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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Cal•i•for•niaˌkæl əˈfɔrn yə, -ˈfɔr ni ə(n.)

  1. a state in the W United States, on the Pacific coast. 33,871,648; 158,693 sq. mi. (411,015 sq. km).

    Category: Geography (places)

    Ref: Cap.: Sacramento. 1; Abbr.: CA, 2 Cal., 4 Calif. 2

  2. Gulf of, an arm of the Pacific Ocean, extending NW between the coast of W Mexico and the peninsula of Baja California. ab. 750 mi. (1207 km) long; 62,600 sq. mi. (162,100 sq. km).

    Category: Geography (places)

Cal`i•for′nian(adj.; n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. California, Golden State, CA, Calif.(noun)

    a state in the western United States on the Pacific; the 3rd largest state; known for earthquakes

Wiktionary

  1. California(ProperNoun)

    A western coastal state of the United States of America. Capital: Sacramento.

  2. Origin: Probably after California, a Utopian island of the Amazons described in Las Sergas de Esplandián, a 16th century Spanish novel.

Freebase

  1. California

    California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States. It is the most populous U.S. state, home to 1 out of 8 Americans, and is the third largest state by area. It is home to the nation's second and fifth largest census statistical areas, and eight of the nation's 50 most populated cities. The capital city is Sacramento. California is bordered by Oregon to the north, Nevada to the east, and Arizona to the southeast. California is also bordered by Baja California, a state of Mexico, to the south. California's diverse geography ranges from the Pacific Coast in the west, to the Sierra Nevada in the east – from the Redwood–Douglas-fir forests of the northwest, to the Mojave Desert areas in the southeast. The center of the state is dominated by the Central Valley, a major agricultural area. California contains both the highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States, and has the 3rd longest coastline of all states. Earthquakes are a common occurrence due to the state's location along the Pacific Ring of Fire: about 37,000 are recorded annually.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. California

    the most south-westerly State in the American Union; occupies the Pacific seaboard between Oregon and Mexico, and is bounded landward by Nevada and Arizona. It is the second largest State, larger by a quarter than the United Kingdom. In the N. the rainfall is excessive, and winters severe; in the S. there is little rain, and a delightful climate. Wheat is the most important product; the grape and all manner of fruits grow luxuriantly. Mineral wealth is great: it is the foremost State for gold and quicksilver; lead, silver, copper, iron, sulphur, coal, and many other minerals abound. The industries include brandy and sugar manufactures, silk-growing, shipbuilding, and fishing. All products are exported, eastward by the great Central, Union, and Southern Pacific railroads; and seaward, the chief port being San Francisco, the largest city, as Sacramento is the capital of the State. The Yosemite Valley, in the Sierra Nevada, through which falls the Merced River, is the most wonderful gorge in the world. Captured from Mexico in 1847, the discovery of gold next year raised great excitement, and brought thousands of adventurers from all over the world. Constituted a State in 1850, the original lawlessness gradually gave way to regular administration, and progress has since been steady and rapid.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'california' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4152

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