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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Co•lum•bi•akəˈlʌm bi ə(n.)

  1. a river in SW Canada and the NW United States, flowing S and W from SE British Columbia through Washington along the boundary between Washington and Oregon and into the Pacific. 1214 mi. (1955 km) long.

    Category: Geography (places)

  2. the capital of South Carolina, in the central part. 112,773.

    Category: Geography (places)

  3. a city in central Missouri. 64,330.

    Category: Geography (places)

  4. a city in central Maryland. 52,518.

    Category: Geography (places)

  5. the United States of America.

  6. the first space shuttle to orbit and return to earth.

    Category: Aerospace

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Columbia, Columbia River(noun)

    a North American river; rises in southwestern Canada and flows southward across Washington to form the border between Washington and Oregon before emptying into the Pacific; known for its salmon runs in the spring

  2. Columbia(noun)

    a town in west central Tennessee

  3. Columbia, capital of South Carolina(noun)

    capital and largest city in South Carolina; located in central South Carolina

  4. Columbia(noun)

    a university town in central Missouri

  5. Columbia University, Columbia(noun)

    a university in New York City


  1. Columbia(ProperNoun)

    America; the United States; an appellation given in honor of Columbus, the discoverer.

  2. Columbia(ProperNoun)

    The female personification of the USA.

  3. Columbia(ProperNoun)

    The capital and largest city of South Carolina.

  4. Columbia(ProperNoun)

    A city in Missouri

  5. Columbia(ProperNoun)

    Shortened form of Columbia University.

  6. Columbia(ProperNoun)

    Columbia Rediviva, a famous American sailing ship

  7. Columbia(ProperNoun)

    The space shuttle Columbia, named after the sailing ship

  8. Origin: From Christopher Columbus, the latinized name (whether from Italian (Colombo?), Spanish Colón or still another Romance language is disputed) of the European Renaissance (re?)discoverer of the Americas.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Columbia(noun)

    america; the United States; -- a poetical appellation given in honor of Columbus, the discoverer


  1. Columbia

    Columbia is the state capital and largest city in the State of South Carolina. The population was 129,272 according to the 2010 census. The 2012 United States Census estimates put the city at 131,686. Columbia is the county seat of Richland County, but a portion of the city extends into neighboring Lexington County. The city is the center of a metropolitan statistical area of 784,745, the second-largest within the state. The name "Columbia" was a poetic term for the Americas derived from Christopher Columbus. Located 13 miles northwest of South Carolina's geographic center, Columbia is the primary city of the Midlands region of South Carolina, which comprises several counties in the central portion of the state. The city lies at the confluence of two rivers, the Saluda and the Broad, which merge at Columbia to form the Congaree River, which is popular with paddlers and kayakers in the area. The state's flagship and largest university, the University of South Carolina, is located in Columbia. Historically, the city was the location of the South Carolina Secession Convention, which marked the departure of the first state from the Union in the events leading up to the Civil War.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Columbia

    a district of 70 sq. m. in the State of Maryland, U.S., in which Washington, the capital of the Union, stands.

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