Oasis O"as*is ([=o]"[.a]*s[i^]s or [-o]*[=a]"s[i^]s; 277), n.; pl. {Oases} (-s[=e]z). [L., fr. Gr. 'o`asis; cf. Copt. ouahe.] A fertile or green spot in a waste or desert, esp. in a sandy desert, where the water table approaches the surface. [WordNet sense 1] ``The Arab does not love the desert; the Arab loves the oasis and green fields.'' [1913 Webster]

2. Hence: (fig.) Any refuge from a prevailing stressful, unpleasant, or annoying situation. [WordNet sense 2 & 3]

Syn: haven. [PJC]

My one oasis in the dust and drouth Of city life. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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