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3 definitions found
 for Pacific Ocean
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  pacific \pa*cif"ic\, a. [L. pacificus: cf. F. pacifique. See
     Pacify.]
     Of or pertaining to peace; of a peaceful character; not
     warlike; not quarrelsome; as, a pacific nature or condition.
     [WordNet sense 3]
  
     Syn: peaceable.
          [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Promoting peace; suited to make or restore peace;
        conciliatory; as, pacific words or acts. [WordNet sense 1]
  
     Syn: irenic.
          [WordNet 1.5]
  
     3. of or pertaining to the Pacific Ocean; as, Pacific
        islands.
        [WordNet 1.5]
  
     Pacific Ocean, the ocean between America and Asia, so
        called by Magellan, its first European navigator, on
        account of the exemption from violent tempests which he
        enjoyed while sailing over it; -- called also, simply, the
        Pacific, and, formerly, the South sea.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Syn: Peacemaking; appeasing; conciliatory; tranquil; calm;
          quiet; peaceful; reconciling; mild; gentle.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Pacific Ocean
      n 1: the largest ocean in the world [syn: Pacific, Pacific
           Ocean]

From CIA World Factbook 2002 :

  Pacific Ocean
  
     Introduction Pacific Ocean
     --------------------------
                              Background: The Pacific Ocean is the largest of
                                          the world's five oceans (followed by
                                          the Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean,
                                          Southern Ocean, and Arctic Ocean).
                                          Strategically important access
                                          waterways include the La Perouse,
                                          Tsugaru, Tsushima, Taiwan,
                                          Singapore, and Torres Straits.
    
     Geography Pacific Ocean
     -----------------------
                                Location: body of water between the Southern
                                          Ocean, Asia, Australia, and the
                                          Western Hemisphere
                  Geographic coordinates: 0 00 N, 160 00 W
                          Map references: Political Map of the World
                                    Area: total: 155.557 million sq km
                                          note: includes Bali Sea, Bering Sea,
                                          Bering Strait, Coral Sea, East China
                                          Sea, Flores Sea, Gulf of Alaska,
                                          Gulf of Tonkin, Java Sea, Philippine
                                          Sea, Savu Sea, Sea of Japan, Sea of
                                          Okhotsk, South China Sea, Tasman
                                          Sea, Timor Sea, and other tributary
                                          water bodies
                      Area - comparative: about 15 times the size of the US;
                                          covers about 28% of the global
                                          surface; larger than the total land
                                          area of the world
                               Coastline: 135,663 km
                                 Climate: planetary air pressure systems and
                                          resultant wind patterns exhibit
                                          remarkable uniformity in the south
                                          and east; trade winds and westerly
                                          winds are well-developed patterns,
                                          modified by seasonal fluctuations;
                                          tropical cyclones (hurricanes) may
                                          form south of Mexico from June to
                                          October and affect Mexico and
                                          Central America; continental
                                          influences cause climatic uniformity
                                          to be much less pronounced in the
                                          eastern and western regions at the
                                          same latitude in the North Pacific
                                          Ocean; the western Pacific is
                                          monsoonal - a rainy season occurs
                                          during the summer months, when
                                          moisture-laden winds blow from the
                                          ocean over the land, and a dry
                                          season during the winter months,
                                          when dry winds blow from the Asian
                                          landmass back to the ocean; tropical
                                          cyclones (typhoons) may strike
                                          southeast and east Asia from May to
                                          December
                                 Terrain: surface currents in the northern
                                          Pacific are dominated by a
                                          clockwise, warm-water gyre (broad
                                          circular system of currents) and in
                                          the southern Pacific by a
                                          counterclockwise, cool-water gyre;
                                          in the northern Pacific, sea ice
                                          forms in the Bering Sea and Sea of
                                          Okhotsk in winter; in the southern
                                          Pacific, sea ice from Antarctica
                                          reaches its northernmost extent in
                                          October; the ocean floor in the
                                          eastern Pacific is dominated by the
                                          East Pacific Rise, while the western
                                          Pacific is dissected by deep
                                          trenches, including the Mariana
                                          Trench, which is the world's deepest
                      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Challenger Deep in the
                                          Mariana Trench -10,924 m
                                          highest point: sea level 0 m
                       Natural resources: oil and gas fields, polymetallic
                                          nodules, sand and gravel aggregates,
                                          placer deposits, fish
                         Natural hazards: surrounded by a zone of violent
                                          volcanic and earthquake activity
                                          sometimes referred to as the
                                          "Pacific Ring of Fire"; subject to
                                          tropical cyclones (typhoons) in
                                          southeast and east Asia from May to
                                          December (most frequent from July to
                                          October); tropical cyclones
                                          (hurricanes) may form south of
                                          Mexico and strike Central America
                                          and Mexico from June to October
                                          (most common in August and
                                          September); cyclical El Nino/La Nina
                                          phenomenon occurs in the equatorial
                                          Pacific, influencing weather in the
                                          Western Hemisphere and the western
                                          Pacific; ships subject to
                                          superstructure icing in extreme
                                          north from October to May;
                                          persistent fog in the northern
                                          Pacific can be a maritime hazard
                                          from June to December
            Environment - current issues: endangered marine species include
                                          the dugong, sea lion, sea otter,
                                          seals, turtles, and whales; oil
                                          pollution in Philippine Sea and
                                          South China Sea
                        Geography - note: the major chokepoints are the Bering
                                          Strait, Panama Canal, Luzon Strait,
                                          and the Singapore Strait; the
                                          Equator divides the Pacific Ocean
                                          into the North Pacific Ocean and the
                                          South Pacific Ocean; dotted with low
                                          coral islands and rugged volcanic
                                          islands in the southwestern Pacific
                                          Ocean
    
    
    
     Economy Pacific Ocean
     ---------------------
                      Economy - overview: The Pacific Ocean is a major
                                          contributor to the world economy and
                                          particularly to those nations its
                                          waters directly touch. It provides
                                          low-cost sea transportation between
                                          East and West, extensive fishing
                                          grounds, offshore oil and gas
                                          fields, minerals, and sand and
                                          gravel for the construction
                                          industry. In 1996, over 60% of the
                                          world's fish catch came from the
                                          Pacific Ocean. Exploitation of
                                          offshore oil and gas reserves is
                                          playing an ever-increasing role in
                                          the energy supplies of US,
                                          Australia, NZ, China, and Peru. The
                                          high cost of recovering offshore oil
                                          and gas, combined with the wide
                                          swings in world prices for oil since
                                          1985, has slowed but not stopped new
                                          drillings.
    
    
     Transportation Pacific Ocean
     ----------------------------
                       Ports and harbors: Bangkok (Thailand), Hong Kong, Kao-
                                          hsiung (Taiwan), Los Angeles (US),
                                          Manila (Philippines), Pusan (South
                                          Korea), San Francisco (US), Seattle
                                          (US), Shanghai (China), Singapore,
                                          Sydney (Australia), Vladivostok
                                          (Russia), Wellington (NZ), Yokohama
                                          (Japan)
                   Transportation - note: Inside Passage offers protected
                                          waters from southeast Alaska to
                                          Puget Sound (Washington state)
    
    
     Transnational Issues Pacific Ocean
     ----------------------------------
                Disputes - international: some maritime disputes (see littoral
                                          states)
    
                                         
  
  

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