What does California mean?

Definitions for California
ˌkæl əˈfɔrn yə, -ˈfɔr ni əCal·i·for·ni·a

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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. Californianoun

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

  2. Etymology: 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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. california

    (from the Spanish Caliente Fornalla, “hot furnace,” in allusion to the climate). Was discovered by Cortez in 1537; others say Cabrillo in 1542; and visited by Sir Francis Drake, who named it New Albion in 1579. The Spaniards established missionary and military stations in California, 1698; it became subject to Mexico in 1823; became independent in 1836; occupied by the army of the United States in 1846; ceded to the United States, 1848; admitted into the Union as a sovereign State, 1850.

Etymology and Origins

  1. California

    Called by Cortez Caliente Fornalla, or “hot furnace,” on account of its climate.

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of California in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of California in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of California in a Sentence

  1. Michael Hayford:

    It made sense to [ utilize ] the capacity into the non-alcoholic space as we work our way into California.

  2. Will Trump:

    In two weeks, I'm going to a location, it's going to be in California. Believe it or not, they were begging us to build in San Diego, begging us to build a wall. And we're just in the process of completing a major stretch of many miles of wall. And we're going to have a news conference there just to show people that ... it's really good stuff.

  3. Carole Scofield:

    Carole Scofield told the news station Carole Scofield thinks this is the second time this same bear has broken into their home looking for food. The first time it broke down their front door. In total, the couple said they have had trouble with bears on six different occasions during the 20 years they’ve lived in South Lake Tahoe. Lesa Johnston, with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, told KOLO8 that bears normally rummage through trash cans in search of food, but they're also known to look elsewhere. At some point in the bears' life, they gain some type of food reward by breaking in a cabin or a home, so they remember that, so the behavior is likely to be repeated, Lesa Johnston said. We are very lucky, both major break-ins, we were very lucky. I know a lot of people have not been. It has been very, very costly.

  4. Matthew Benson:

    They (California) have the mirror image—50 percent renewable mandate in place and their electricity rates are increasing at three times the national average, so, I think for Arizona, businesses, and other leaders, that's an example of what we don't want to replicate here.

  5. Victor Aureliano Martinez:

    Two weeks before this murder, Santa Maria police officers arrested him for possession of meth, and you know what we had to do? We had to cite him out. That's the problem with this system. This is not just in Santa Maria. This is all over the state of California and all over the United States.

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