Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Wikipedia.
Related to oceanic: Oceanic crust


A subgroup of the Malayo-Polynesian language family including the Micronesian, Melanesian, and Polynesian languages.
Of or relating to the Oceanic subgroup of Malayo-Polynesian; Oceanian.


1. Of or relating to the ocean.
a. Relating to the open ocean, away from coastal waters: "Like many oceanic islands, Bermuda was originally free of all mammals except the bat" (Dwight Holing).
b. Relating to or inhabiting the ocean waters that lie beyond the continental shelf and exceed 200 meters (656 feet) in depth.
3. Resembling an ocean in expanse; vast: oceanic steppes.


1. of or relating to the ocean
2. (Biology) living in the depths of the ocean beyond the continental shelf at a depth exceeding 200 metres: oceanic fauna.
3. huge or overwhelming
4. (Geological Science) (of geological formations) of volcanic origin, arising from the ocean: oceanic islands.


(Languages) a branch, group, or subfamily of the Malayo-Polynesian family of languages, comprising Polynesian and Melanesian
1. (Languages) of, relating to, or belonging to this group of languages
2. (Placename) of or relating to Oceania


(ˌoʊ ʃiˈæn ɪk)

1. of, living in, or produced by the ocean: oceanic currents.
2. of or pertaining to the region of water lying above the bathyal, abyssal, and hadal zones of the sea bottom.
3. (cap.) (in most classifications) a branch of the Austronesian language family that includes all Austronesian languages spoken from New Guinea and the Caroline Islands E through Polynesia.
[1650–60; < Medieval Latin ōceanicus]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.oceanic - an eastern subfamily of Malayo-Polynesian languagesOceanic - an eastern subfamily of Malayo-Polynesian languages
Malayo-Polynesian, Polynesian - the branch of the Austronesian languages spoken from Madagascar to the central Pacific
Tahitian - the Oceanic language spoken on Tahiti
Maori - the Oceanic language spoken by the Maori in New Zealand
Hawaiian - the Oceanic languages spoken on Hawaii
Fijian - the Oceanic language spoken on Fiji
Adj.1.oceanic - relating to or occurring or living in or frequenting the open ocean; "oceanic islands like Bermuda"; "oceanic currents"; "oceanic birds"; "pelagic organisms"; "pelagic whaling"
2.oceanic - resembling the ocean in apparent limitlessness in extent or degree; "the oceanic violence of his rage"
unlimited, limitless - having no limits in range or scope; "to start with a theory of unlimited freedom is to end up with unlimited despotism"- Philip Rahv; "the limitless reaches of outer space"
3.oceanic - constituting or living in the open sea; "oceanic waters"; "oceanic life"
marine - relating to or characteristic of or occurring on or in the sea


Of or relating to the seas or oceans:


[ˌəʊʃɪˈænɪk] ADJoceánico


Meeres-; oceanic plantMeerespflanze f


[ˌəʊʃɪˈænɪk] adjoceanico/a
References in classic literature ?
The Nautilus remained motionless, the force of its screw subdued by the inclination of its planes: the instrument was propped on the bottom of the oceanic site, and in a few seconds we had obtained a perfect negative.
If we turn to nature to test the truth of these remarks, and look at any small isolated area, such as an oceanic island, although the total number of the species inhabiting it, will be found to be small, as we shall see in our chapter on geographical distribution; yet of these species a very large proportion are endemic,--that is, have been produced there, and nowhere else.
The volcanic nature of these oceanic islands is evidently an extension of that law, and the effect of those same causes, whether chemical or mechanical, from which it results that a vast majority of the volcanoes now in action stand either near sea-coasts or as islands in the midst of the sea.
The often repeated description of the stately palm and other noble tropical plants, then birds, and lastly man, taking possession of the coral islets as soon as formed, in the Pacific, is probably not correct; I fear it destroys the poetry of this story, that feather and dirt-feeding and parasitic insects and spiders should be the first inhabitants of newly formed oceanic land.
The high density of oceanic crust causes it to be recycled back into Earths mantle relatively rapidly at subduction zones, meaning most oceanic crust is less than 200 million years old.
Individuals or teams of three athletes, completing one discipline each, will embark on an 800m open water swim in the Oceanic Hotel's natural bay, then cycle for 30km through the rolling hills of Khorffakkan before the final part of the triathlon, the 7km run course, which leads tri-athletes back along the Khorfakkan Corniche to the hotel where participants will cross the finish line, according to UAE News Agency (WAM).
They also integrate samples from terrestrial sequences to explore global environmental consequences of oceanic large igneous provinces.
Proto Oceanic (POc) is the proposed ancestor to the Oceanic languages, a subcategory of the Austronesian language family.
The Oceanic Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort & Spa villas have been exclusively designed to meet the criteria of modern travellers, whether in small groups or extended families.
The Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) has issued an interim banking licence to Pan Oceanic Bank Limited.
The "League of Legends" Oceanic server will have support for English, local servers and its own website.
In his new role, Paolo will lead the pre-opening team and will be responsible for the overall operation for Oceanic Resort & Spa Khorfakan in Sharjah.