Adjective "arctic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to the regions around the North Pole.
  1. 'He was so moved by the beauty and vulnerability of the Antarctic and the Arctic regions that he made a commitment to help preserve these great wilderness area.'
  2. 'The cold, salty Arctic waters are denser than the Gulf Stream, however, and they sink rapidly below the still very strong eastbound current.'
  3. 'He plans to cross into Siberia, using the frozen Arctic waters of the Chukchi Sea as his route.'
  4. 'Polar scientists have recruited an unlikely pair to aid their exploration of freezing Arctic waters: two wild white whales.'
  5. 'Most of the passage had already been charted and the British Admiralty expected that Franklin, a veteran Arctic explorer, would handily chart the rest.'
  6. 'Studying this region will help researchers understand how much and in what ways Arctic glaciers and ice caps are contributing to sea level rise.'
  7. 'Protected by the Alaskan peninsula from cold Arctic waters, the temperature of the ocean off of the Pacific coast varies remarkably little, both across the ecozone at any one time and over the year.'
  8. 'The high mountain ridges protect the Fergana Valley and other lowlands from Arctic air masses, but temperatures drop below freezing more than one-hundred days a year.'
  9. 'Some 40,000 years before, their remote ancestors had crossed the then land bridge across what is now the Bering Straits and gradually migrated by land and water eastwards along the Arctic coast.'
  10. 'While at Berton House, McGoogan completed a first draft of a biographical study on the life of Samuel Hearne, an Arctic explorer whose career began when he was just a lad.'
  11. 'Arctic plants'
  12. 'Such changes directly impact the region's polar bears, since the Arctic predators hunt seals on the winter sea ice and must fast on land during the summer melt.'
  13. 'The plants include Arctic varieties, alpines, orchids and rarities such as gentians and bloody cranesbills.'
  14. 'Northern fulmars are a keystone Arctic species, providing vital nutrients to an otherwise desolate landscape.'
  15. 'How fast do Arctic fishes grow, and at what age/size do they mature?'
  16. 'We think that the specialised high Arctic plants may, in some few places, move up the mountains.'
  17. 'But in other large Arctic animals, such as polar bears and seals, these toxins are known to cause serious health problems.'
  18. 'Led by a Connecticut dentist, a research team says it has unraveled some of the mysteries surrounding the spiral horn grown by the small Arctic whale known as the narwhal.'
  19. 'Also known as golden or Arctic root, it grows in the Arctic regions of eastern Siberia.'
  20. 'Other selection pressures also may contribute and further modify growth rates or developmental patterns of some species of Arctic geese.'
  21. 'Massachusetts is the southernmost part of their breeding range, since they are truly Arctic birds.'
(of weather conditions) very cold.
  1. 'the arctic weather of 1981'
  2. 'But nothing, she shudders, to compare with the arctic conditions on offer in Abroath in February.'
  3. 'Men and women braved the arctic weather conditions and set off on the long trail.'
  4. 'Snow and ice brought East Lancashire's road to a standstill as drivers battled arctic conditions to get home.'
  5. 'Nearly 3,000 pupils were given the day off on Friday after arctic conditions forced some west Wiltshire schools to close.'
  6. 'The couple remained hidden from a crowd of fans who braved arctic conditions on Saturday afternoon to catch a glimpse of their idols.'
  7. 'They have heating too, which is an unexpected bonus given the arctic conditions inside the building.'
  8. 'SIR - I would like to put on record what a fantastic job Bradford Council have done in keeping the roads of Bradford open during the recent arctic weather.'
  9. 'The warmth seemed to hit them, a welcome relief from the arctic conditions that they had endured on their short walk from the hotel.'
  10. 'The arctic conditions that swept across the country left the streets treacherous, especially my home street.'
  11. 'But the arctic conditions we have just experienced are nothing compared to some of the truly awful winters endured by people in the last century.'


The regions around the North Pole.
    A thick waterproof overshoe extending to the ankle or above.
    1. 'In the upper U.S. Midwest, school children know the black rubber, over-the-shoe boot as "four-buckle arctics".'
    A drab-coloured hairy butterfly of the arctic and subarctic regions of the New World.


      1. (often initial capital letter) of, relating to, or located at or near the North Pole: the arctic region.

      2. coming from the North Pole or the arctic region: an arctic wind.

      3. characteristic of the extremely cold, snowy, windy weather north of the Arctic Circle; frigid; bleak: an arctic winter.

      4. suitable for use in the arctic: arctic boots.

      5. extremely cold in manner, atmosphere, etc.: a look of arctic disdain. noun

      6. (often initial capital letter) the region

      More examples(as adjective)

      "circles can be arctic."

      "islands can be arctic."

      "airs can be arctic."

      "oceans can be arctic."

      "refuges can be arctic."

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      Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin arcticus, articus, from Greek arktikos, from arktos ‘bear, Ursa Major, pole star’.