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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Greece, Hellenic Republic, Ellasnoun

    a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil

  2. Greecenoun

    ancient Greece; a country of city-states (especially Athens and Sparta) that reached its peak in the fifth century BCE


  1. Greecenoun

    Country in southeastern Europe having borders with Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Turkey. Member state of the European Union since 1981. Official name: Hellenic Republic ().

    Etymology: From Graecia, from Γραικός; a character in Greek mythology, the son of , the king of , from whom Ἑλλάς and Ἕλληνες got their names.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Greece

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  2. Greece

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  1. Greece

    Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, is a country in Southeast Europe. According to the 2011 census, Greece's population is around 11 million. Athens is the nation's capital and largest city, its urban area also including Piraeus. Greece is strategically located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa and has land borders with Albania, the Republic of Macedonia, and Bulgaria to the north and Turkey to the northeast. The Aegean Sea lies to the east of mainland Greece, the Ionian Sea to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Greece has the 11th longest coastline in the world at 13,676 km in length, featuring a vast number of islands, including Crete, the Dodecanese, the Cyclades, and the Ionian Islands among others. Eighty percent of Greece consists of mountains, of which Mount Olympus is the highest at 2,917 m. Modern Greece traces its roots to the civilization of Ancient Greece, generally considered the cradle of Western civilization. As such, it is the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, Western literature and historiography, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, and Western drama, including both tragedy and comedy. This legacy is partly reflected in the 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Greece, ranking it 7th in Europe and 13th in the world. Greek language, culture, and identity emerged early in human history, having endured centuries of significant political and social change, including foreign domination. The modern Greek state, which encompasses much of the historical core of Greek civilization, was established in 1830, following the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Greece

    a kingdom of S. Europe occupying the southern portion of a peninsula which projects into the Mediterranean between the peninsula of Italy and the mainland of Turkey in Asia; the N. is bounded by Turkey in Europe; it is made up of the N. and S. divisions connected by the narrow and canalled isthmus of Corinth, the Ionian Islands in the W., and the Cyclades and Sporades in the E.; it is a mountainous region, and many of the peaks are rich in classic associations, e. g. Olympus, Parnassus, and Helicon; the rivers are of no great size, and the lakes though numerous are inconsiderable; in the valleys the soil is fertile and agriculture is actively engaged in, although the methods adopted are still somewhat primitive; but favoured by a delightful climate the vine, olive, and other fruit-trees flourish; currants are the chief article of export, and textiles and cereals the principal imports; milling, dyeing, distilling, and tanning are important industries; various minerals are found, and the marble from Paros is famed as the finest for statue carving; there is a considerable mercantile marine, and a busy shipping trade of a small kind among the islands and along the deeply indented coast, and also valuable coral and sponge fisheries; the government is a limited and hereditary monarchy, and the legislative power is vested in an elected chamber of, at least, 150 paid representatives, called the Boul[=e]; universal suffrage obtains, and the period of election is for four years; the bulk of the people belong to the established Greek Church, but in Thessaly and Epirus there are about 25,000 Mohammedans; education is free and compulsory, but is badly administered, and a good deal of illiteracy exists; the glory of Greece lies in her past, in the imperishable monuments of her ancient literature and art; by 146 B.C. she had fallen before the growing power of the Romans and along with the rest of the Byzantine or Eastern empire was overrun by the Turks in A.D. 1453; her renascence as a modern nation took place between 1821 and 1829, when she threw off the Turkish yoke and reasserted her independence, which she had anew to attempt by arms in 1897, this time with humiliation and defeat, till the other powers of Europe came to the rescue, and put a check to the arrogance of the high-handed Turk.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. greece

    The ancient Græcia, a maritime country in the southeast of Europe. In the early ages the Greeks were governed by monarchs; but the monarchical power gradually decreased, and the love of liberty led to the establishment of the republican form of government. No part of Greece, except Macedonia, remained in the hands of an absolute sovereign. The expedition of the Argonauts first, and, in the succeeding age, the wars of Thebes and Troy, gave opportunity to their warriors, who afterwards ranked as heroes and demigods, to display their valor in the field of battle. The spirit of Greece, however, was crushed by the Romans; and in 1718 she became a Turkish province. In 1821 the ancient spirit seemed to have revived in the modern Greeks, and they determined to be free. The struggle was severe and protracted; but, by the interference of the great European powers, the Turks were forced to acknowledge Greece an independent state in 1829.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Greece

    Called Græcia by the Romans, after the Graikoi, a tribe of settlers in Epiros.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Greece in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Greece in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Greece in a Sentence

  1. Joe Saluzzi:

    You have a headline-driven market that moves every time there's a headline on Greece, it doesn't shock me, yet it doesn't make any sense.

  2. Ian Stannard:

    If Greece has to put capital controls in place, that is going to have a real big impact on markets and that will generate increased volatility.

  3. Karine Hirn:

    There is still too much uncertainty in the markets and investors would be watching developments in Greece and China very carefully before jumping in.

  4. German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

    I'm still convinced: where there's a will, there's a way, if those in charge in Greece can muster the will, an agreement ... is still possible.

  5. Junichi Ishikawa:

    With worries over the Chinese economy slowing down and risks from Greece still in place, further evidence of continuing recovery in the U.S. economy will be needed if risk appetite is to recover fully.

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    used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner
    • A. butch
    • B. incumbent
    • C. appellative
    • D. aculeate

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