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Webster 1913 Edition


Antarctic

Ant-arc′tic

,
Adj.
[OE.
antartik
, OF.
antartique
, F.
antarctique
, L.
antarcticus
, fr. Gr. [GREEK];
ἀντί
+
ἄρκτοσ
bear. See
Arctic
.]
Opposite to the northern or arctic pole; relating to the southern pole or to the region near it, and applied especially to a circle, distant from the pole 23° 28′. Thus we say the antarctic pole, circle, ocean, region, current, etc.

Webster 1828 Edition


Antarctic

ANTARC'TIC

,
Adj.
[Gr. against, and the bear, a northern constellation.]
Opposite to the northern or arctic pole; relating to the southern pole or to the region near it, and applied especially to a lesser circle, distant from the pole 23 degrees 28'. Thus we say the antarctic pole, antarctic circle, or antarctic region.

Definition 2022


Antarctic

Antarctic

See also: antarctic

English

Usage notes

  • The word was originally pronounced without /k/, but the spelling pronunciation has become the more common one. The "c" was originally added to the spelling for etymological reasons, and its pronunciation returned thereafter.

Adjective

Antarctic (comparative more Antarctic, superlative most Antarctic)

  1. (obsolete) Southern.
  2. Of, from, or pertaining to Antarctica and the south polar regions.
  3. (figuratively) Opposite, contradictory.

Derived terms

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Proper noun

Antarctic

  1. One of the major ecozones of the world, covering the south polar regions.

Translations

See also

antarctic

antarctic

See also: Antarctic

English

Adjective

antarctic (comparative more antarctic, superlative most antarctic)

  1. Alternative spelling of Antarctic