an arm of the Atlantic between Great Britain and the European mainland. About 201,000 sq. mi. (520,600 sq. km); greatest depth, 1998 feet (610 meters).
an arm of the Atlantic between Great Britain and the N European mainland. Area: about 569 800 sq km (220 000 sq miles) Former name German Ocean
Old English norðsæ, usually meaning “the Bristol Channel.” The application to the body of water presently so named (late 13c.) is from Dutch (Noordzee, Middle Dutch Noortzee); it lies to the north of Holland, where it was contrasted with the inland Zuider Zee, literally “Southern Sea”). To the Danes, it sometimes was Vesterhavet “West Sea.” In English, this had been typically called the “German Sea” or “German Ocean,” which follows the Roman name for it, Oceanus Germanicus. “German” persisted on some British maps at least into the 1830s.
Arm of the Atlantic Ocean northwest of central Europe.
Note: Oil was discovered under the sea floor in 1970.
- North-sea gas
noun 1. (in Britain) natural gas obtained from deposits below the North Sea
noun 1. the northern coastal area of Alaska, rich in oil and natural gas: so called because it is N of the Brooks Range sloping down to the Arctic Ocean.
- North somerset
/ˈsʌməˌsɛt/ noun 1. a unitary authority of SW England, in Somerset: formerly (1974–96) part of the county of Avon. Pop: 191 400 (2003 est). Area: 375 sq km (145 sq miles)
noun, Astronomy. 1. . noun 1. the North Star, another name for Polaris (sense 1) n. “Pole Star, Polaris,” Middle English norþe sterre (late 14c.); cf. Middle Dutch noirdstern, German nordstern. North Star See Polaris. North Star (Polaris) A star positioned along the line in space that includes the axis of rotation of the Earth. […]