Pacific Ocean


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Pacific Ocean

The largest of the world's oceans, divided into the North Pacific Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean. It extends from the western Americas to eastern Asia and Australia.

Pacific Ocean

n
(Placename) 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 165 760 000 sq km (64 000 000 sq miles). Average depth: 4215 m (14 050 ft). Greatest depth: Challenger Deep (in the Marianas Trench), 11 033 m (37 073 ft). Greatest width: (between Panama and Mindanao, Philippines) 17 066 km (10 600 miles)

Pacif′ic O′cean


n.
an ocean bordered by the American continents, Asia, and Australia: largest ocean in the world; divided by the equator into the North Pacific and the South Pacific. 70,000,000 sq. mi. (181,300,000 sq. km); greatest known depth, 35,433 ft. (10,800 m).
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Noun1.Pacific Ocean - the largest ocean in the worldPacific Ocean - the largest ocean in the world  
invasion of Iwo, Iwo, Iwo Jima - a bloody and prolonged operation on the island of Iwo Jima in which American marines landed and defeated Japanese defenders (February and March 1945)
battle of the Philippine Sea, Philippine Sea - a naval battle in World War II (1944); a decisive naval victory for the United States fleet over the Japanese who were trying to block supplies from reaching American troops on Leyte
Guadalupe Island - a Mexican island in the Pacific to the west of Baja California
Aleutian Islands, Aleutians - an archipelago in the North Pacific extending southwest from Alaska
Oceania, Oceanica - a large group of islands in the south Pacific including Melanesia and Micronesia and Polynesia (and sometimes Australasia and the Malay Archipelago)
Australasia - Australia, New Zealand, and neighboring islands in the South Pacific
Austronesia - islands of central and South Pacific (Indonesia and Melanesia and Micronesia and Polynesia)
Wake Island, Wake - an island in the western Pacific between Guam and Hawaii
East India, East Indies, Malay Archipelago - a group of islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans between Asia and Australia
New Guinea - a Pacific island to the north of Australia; the 2nd largest island in the world; the western part is governed by Indonesia and the eastern part is Papua New Guinea
Japan, Japanese Archipelago, Japanese Islands - a string of more than 3,000 islands to the east of Asia extending 1,300 miles between the Sea of Japan and the western Pacific Ocean
Volcano Islands - a group of Japanese Islands in the northwestern Pacific Ocean to the north of the Marianas
New Zealand Islands, New Zealand - North Island and South Island and adjacent small islands in the South Pacific
Belau, Palau Islands, Pelew, Palau - a chain of more than 200 islands about 400 miles long in the western central Pacific Ocean
Philippine Islands, Philippines - an archipelago in the southwestern Pacific including some 7000 islands
Catalina Island, Santa Catalina - an island resort in the Pacific off the southwestern coast of California
Antarctic Ocean - the southern waters surrounding Antarctica
Arafura Sea - a part of the western Pacific Ocean to the north of Australia and to the south of New Guinea and the eastern islands of Indonesia
Bering Sea - part of the North Pacific between Alaska and Siberia; connected to the Arctic Ocean by the Bering Strait
Coral Sea - an arm of the South Pacific to the northeast of Australia
East China Sea - part of the Pacific Ocean near eastern Asia
Gulf of Alaska - a gulf of the Pacific Ocean between the Alaska Peninsula and the Alexander Archipelago
Gulf of Tehuantepec - an arm of the Pacific in southern Mexico
Inland Sea - an arm of the Pacific Ocean in southern Japan; surrounded by the islands of Honshu and Shikoku and Kyushu and linked to the Sea of Japan by a narrow channel; the chief port is Hiroshima
North Pacific - that part of the Pacific Ocean to the north of the equator
Osaka Bay - a bay of the western Pacific in southern Honshu
Pacific Coast - a coast of the Pacific Ocean
Puget Sound - an inlet of the North Pacific in northwestern Washington State
San Diego Bay - a bay of the Pacific in southern California
San Francisco Bay - a bay of the Pacific in western California
East Sea, Sea of Japan - an arm of the Pacific between China and Japan
Sea of Okhotsk - an arm of the Pacific to the east of Asia
South China Sea - a tropical arm of the Pacific Ocean near southeastern Asia subject to frequent typhoons
South Pacific - that part of the Pacific Ocean to the south of the equator
Tasman Sea - an arm of the southern Pacific Ocean between southeastern Australia and New Zealand
Huang Hai, Yellow Sea - part of the Pacific off the east coast of Asia
Translations
Stille Oseaan
Тихи океан
Oceà Pacífic
Tichý oceán
Stillehavet
Pacifika Oceano
Vaikne ookean
اقیانوس آرام
TyynimeriTyyni valtameri
האוקיינוס השקט
प्रशान्त महासागर
PacifikTihi ocean
Csendes-óceán
Oceano Pacific
Kyrrahaf
太平洋
태평양
Oceanus Pacificus
Ramusis vandenynas
Klusais okeāns
ശാന്തസമുദ്രം
Oceanul Pacific
Tichý oceán
Tihi ocean
Stilla havet
Pasifiki
มหาสมุทรแปซิฟิก
Büyük OkyanusPasifik
Тихий океан
بحر الکاہل
Thái Bình Dương

Pacific Ocean

الْـمُحِيطُ الْهَادِئُ Tichý oceán Stillehavet Pazifik Ειρηνικός océano Pacífico, Pacífico Tyynimeri Pacifique Pacifik Pacifico 太平洋 태평양 Stille Oceaan Stillehavet Pacyfik Oceano Pacífico Тихий океан Stilla havet มหาสมุทรแปซิฟิก Pasifik Thái Bình Dương 太平洋
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As early as 1763, shortly after the acquisition of the Canadas by Great Britain, Captain Jonathan Carver, who had been in the British provincial army, projected a journey across the continent between the forty-third and forty-sixth degrees of northern latitude to the shores of -the Pacific Ocean.
Similar facts were observed on the 23rd of July in the same year, in the Pacific Ocean, by the Columbus, of the West India and Pacific Steam Navigation Company.
The continent, of which this kingdom is apart, extends itself, as I have reason to believe, eastward, to that unknown tract of America westward of California; and north, to the Pacific Ocean, which is not above a hundred and fifty miles from Lagado; where there is a good port, and much commerce with the great island of Luggnagg, situated to the north-west about 29 degrees north latitude, and 140 longitude.
I have read with ardour the accounts of the various voyages which have been made in the prospect of arriving at the North Pacific Ocean through the seas which surround the pole.
Above was the blue sky, and the stars, and all about the desert of the Pacific Ocean.
That island, it was pretended, sank beneath the waves and was lost, and Bacon makes believe that he finds another island something like it in the Pacific Ocean and calls it the New Atlantis.
Then, plunging into the Gulf of Mexico, it subtends the arc formed by the coast of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana; then skirting Texas, off which it cuts an angle, it continues its course over Mexico, crosses the Sonora, Old California, and loses itself in the Pacific Ocean.
The Susquehanna, a corvette of 500 horse-power, of the United States navy, was occupied in taking soundings in the Pacific Ocean about 200 miles off the American coast, following that long peninsula which stretches down the coast of Mexico.
Nor should we be justified in assuming that if, for instance, the bed of the Pacific Ocean were now converted into a continent, we should there find formations older than the silurian strata, supposing such to have been formerly deposited; for it might well happen that strata which had subsided some miles nearer to the centre of the earth, and which had been pressed on by an enormous weight of superincumbent water, might have undergone far more metamorphic action than strata which have always remained nearer to the surface.
Poorly protected from the Pacific Ocean, chill winds and dense fog-banks whistled and swirled sadly across the sand-dunes.
What was the meaning of that South-Sea Exploring Expedition, with all its parade and expense, but an indirect recognition of the fact that there are continents and seas in the moral world to which every man is an isthmus or an inlet, yet unexplored by him, but that it is easier to sail many thousand miles through cold and storm and cannibals, in a government ship, with five hundred men and boys to assist one, than it is to explore the private sea, the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean of one's being alone.
A COMFORTABLY-APPOINTED, WELL-DRAINED DESERT ISLAND, NEIGHBOURHOOD OF SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN PREFERRED.

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