Northeast Passage definition by Webster's New World
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water route from the Atlantic to the Pacific through the seas north of Europe & Asia
Northeast Passage definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A water route along the northern coast of Europe and Asia between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. A goal of navigators since the 15th century, it was first traversed by the Swedish explorer Nils A.E. Nordenskjöld in 1878 to 1880.