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Pa·cif·ic

 (pə-sĭf′ĭk)
n.
The Pacific Ocean.
adj.
1. Of, in, or near the Pacific Ocean.
2. Of, on, or near the western coast of the United States.
3. Of or concerning countries bordering the Pacific Ocean, especially those of Asia and North America.

pa·cif·ic

 (pə-sĭf′ĭk) also pa·cif·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
adj.
1. Tending to diminish or put an end to conflict; appeasing.
2. Of a peaceful nature; tranquil.

[French pacifique, from Old French pacifice, from Latin pācificus : pāx, pāc-, peace; see pag- in Indo-European roots + -ficus, -fic.]

pa·cif′i·cal·ly adv.

pacific

(pəˈsɪfɪk)
adj
1. tending or conducive to peace; conciliatory
2. not aggressive; opposed to the use of force
3. free from conflict; peaceful
[C16: from Old French pacifique, from Latin pācificus, from pāx peace + facere to make]
paˈcifically adv

Pacific

(pəˈsɪfɪk)
n
(Placename) the Pacific short for Pacific Ocean
adj
(Placename) of or relating to the Pacific Ocean or its islands

pa•cif•ic

(pəˈsɪf ɪk)

adj.
1. tending to make or preserve peace; conciliatory.
2. not warlike; peaceable; mild.
3. at peace; peaceful.
4. calm; tranquil.
5. (cap.) of, pertaining to, or bordering on the Pacific Ocean.
n.
6. (cap.) Pacific Ocean.
[1540–50; < Latin pācificus literally, peacemaking =pāci-, comb. form of pāx peace + -ficus -fic]
pa•cif′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pacific - the largest ocean in the worldPacific - 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
Adj.1.Pacific - relating to or bordering the Pacific Ocean; "Pacific islands"
2.pacific - disposed to peace or of a peaceful nature; "the pacific temper seeks to settle disputes on grounds of justice rather than by force"; "a quiet and peaceable person"; "in a peaceable and orderly manner"
peaceful, peaceable - not disturbed by strife or turmoil or war; "a peaceful nation"; "peaceful times"; "a far from peaceful Christmas"; "peaceful sleep"
3.pacific - promoting peace; "the result of this pacific policy was that no troops were called up"
conciliative, conciliatory - intended to placate; "spoke in a conciliating tone"; "a conciliatory visit"

pacific

pacific

adjective
Inclined or disposed to peace; not quarrelsome or unruly:
Translations
Tichý oceán
Stillehavet
Tyynimeri
Pacifik
太平洋
태평양
Stilla havet
มหาสมุทรแปซิฟิก
Thái Bình Dương

Pacific

[pəˈsɪfɪk]
A. ADJpacífico
the Pacific regionla región del Pacífico
B. N the Pacific (Ocean)el (Océano) Pacífico
C. CPD the Pacific Rim Nlos países de la Costa del Pacífico
Pacific Standard Time N (US) → hora f oficial de la región del Pacífico

pacific

[pəˈsɪfɪk] ADJpacífico

Pacific

[pəˈsɪfɪk]
n
the Pacific → le Pacifique
an island in the Pacific → une île dans le Pacifique
adj [island] → du Pacifique; [coast, region] → PacifiquePacific Ocean n
the Pacific Ocean → l'océan m Pacifique

Pacific

n the Pacific (Ocean)der Pazifische or Stille Ozean, der Pazifik; the Pacific islandsdie pazifischen Inseln; a Pacific islandeine Insel im Pazifik

pacific

adj people, nationfriedliebend, friedfertig

Pacific

[pəˈsɪfɪk]
1. n the Pacific (Ocean)il Pacifico, l'Oceano Pacifico
2. adjdel Pacifico

pacific

[pəˈsɪfɪk] adj (frm) → pacifico/a

pacific

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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When gliding by the Bashee isles we emerged at last upon the great South Sea; were it not for other things, I could have greeted my dear Pacific with uncounted thanks, for now the long supplication of my youth was answered; that serene ocean rolled eastwards from me a thousand leagues of blue.
The Pacific is more desolate than other seas; its spaces seem more vast, and the most ordinary journey upon it has somehow the feeling of an adventure.
The course was taken towards the north-west, and the next day the screw of the frigate was at last beating the waters of the Pacific.
The accompanying sketch of Whitsunday Island in the Pacific, copied from, Capt.
In this same New Bedford there stands a Whaleman's Chapel, and few are the moody fishermen, shortly bound for the Indian Ocean or Pacific, who fail to make a Sunday visit to the spot.
This led him to advert to a great enterprise set on foot and conducted by him, between twenty and thirty years since, having for its object to carry the fur trade across the Rocky Mountains, and to sweep the shores of the Pacific.
he exclaimed as he was carried out, "why was I not content to remain where the cut of my forehead is so common as to be known as the Pacific Slope?
Although hardly one shell, crab or fish is common to the above-named three approximate faunas of Eastern and Western America and the eastern Pacific islands, yet many fish range from the Pacific into the Indian Ocean, and many shells are common to the eastern islands of the Pacific and the eastern shores of Africa, on almost exactly opposite meridians of longitude.
The steamer which crossed the Pacific from Yokohama to San Francisco made a direct connection with that from Hong Kong, and it could not sail until the latter reached Yokohama; and if Mr.
It must be confessed that this ingenious interpretation of the dream in the light of newly discovered evidence did not wholly commend itself to the son's more logical mind; he had, for the moment at least, a conviction that it foreshadowed a more simple and immediate, if less tragic, disaster than a visit to the Pacific Coast.
We can imagine with what feelings of awe and admiration he must have contemplated the Wind River Sierra, or bed of mountains; that great fountainhead from whose springs, and lakes, and melted snows some of those mighty rivers take their rise, which wander over hundreds of miles of varied country and clime, and find their way to the opposite waves of the Atlantic and the Pacific.
frigate Essex, in the Pacific, during the late War', is said to contain some interesting particulars concerning the islanders.