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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Dimash, Damascus, capital of Syria(noun)

    an ancient city (widely regarded as the world's oldest) and present capital and largest city of Syria; according to the New Testament, the Apostle Paul (then known as Saul) underwent a dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus


  1. Damascus(prop. n.)

    The capital city of Syria. Population (2000) = 1,549,932.


  1. Damascus(ProperNoun)

    The capital city of Syria.

  2. Origin: From Damascus, from Δαμασκός, from דרמשק.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Damascus(noun)

    a city of Syria


  1. Damascus

    Damascus, commonly known in Syria as ash-Sham and nicknamed as the City of Jasmine, is the capital and the second largest city of Syria after Aleppo. It borders Quneitra, Daraa and As-Suwayda to the south, Jordan to the east, Homs to the north, and Lebanon to the west. It is also the capital city of one of the country's 14 governorates. In addition to being one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Damascus is a major cultural and religious center of the Levant. The city has an estimated population of 1,711,000. Located in southwestern Syria, Damascus is the center of a large metropolitan area of 2.6 million people. Geographically embedded on the eastern foothills of the Anti-Lebanon mountain range 80 kilometres inland from the eastern shore of the Mediterranean on a plateau 680 metres above sea-level, Damascus experiences a semi-arid climate due to the rain shadow effect. The Barada River flows through Damascus. First settled in the second millennium BC, it was chosen as the capital of the Umayyad Caliphate from 661 to 750. After the victory of the Abbasid dynasty, the seat of Islamic power was moved to Baghdad. Damascus saw a political decline throughout the Abbasid era, only to regain significant importance in the Ayyubid and Mamluk periods. During Ottoman rule, the city decayed completely while maintaining a certain cultural prestige. Today, it is the seat of the central government and all of the government ministries. During the ongoing civil war in Syria, Damascus has witnessed intense anti-government protests and violent government responses in which thousands of people have died.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Damascus

    the capital of Syria, one of the oldest cities in the world; stands 2260 ft. above the sea-level; is a great centre of the caravan trade; is embosomed in the midst of gardens and orchards, hence its appearance as the traveller approaches it is most striking; its history goes as far back as the days of Abraham; it was the scene of two great events in human destiny—the conversion of St. Paul, and, according to Moslem tradition, a great decisive moment in the life of Mahomet, when he resolutely turned his back once for all on the pleasures of the world.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of damascus in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of damascus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sarkis Naoum:

    We will see under the plan B what he will retain, it might be impossible for him in the long term to retain Damascus, Aleppo or Hama. He will have the coastal area including Homs.

  2. Geoffrey Adams:

    We urge Syria to use the opportunity of the team's next visit to Damascus to provide credible evidence and documentation to support its assurances that it has fully abandoned its chemical weapons program.

  3. Jennifer Cafarella:

    First, by dispatching expeditionary ISIS cells to areas such as Damascus and Lebanon, which can be activated and augmented at a later date, in addition, ISIS seeks to recruit local successful jihadist groups globally in areas such as Libya and Egypt, to bring them into the ISIS fold.

  4. Noah Bonsey:

    There has clearly been substantial investment by the regime and its backers in this offensive, so it's notable that the opposition has been able to slow their progress, the fight for key ground south of Damascus will continue, however, and much is at stake for both sides and their backers.

  5. Greg Dyke:

    I don't believe he went on any sort of moral basis because I don't believe that's the man, i just don't think he's the sort of person who would suddenly have had a moral conversion on the road to Damascus and said, 'Oh maybe I'm not the right person for football'. He would have hung on forever so clearly something has happened.

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