South sea


South sea
pacific pa*cif"ic, a. [L. pacificus: cf. F. pacifique. See {Pacify}.] Of or pertaining to peace; of a peaceful character; not warlike; not quarrelsome; as, a pacific nature or condition. [WordNet sense 3]

Syn: peaceable. [1913 Webster]

2. Promoting peace; suited to make or restore peace; conciliatory; as, pacific words or acts. [WordNet sense 1]

Syn: irenic. [WordNet 1.5]

3. of or pertaining to the {Pacific Ocean}; as, Pacific islands. [WordNet 1.5]

{Pacific Ocean}, the ocean between America and Asia, so called by Magellan, its first European navigator, on account of the exemption from violent tempests which he enjoyed while sailing over it; -- called also, simply, the {Pacific}, and, formerly, the {South sea}. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Peacemaking; appeasing; conciliatory; tranquil; calm; quiet; peaceful; reconciling; mild; gentle. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.