Meaning of OCEAN in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ oʊʃ(ə)n ]

( oceans)

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.



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 ]

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