1. Of, relating to, or adjacent to the sea.
2. Of or relating to marine shipping or navigation. See Synonyms at nautical.
3. Of or resembling a mariner.
a. Of or relating to the relatively moist air typically found or originating over large bodies of water.
b. Of or relating to climates whose seasonal variation in temperatures is moderated by large bodies of water nearby.
[Latin maritimus, from mare, mari-, sea; see mori- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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