Definition of Arctic

1. Noun. The regions to the north of the Arctic Circle centered on the North Pole.

2. Adjective. Of or relating to the Arctic. "The Arctic summer"
Exact synonyms: North-polar
Similar to: Polar
Derivative terms: North Pole

3. Noun. A waterproof overshoe that protects shoes from water or snow.
Exact synonyms: Galosh, Golosh, Gumshoe, Rubber
Generic synonyms: Overshoe

4. Adjective. Extremely cold. "Polar weather"
Exact synonyms: Frigid, Gelid, Glacial, Icy, Polar
Similar to: Cold
Derivative terms: Gelidity

Definition of Arctic

1. a. Pertaining to, or situated under, the northern constellation called the Bear; northern; frigid; as, the arctic pole, circle, region, ocean; an arctic expedition, night, temperature.

2. n. The arctic circle.

Definition of Arctic

1. Proper noun. A region of the Earth above the Arctic Circle, containing the North Pole. ¹

2. Adjective. Of or pertaining to the Arctic. ¹

3. Adjective. Being extremely cold, snowy, or having other properties of extreme winter associated with the Arctic. ¹

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Definition of Arctic

1. a warm, waterproof overshoe [n -S]

Medical Definition of Arctic

1. Pertaining to, or situated under, the northern constellation called the Bear; northern; frigid; as, the arctic pole, circle, region, ocean; an arctic expedition, night, temperature. The arctic circle is a lesser circle, parallel to the equator, 23 deg 28' from the north pole. This and the antarctic circle are called the polar circles, and between these and the poles lie the frigid zones. See Zone. Origin: OE. Artik, OF. Artique, F. Arctique, L. Arcticus, fr. Gr, fr. A bear, also a northern constellation so called; akin to L. Ursus bear, Skr. Ksha. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Arctic Pictures

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Arctic

arctic (current term)
arctic fox
arctic foxes
arctic front
arctic hare
arctic hares
arctic moss
arctic poppy
arctic raspberry
arctic regions
arctic roll
arctic rolls
arctic skua
arctic tern
arctic terns

Literary usage of Arctic

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1. The Quarterly Review by William Gifford, George Walter Prothero, John Gibson Lockhart, John Murray, Whitwell Elwin, John Taylor Coleridge, Rowland Edmund Prothero Ernle, William Macpherson, William Smith (1877)
"arctic Expedition of 1875-6. Reports of Sir George Nan KCB, ... arctic Manual and Instructions; suggested by tlie Ant Committee of the Royal Society. ..."

2. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1875)
"THE NEW arctic EXPEDITION. to be the subject of discussion that evening. In spite of opposition, in spite of discouragement, in spite of the still more ..."

3. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1900)
"One of the most important results of recent arctic exploration is the discovery of a true deep-sea fauna. An address delivered recently to the German ..."

4. OECD Environmental Performance Reviews by OECD Staff, Lorents G. (FRW) Lorentsen (2004)
"In addition, recent studies of arctic ecosystems confirm the extent of accumulation of organic pollutants (eg dioxins, PCBs) and heavy metals, ..."

5. Transactions by Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society, Norwick Eng, Thomas Southwell, Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society (1894)
"The old birds were not nearly so tame as the arctic Terns, but we could see that ... arctic TERN. arctic Terns were in great numbers on Knox and Wide-Opens, ..."

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