from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to the sea.
  • adjective Native to, inhabiting, or formed by the sea.
  • adjective Relating to a system of oceanic habitats coextensive with the continental shelf, ranging from deep water to unprotected coastlines and characterized along its landward edge by exposure to wave action and tidal currents and by the absence of trees, shrubs, or emergent vegetation.
  • adjective Of or relating to shipping or maritime affairs.
  • adjective Of or relating to sea navigation; nautical: synonym: nautical.
  • adjective Of or relating to troops that serve at sea as well as on land, specifically the US Marine Corps.
  • noun A soldier serving on a ship or at a naval installation.
  • noun A member of the US Marine Corps.
  • noun The mercantile or naval ships or shipping fleet of a country.
  • noun The governmental department in charge of naval affairs in some nations.
  • noun A painting or photograph of the sea.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In heraldry, having the lower part of the body like the tail of a fish: said of any beast. Compare sea-lion.
  • Of or pertaining to the sea; characteristic of the sea; existing in or formed by the sea: as, a marine picture or view; the marine fauna and flora; marine deposits left by ancient seas; marine tides.
  • Relating to or connected with the sea; used or adapted for use at sea; acting or operating at sea: as, a marine chart; a marine league; a marine engine; marine forces.
  • Relating to navigation or shipping; maritime; nautical; naval.
  • In zoology, technically, inhabiting the high seas; oceanic; pelagic: distinguished from maritime or littoral.
  • noun The sea-shore.
  • noun Shipping in general; the maritime interest as represented by ships; sea-going vessels considered collectively, either in the aggregate or as regards nationality or class: as, the mercantile marine of a country; the naval marine.
  • noun In France, specifically, the naval establishment; the national navy and its adjuncts: as, the minister of marine, or of the marine.
  • noun A soldier who serves on board of a man-of-war; one of a body of troops enlisted to do military service on board of ships or at dockyards.
  • noun An empty bottle. See the quotation.
  • noun In painting, a sea-piece; a marine view.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A solider serving on shipboard; a sea soldier; one of a body of troops trained to do duty in the navy.
  • noun A member of the United States Marine Corps, or a similar foreign military force.
  • noun The sum of naval affairs; naval economy; the department of navigation and sea forces; the collective shipping of a country.
  • noun A picture representing some marine subject.
  • noun [Colloq.] an expression of disbelief, the marines being regarded by sailors as credulous.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the sea; having to do with the ocean, or with navigation or naval affairs; nautical
  • adjective (Geol.) Formed by the action of the currents or waves of the sea.
  • adjective (Chem.), [Obs.] hydrochloric acid.
  • adjective See under Barometer.
  • adjective a corps formed of the officers, noncommissioned officers, privates, and musicants of marines.
  • adjective (Mech.) a steam engine for propelling a vessel.
  • adjective See under Glue.
  • adjective insurance against the perils of the sea, including also risks of fire, piracy, and barratry.
  • adjective interest at any rate agreed on for money lent upon respondentia and bottomry bonds.
  • adjective See under Law.
  • adjective three geographical miles.
  • adjective an alloy of lead, antimony, and mercury, made for sheathing ships.
  • adjective cocoanut oil soap; -- so called because, being quite soluble in salt water, it is much used on shipboard.
  • adjective [Eng.] a store where old canvas, ropes, etc., are bought and sold; a junk shop.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of, or pertaining to, the sea (marine biology, marine insurance.)
  • noun A member of a marine corps.
  • noun : A marine corps.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of or relating to military personnel who serve both on land and at sea (specifically the U.S. Marine Corps)
  • adjective relating to or involving ships or shipping or navigation or seamen
  • noun a member of the United States Marine Corps
  • adjective relating to or characteristic of or occurring on or in the sea


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English marin, marine, from Old French, from Latin marīnus, from mare, sea; see mori- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Recorded since c.1420, from Middle French marin, from Old French, from Latin marinus ("of the sea"), itself from mare ("sea"), from Proto-Indo-European *móri (“body of water, lake”) (cognate with Old English mere ("sea, lake, pool, pond"), Dutch meer, German Meer, all from Proto-Germanic *mari).


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