What does Africa mean?

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ˈæf rɪ kəAfrica

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Africa(noun)

    the second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean


  1. Africa(ProperNoun)

    The continent that is south of Europe, east of the Atlantic Ocean, west of the Indian Ocean and north of Antarctica. It holds the following countries:


  1. Africa

    Africa is the world's second-largest and second-most-populous continent. At about 30.2 million km² including adjacent islands, it covers six percent of the Earth's total surface area and 20.4 percent of the total land area. With 1.0 billion people, it accounts for about 15% of the world's human population. The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, both the Suez Canal and the Red Sea along the Sinai Peninsula to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The continent includes Madagascar and various archipelagoes. It has 54 fully recognized sovereign states, 9 territories and two de facto independent states with limited or no recognition. Africa's name is derived from an ancient area in modern day Tunisia known as Ifriqiya or sunny place, in Tamazight. Africa, particularly central Eastern Africa, is widely accepted as the origin of humans and the Hominidae clade, as evidenced by the discovery of the earliest hominids and their ancestors, as well as later ones that have been dated to around seven million years ago – including Sahelanthropus tchadensis, Australopithecus africanus, A. afarensis, Homo erectus, H. habilis and H. ergaster – with the earliest Homo sapiens found in Ethiopia being dated to circa 200,000 years ago. Africa straddles the equator and encompasses numerous climate areas; it is the only continent to stretch from the northern temperate to southern temperate zones.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Africa

    one of the five great divisions of the globe, three times larger than Europe, seven-tenths of it within the torrid zone, and containing over 200,000,000 inhabitants of more or less dark-skinned races. It was long a terra incognita, but it is now being explored in all directions, and attempts are everywhere made to bring it within the circuit of civilisation. It is being parcelled out by European nations, chiefly Britain, France, and Germany, and with more zeal and appliance of resource by Britain than any other.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Africa

    From the Phœnician afer, a black man, and the Sanskrit ac, earth, land, country. This great continent is the natural home of the blacks--the negroes of North America and the West Indian Islands being descended from the slaves carried thither from the west coast of Africa since the time of the original slave trader, Sir John Hawkins, in 1562.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Africa' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1298

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Africa' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2372

How to pronounce Africa?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say Africa in sign language?

  1. africa


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Africa in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Africa in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Africa in a Sentence

  1. Robert Redfield:

    This moment is Africa's to celebrate and to savor, and I want you to know The CDC stands with you today, until the day that polio is finally eradicated, robert Redfield have demonstrated how much can be achieved when determination, partnership and resources come together, no matter the circumstances.

  2. Stephen Townsend:

    The work that our U.S. forces are doing in East Africa bolsters partnerships, counters malign influence, and maintains critical pressure on terrorist networks, our efforts directly contribute to counterterrorism, maritime surveillance, and intelligence sharing missions with our Kenyan partners. This activity enables enhanced security and stability in the region and for Sunday US.

  3. Han Chen:

    Policy on renewable projects is weak or non-existent in Africa, in China, environmental standards are pretty high, while South Africa or Kenya, for example, have energy policies that make South Africa easier for investors to get involved.

  4. John Campbell:

    Lake Chad is important because of Lake Chad physical location. It is part of the Lake Chad basin. It also borders on Sudan and Libya. It's literally right in the heart of a part of Africa where the security challenges are severe, the second point is that Chad for a long time has had an important security relationship with France. There are French military forces stationed in Lake Chad and the Chadian military has received quite good training from them.

  5. Mike McCaul:

    When you project weakness throughout the world and you have a failed foreign policy, this is what you get, and now we have chaos in the Middle East, have ISIS taking over Iraq, Syria, Northern Africa, Egypt. Now we have the Russiansin there; it has presented a very complicated strategy moving forward in terms of protecting the American people.

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(used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
  • A. pecuniary
  • B. tenebrous
  • C. splay
  • D. askant

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