(redirected from amphibiousness)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.


1. Biology Living or able to live both on land and in water.
2. Able to operate both on land and in water: amphibious tanks.
3. Relating to or organized for a military landing by means of combined naval and land forces.
4. Of a mixed or twofold nature.

[From Latin amphibius, from Greek amphibios; see amphibian.]

am·phib′i·ous·ly adv.
am·phib′i·ous·ness n.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


1. (Zoology) able to live both on land and in the water, as frogs, toads, etc
2. designed for operation on or from both water and land
3. (Military) relating to military forces and equipment organized for operations launched from the sea against an enemy shore
4. having a dual or mixed nature
[C17: from Greek amphibios, literally: having a double life, from amphi- + bios life]
amˈphibiously adv
amˈphibiousness n
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(æmˈfɪb i əs)

1. living or able to live both on land and in water.
2. capable of operating on both land and water: amphibious vehicles.
3. pertaining to military operations by both land and naval forces.
4. trained to fight on both land and sea.
5. of or having a mixed or twofold nature.
[1635–45; < Latin amphibius < Greek amphíbios living a double life]
am•phib′i•ous•ly, adv.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.amphibious - relating to or characteristic of animals of the class Amphibiaamphibious - relating to or characteristic of animals of the class Amphibia
2.amphibious - operating or living on land and in wateramphibious - operating or living on land and in water; "amphibious vehicles"; "amphibious operations"; "amphibious troops"; "frogs are amphibious animals"
aquatic - operating or living or growing in water; "boats are aquatic vehicles"; "water lilies are aquatic plants"; "fish are aquatic animals"
terrestrial - operating or living or growing on land
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
sem lifir bæîi í vatni og á landi


[æmˈfɪbɪəs] ADJ [animal, vehicle] → anfibio
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[æmˈfɪbiəs] adj
[animal] → amphibie
[vehicle, plane] → amphibie
(MILITARY) [landing, operation, assault] → amphibie
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


adj animal, plantamphibisch; (Mil) → amphibisch; amphibious vehicle/aircraftAmphibienfahrzeug nt/-flugzeug nt
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[æmˈfɪbɪəs] adj (Bio) (vehicle) → anfibio/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(ӕmˈfibiən) noun
1. a creature that spends part of its life on land and part in water. Frogs are amphibians.
2. a vehicle designed to move on land or in the water.
3. an aircraft designed to fly from land or water.
amˈphibious adjective
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
References in periodicals archive ?
For both Huxleys, personal multiplicity was what Aldous called a kind of "amphibiousness," a consequence of being "indigenous to half a dozen incompatible worlds" (1956, 9-10).
(83) Alternative concepts, such as "institutional amphibiousness" proposed by Ding and "embeddedness" proposed by O'Brien, (84) have drawn our attention to the often blurred boundaries between state and society in China and greatly aided our understanding of the development of potentially autonomous organisations under an authoritarian state.