Definitions for illinoisˌɪl əˈnɔɪ; sometimes -ˈnɔɪz
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Il•li•nois*ˌɪl əˈnɔɪ; sometimes -ˈnɔɪz(n.)
a state in the central United States. 12,419,293; 56,400 sq. mi. (146,075 sq. km).
Category: Geography (places)
Ref: Cap.: Springfield. 3; Abbr.: IL, 1 Ill. 3
a river flowing SW from NE Illinois to the Mississippi River: connected by a canal with Lake Michigan. 273 mi. (440 km) long.
Category: Geography (places)
(used with a pl. v.) the members of a group of American Indian tribes formerly occupying parts of Illinois and adjoining regions westward. the extinct Algonquian language of these people.
* Pron: The pronunciation of Illinois with a final (z), which occurs chiefly among less educated speakers, is least common in Illinois itself, increasing in frequency with distance from the state.
Illinois, Prairie State, Land of Lincoln, IL(noun)
a midwestern state in north-central United States
a member of the Algonquian people formerly of Illinois and regions to the west
the Algonquian language of the Illinois and Miami
Any of a tribe of Native Americans who formerly occupied the region between the Wabash and Mississippi rivers.
Of or relating to the .
A Capital: Springfield. Largest city: Chicago.
Origin: From adaptation of ilenweewa, meaning "they speak normally."
a tribe of North American Indians, which formerly occupied the region between the Wabash and Mississippi rivers
Illinois is a state in the Midwestern United States. It is the 5th most populous and 25th most extensive state, and is often noted as a microcosm of the entire country. With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity in central and northern Illinois, and natural resources like coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a diverse economic base and is a major transportation hub. The Port of Chicago connects the state to other global ports from the Great Lakes, via the Saint Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean; as well as the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River, via the Illinois River. For decades, O'Hare International Airport has been ranked as one of the world's busiest airports. Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms and politics. Although today the state's largest population center is around Chicago originally the state's European population grew first in the west, with French Canadians who settled along the Mississippi River. After the American Revolutionary War established the United States, American settlers began arriving from Kentucky in the 1810s via the Ohio River, and the population grew from south to north. In 1818, Illinois achieved statehood. After construction of the Erie Canal increased traffic and trade through the Great Lakes, Chicago was founded in the 1830s on the banks of the Chicago River, at one of the few natural harbors on southern Lake Michigan. John Deere's invention of the self-scouring steel plow turned Illinois' rich prairie into some of the world's most productive and valuable farmlands, attracting immigrant farmers from Germany and Sweden. Railroads carried immigrants to new homes, as well as being used to ship their commodity crops out to markets.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
an American State as large as England and Wales; has the Mississippi for its western, the Ohio for its southern boundary, with Wisconsin and Lake Michigan in the N. and Indiana on the E.; fourth in population, seventeenth in area; "the Prairie State" is level, well watered, and extremely fertile; has a climate subject to extremes, but, except in the swamps, healthy. It produces enormous quantities of wheat, besides other cereals, of tobacco and temperate fruits. Flour-milling, pork-packing, and distilling are the chief industries. The most extensive coal-deposits in America are in this State; with navigable rivers on its borders, and traversing it Lake Michigan, a great canal, and the largest railway system in the Union, it is admirably situated for commercial development; originally acquired by Britain from the French, who entered it from Canada; it was ceded to the Americans in 1783, and admitted to the Union 1818; the State spends $12,000,000 annually on education, which is compulsory, and has a large and wealthy scientific and agricultural university at Urbana. Springfield (25) is the capital; but Chicago (1,100) is the largest city.
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