Arctic definition

ärktĭk, ärtĭk
Extremely cold; frigid.
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A region between the North Pole and the northern timberlines of North America and Eurasia.
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A warm waterproof overshoe.
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Very cold; frigid.
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Of, characteristic of, or near the North Pole or the region around it.
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Arctic is defined as a way to describe something very cold, like freezing icy temperatures or a person’s disinterested or chilly attitude.

A person who ignores another person is an example of being in an Arctic mood.

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An Arctic means a waterproof shoe that is worn over a regular shoe.

Putting on a pair of galoshes over tennis shoes is an example of wearing Arctics.

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The definition of Arctic is a name for anything associated with the North Pole region.

An example is the Arctic Ocean near the North Pole.

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Being extremely cold, snowy, or having other properties of extreme winter associated with the Arctic.

The food was kept very fresh by the arctic temperature setting of the freezer.

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(US) A warm waterproof overshoe.
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A region of the Earth above the Arctic Circle, containing the North Pole.
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Of or pertaining to the Arctic.
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the Arctic
  • the region around the North Pole, including the Arctic Ocean and the lands in it north of the 70° latitude
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
arctic
Plural:
arctics

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the Arctic

Origin of arctic

  • Alteration (influenced by Latin arcticus) of Middle English artik northern from Medieval Latin articus from Latin arcticus from Greek arktikos from arktos bear, the northern constellation Ursa Major r̥tko- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French artique (with -c- reintroduced after Latin in the 17th century), from Latin arcticus, from Ancient Greek ἀρκτικός (arktikos, “northern, of the (Great) Bear”), from ἄρκτος (arktos, “bear, Ursa Major”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Old French artique, from Ancient Greek ἀρκτικός (arktikos, “of the bear, northern”), a reference to the northerly constellation Ursa Major, from ἄρκτος (arktos, “bear”).

    From Wiktionary