Meaning of OCEAN in English
transcription, транскрипция: [ oʊʃ(ə)n ]
Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.
The ocean is the sea.
There were few sights as beautiful as the calm ocean on a warm night.
N-SING : the N
An ocean is one of the five very large areas of sea on the Earth’s surface.
They spent many days cruising the northern Pacific Ocean.
...the Indian Ocean.
N-COUNT ; N-IN-NAMES
If you say that there is an ocean of something, you are emphasizing that there is a very large amount of it. ( INFORMAL )
I had cried oceans of tears...
APEC seems be drowning in an ocean of jargon.
N-COUNT : N of n [ emphasis ]
If you say that something is a drop in the ocean , you mean that it is a very small amount which is unimportant compared to the cost of other things or is so small that it has very little effect on something.
His fee is a drop in the ocean compared with the real cost of broadcasting.
PHRASE : usu v-link PHR [ emphasis ]
Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне. 2006