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kəˈlʌm bi əco·lum·bia

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Columbia, Columbia Rivernoun

    a North American river; rises in southwestern Canada and flows southward across Washington to form the border between Washington and Oregon before emptying into the Pacific; known for its salmon runs in the spring

  2. Columbianoun

    a town in west central Tennessee

  3. Columbia, capital of South Carolinanoun

    capital and largest city in South Carolina; located in central South Carolina

  4. Columbianoun

    a university town in central Missouri

  5. Columbia University, Columbianoun

    a university in New York City


  1. Columbianoun

    America; the United States; an appellation given in honor of Columbus, the discoverer.

  2. Columbianoun

    The female personification of the USA.

  3. Columbianoun

    The capital and largest city of South Carolina.

  4. Columbianoun

    A city in Missouri

  5. Columbianoun

    Shortened form of Columbia University.

  6. Columbianoun

    Columbia Rediviva, a famous American sailing ship

  7. Columbianoun

    The space shuttle Columbia, named after the sailing ship

  8. Etymology: From Christopher Columbus, the latinized name (whether from Italian (Colombo?), Spanish Colón or still another Romance language is disputed) of the European Renaissance (re?)discoverer of the Americas.


  1. columbia

    1) Columbia as a country: Columbia is a South American country known for its diverse culture, geography, and ethnically diverse population. Its capital city is Bogota. 2) Columbia as a city: Columbia is also the name of various cities and towns in the United States, the most well-known perhaps being Columbia, South Carolina, the state's capital. 3) Columbia as a university: Columbia University is an Ivy League research university located in New York City, well-known for its programs in areas like law, business, medicine, and arts and sciences. 4) Columbia as a poetic national personification and historical name used to describe the Americas and the United States. 5) Columbia as a space shuttle: The Columbia space shuttle was the first space-rated orbiter in NASA's Space Shuttle fleet. 6) Columbia in business: Columbia is also the name of various companies, such as Columbia Sportswear, a company that manufactures and distributes outerwear and sports equipment, and Columbia Records, one of the biggest record labels in the world. In general, without context, "Columbia" lacks a clear definition as its interpretation is dependent on its associated context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Columbianoun

    america; the United States; -- a poetical appellation given in honor of Columbus, the discoverer


  1. Columbia

    Columbia is the state capital and largest city in the State of South Carolina. The population was 129,272 according to the 2010 census. The 2012 United States Census estimates put the city at 131,686. Columbia is the county seat of Richland County, but a portion of the city extends into neighboring Lexington County. The city is the center of a metropolitan statistical area of 784,745, the second-largest within the state. The name "Columbia" was a poetic term for the Americas derived from Christopher Columbus. Located 13 miles northwest of South Carolina's geographic center, Columbia is the primary city of the Midlands region of South Carolina, which comprises several counties in the central portion of the state. The city lies at the confluence of two rivers, the Saluda and the Broad, which merge at Columbia to form the Congaree River, which is popular with paddlers and kayakers in the area. The state's flagship and largest university, the University of South Carolina, is located in Columbia. Historically, the city was the location of the South Carolina Secession Convention, which marked the departure of the first state from the Union in the events leading up to the Civil War.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Columbia

    a district of 70 sq. m. in the State of Maryland, U.S., in which Washington, the capital of the Union, stands.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. columbia

    The capital of South Carolina, situated on the left bank of the Congaree River. It was taken by Gen. Sherman’s army, February 17, 1865, and was then much injured by fire.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Columbia is ranked #28049 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Columbia surname appeared 854 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Columbia.

    92.1% or 787 total occurrences were White.
    5.5% or 47 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 12 total occurrences were Black.
    0.5% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Columbia in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Columbia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Columbia in a Sentence

  1. Susan Yurkovich:

    Our fiber supply picture is declining in the province of British Columbia at a time when we're running into a picture of very strong demand, parks and protected areas are a huge piece, so it's not like you can just say all of a sudden we're going to lift up the cut. And frankly, you don't want to do that because we are an industry that is going to be around for generations if we harvest at a sustainable level. So, for the midterm, British Columbia is going to have less lumber going into the US marketplace.

  2. Park Police:

    The investigation into this incident is being handled by the Metropolitan Police Department and reviewed by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. An administrative review of this incident is being conducted by the Department of the Interior.

  3. Roger Stone:

    Roger Stone replied that Roger Stone was doing everything possible to address the issues at the highest level of Government. Pentagon Papers showe the extent of the FBIs surveillance, which included monitoring essentially all of Stones Apple services, from email to browsing history. Utility bills, address books, WhatsApp messages -- all were also under the bureaus review. Additionally, records illustrate the Trump campaigns curiosity about what information WikiLeaks was going to make public -- and reinforce Robert Muellers conclusion that the Donald Trump team didnt conspire with WikiLeaks or Russian hackers to obtain the materials.Former White House adviser Steve Bannon told Robert Muellers team under questioning that Steve Bannon had asked Stone about WikiLeaks because Robert Muellers had heard that Roger Stone had a channel to Assange, and he was hoping for more releases of damaging information. Muellers investigation identifiedcontacts during the 2016 campaign between Donald Trump associates and Russians, but did not identify any conspiracy to tip the outcome of the presidential election. The lengthy investigation fueled numerous conspiracy theories that aired regularly on MSNBC and CNN, as well as in print inThe Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere. FILE - This Feb. 21, 2019, file courtroom sketch shows former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, Roger Stone talking from the witness stand as prosecution attorney Jonathan Kravis, standing left, Stone's attorney Bruce Rogow, third from right, and Judge Amy Berman Jackson listen, during a court hearing at the U.S. District Courthouse in Washington. Jonathan Kravis will run a new public corruption unit at the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General, which has jurisdiction over juvenile offenses as well as misdemeanor crimes. ( Dana Verkouteren via Associated Press, File) In a statement Tuesday, Roger Stone acknowledged that the search warrant affidavits contain private communication, but insisted that they prove no crimes. I have no trepidation about their release as they confirm there was no illegal activity and certainly no Russian collusion by me during the 2016 Election.

  4. Justice Department:

    At least 46 states and the District of Columbia have statutes with penalties for bias-motivated crimes.

  5. Daniel Griffin:

    It didn't seem to set off any alarms, and I think part of Columbia University Medical Center was that this is a happily married man, works in an office. He had no reported risk factors that would have raised someone's concern, which is unfortunate.

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