form a vast mole, or rampart, lengthwise connecting Asia with Australia, and dividing the long unbroken Indian ocean from the thickly studded oriental archipelagoes.
Near Keeling Atoll, in the Indian Ocean, I observed many little masses of confervae a few inches square, consisting of long cylindrical threads of excessive thinness, so as to be barely visible to the naked eye, mingled with other rather larger bodies, finely conical at both ends.

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