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Topic: GEOGRAPHY

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Latin
Origin: oceanus, from Greek Okeanos name of a river believed to flow around the world

ocean

noun
     
o‧cean S3 W2
1

the ocean

especially American EnglishDNSG the great mass of salt water that covers most of the Earth's surface [= the sea]:
She stood on the beach, gazing at the ocean.
I like to swim in the ocean when it's warm enough.
2 [countable]SGHEO one of the very large areas of sea on the Earth's surface:
the Pacific Ocean
3

oceans of something

informal a lot of something, especially a liquid:
oceans of champagne

➔ a drop in the ocean

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