What does California mean?

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

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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. California(ProperNoun)

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

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

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

How to pronounce California?

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How to say California in sign language?

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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. The FBI:

    The incarcerated fraudsters — who typically bribe guards to acquire cell phones — would choose an affluent area such as Beverly Hills, California, they would search the Internet to learn the correct area code and telephone dialing prefix. Then, with nothing but time on their hands, they would start dialing numbers in sequence, trolling for victims.

  2. Matt Bruce:

    It is important to remember, just because the sale of foie gras is legal in the state of California, the production of foie gras is still illegal.

  3. Jerry Brown:

    We're not finger-pointing here. We're all in the same boat. Everyone loves California -- I certainly do. I want to see California thrive. I want to see healthy forests and I want to go and have a steak dinner when the governor retires.

  4. California Highway Patrol:

    It is believed they continued south along US 101 until they reached State Route 1 in Leggett, California. The family traveled south along State Route 1 until they reached the Fort Bragg area in Mendocino County around 8:00pm on Saturday evening, March 24, 2018.

  5. Jeffrey Kightlinger:

    What we're really trying to do is get a change in people's hearts and minds, we really want people to shift how they think about outdoor water usage, their garden and their lifestyle in Southern California.

Images & Illustrations of California

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