arctic


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  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

  1. (often initial capital letter) the region lying north of the Arctic Circle or of the northernmost limit of tree growth; the polar area north of the timber line.
  2. arctics, warm, waterproof overshoes.

adjective

  1. of or relating to the Arcticarctic temperatures
  2. informal cold; freezingthe weather at Christmas was arctic

noun

  1. US a high waterproof overshoe with buckles
  2. (modifier) designed or suitable for conditions of extreme coldarctic clothing

noun

  1. the Arctic or Arctic Zone the regions north of the Arctic Circle

adjective

  1. of or relating to the regions north of the Arctic Circle
adj.

late 14c., artik, from Old French artique, from Medieval Latin articus, from Latin arcticus, from Greek arktikos “of the north,” literally “of the (constellation) Bear,” from arktos “bear; Ursa Major; the region of the north,” the Bear being a northerly constellation. From *rkto-, the usual Indo-European base for “bear” (cf. Avestan aresho, Armenian arj, Albanian ari, Latin ursus, Welsh arth); see bear (n.) for why the name changed in Germanic. The -c- was restored from 1550s. As a noun, “the Arctic regions,” from 1560s.

Region in the northernmost area of the Earth, centered on the North Pole.

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