1. of, living in, or produced by the ocean: oceanic currents.
  2. of or relating to the region of water lying above the bathyal, abyssal, and hadal zones of the sea bottom.Compare neritic, pelagic.
  3. immensely large; vast: an oceanic expanse of stars.
  4. (initial capital letter) of or relating to Oceania, its peoples, or their languages.


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


  1. a branch, group, or subfamily of the Malayo-Polynesian family of languages, comprising Polynesian and Melanesian


  1. of, relating to, or belonging to this group of languages
  2. of or relating to Oceania

adj.1650s, probably from French océanique, from océan (see ocean).

  1. Relating to the ocean.
  2. Relating to the ocean waters that lie beyond the continental shelf and exceed 200 m (656 ft) in depth. Compare neritic. See more at epipelagic zone.

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