Meaning of marine in English:

marine

Pronunciation /məˈriːn/

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adjective

  • 1Relating to or found in the sea.

    ‘marine plants’
    • ‘marine biology’
    • ‘After a period of teaching, he arrived in Wales in 1959 to study marine biology and bio-chemistry.’
    • ‘That included studying marine biology at university and even becoming an actor for a few years, which established his love of the theatre.’
    • ‘Whale Study Week includes boat trips as well as classes in whale biology and general marine ecology.’
    • ‘Tom's marine biology degree shows in his concern for the environment.’
    • ‘The coursework for my degree in marine biology taught me that we know very little about the sea, especially the life in it.’
    • ‘He determined the way oil blocks out light has a more harmful effect on marine plants than ingestion of the oil itself.’
    • ‘Plants also feed the marine life and animals the carnivores among us eat.’
    • ‘Instead, they use sea minerals extracted from marine plants to reduce dimpling and improve skin tone.’
    • ‘Sirenians are vegetarians, feeding on a variety of marine algae and higher plants.’
    • ‘Sea turtles are marine reptile living in salt water but have lungs and they come to the surface to breathe air.’
    • ‘Perhaps, appropriately, his Swedish girlfriend, Boel, is a marine biologist.’
    • ‘Marine biologists have reported a growing number of exotic fish and marine creatures in British waters.’
    • ‘It also damages plants and animals, including the plankton that sustains the marine food chain.’
    • ‘In fact, haddock look positively ferocious compared to these innocuous marine travelers.’
    • ‘Forests are still being cut down, marine life is being destroyed.’
    • ‘This is a centre of marine science excellence in the world, here in Townsville.’
    • ‘His painting of sea and marine organisms had distinct colour patterns and perfect symmetry.’
    • ‘Rock lobster, crab and oysters add to the spread of commercial marine species.’
    • ‘They have an important role in maintaining a balance of marine life on the reef but they do not build structures.’
    • ‘Beyond the increase in activity of the human kind, the dream of Scylla turning into an underwater haven for marine life looks to be turning to fruition.’
    saltwater, seawater, sea, oceanic, aquatic
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    1. 1.1Relating to shipping or naval matters.
      ‘marine insurance’
      • ‘No one was injured and there just happened to be a qualified marine repairman on the dock when we put the boat into its slip.’
      • ‘As almost everyone knows, Trinidad is the place to have marine parts shipped in.’
      • ‘The same procedure is used when placing calls via the marine operator to shoreside telephones.’
      • ‘Marina Hemingway was established there but the campaign to promote marine tourism had just begun.’
      • ‘Should we hire a marine surveyor to inspect the boat once it's returned to us?’
      • ‘Other applications have included beacons for emergency services vehicles and marine navigation lights.’
      • ‘Fortunately, the vast majority of marine assistance cases involve towing, not salvage.’
      • ‘So, who is this marine surveyor, this person upon whom you are placing your trust?’
      • ‘Thirty years ago, the marine industry said boat recall laws would break its back.’
      • ‘It is important to note that most marine companies are dedicated to building safe and reliable products.’
      • ‘What the marine trades must develop, along with the schools, is an apprenticeship program.’
      • ‘The data should prove to be a gold mine to boating groups, government agencies and the marine industry.’
      • ‘If we have to upgrade some of our technology to allow text messaging on marine radio, then let's make it so.’
      • ‘Every year, roughly eight hundred Americans lose their lives in marine accidents.’
      • ‘We do expect to see representatives of marine equipment and services start to show more interest in this area very soon.’
      • ‘He was proud of his service as a marine engineer who became a farmer, then a businessman and above all, a great servant of the people of this area.’
      • ‘He was a marine engineer, a world traveler, and it was from him that I acquired some of my wanderlust.’
      • ‘He left school at 16 with no qualifications and began his career as a marine engineer, at one time working on the Isle of Wight.’
      • ‘In the case of a marine engineer, the highest post is that of a Chief Engineer.’
      • ‘She plays Silly, a Nova Scotian seasprite of girl who is the subject of a marine tragedy of, er, Titanic proportions.’
      maritime, nautical, naval, seafaring, seagoing, ocean-going
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    2. 1.2(of artists or painting) depicting scenes at sea.
      ‘marine painters’
      • ‘With Turner, however, his marine paintings - a third of his output - are the key to his entire oeuvre.’
      • ‘He served as a naval officer in the First World War and by 1945 was the best-known marine artist in Britain.’
      • ‘But today he is known as one of the finest living marine artists in the world.’
      • ‘Born in Antwerp and trained as a marine artist, he excelled in portraying the busy life of ports.’
      • ‘The market leaders in marine painting had moved to London.’
      • ‘The role of seapower in the revolt and after generated the marine painting of van de Velde the Younger and others.’
      • ‘As in most genres of art, the nautical or marine artist is a risk taker.’
      • ‘Close to his home was a little shop owned by a marine painter, Mr. Eugene Boudin.’

noun

  • A member of a body of troops trained to serve on land or sea, in particular (in the UK) a member of the Royal Marines or (in the US) a member of the Marine Corps.

    ‘a contingent of 2,000 marines’
    • ‘Men who are recently out of the army or marines are favored to play hostile gunmen.’
    • ‘Seven other marines from 3 Commando Brigade and four American soldiers also died.’
    • ‘I went to live with my aunt's dad, who was a drill sergeant in the marines, and he tried to turn me into a soldier.’
    • ‘Members of the marines have not always been appreciated by the sailors who served alongside them.’
    • ‘The marines ' assault echelon had three hours to offload before tidefall threatened to beach their ships.’
    • ‘He was alone but managed to look more dangerous than a troop of marines ready to kill.’
    • ‘Iraqi forces ambushed marines when they crossed the Euphrates river near Nassiriya.’
    • ‘The army could see this coming with what the marines have been doing for the last few decades.’
    • ‘By contrast, the marines spent three months patrolling Afghanistan without locating the enemy.’
    • ‘American marines landed in Beirut to ensure the survival of the Lebanon.’
    • ‘The army and the marines have witnessed a similar rise in the number of applicants.’
    • ‘Could they have been reacting like that to news of a strategic redeployment of US marines?’
    • ‘The marines were the first combat troops ashore in Vietnam, the first to die in that confusing war.’
    • ‘It was one of the first objectives of American and British marines when they moved into Southern Iraq.’
    • ‘Yet protesters at Shannon witnessed hundreds of marines in Desert camouflage gear.’
    • ‘At certain junctures, you're given marines under your command to carry out your mission.’
    • ‘American marines defeated Iraqi forces in a battle on the outskirts of Basra.’
    • ‘The marines had been hastily deployed to evacuate British nationals from the anarchy.’
    • ‘With a range of five kilometres, marines can set them up behind advancing troops, clearing the way ahead.’
    • ‘Within a week, the marines will have arrived at the bustling military hub.’

Phrases

    tell that to the marines
    • A scornful expression of disbelief.

      • ‘most intelligent people will ask him to tell that to the marines’
    dead marine
    Australian, New Zealand informal
    • An empty bottle, especially a beer bottle.

      • ‘he threw the dead marines in the garbage tin’
      • ‘"And that's a dead Marine if ever I saw one," chortles Roger in alcoholic mirth, upending the second bottle into Sue's glass.’
      • ‘Eventually the dead marine ale bottle would join the wrappers.’
      • ‘We sat down to curried bullybeef and potatoes, and a dead marine lay nearby.’
      • ‘We had filled a dead marine at the family waterhole.’
      • ‘At the third I really enjoyed it, and there wasn't any fourth because by then the little bottle was a dead marine.’
      • ‘If I have any more beer I reckon Helen will crown me with one of these 'dead marines' I'm trying to hide under my chair.’

Origin

Middle English (as a noun in the sense ‘seashore’): from Old French marin, marine, from Latin marinus, from mare ‘sea’.