What does Michigan mean?

Definitions for Michigan
ˈmɪʃ ɪ gənmichi·gan

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Michigan, Wolverine State, Great Lakes State, MInoun

    a midwestern state in north central United States in the Great Lakes region

  2. Lake Michigan, Michigannoun

    the 3rd largest of the Great Lakes; the largest freshwater lake entirely within the United States borders

  3. Michigan, Chicago, Newmarket, boodle, stopsnoun

    a gambling card game in which chips are placed on the ace and king and queen and jack of separate suits (taken from a separate deck); a player plays the lowest card of a suit in his hand and successively higher cards are played until the sequence stops; the player who plays a card matching one in the layout wins all the chips on that card


  1. Michigannoun

    A deke consisting of lifting the puck with the stick and throwing it under the top corner of the goal, while skating behind the net.

  2. Michigannoun

    A Capital: Lansing. Largest city: Detroit.

  3. Michigannoun

    Lake Michigan, one of the Great Lakes

  4. Etymology: From mishigami, meaning "great lake" (referring to Lake Michigan).


  1. Michigan

    Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes region of the Midwestern United States. The name Michigan is the French form of the Ojibwa word mishigamaa, meaning "large water" or "large lake". Michigan is the 9th most populous of the 50 United States, with the 11th most extensive total area. Its capital is Lansing, and the largest city is Detroit. Michigan was admitted into the Union on January 26, 1837, as the 26th state. Michigan has the longest freshwater coastline of any political subdivision in the world, being bounded by four of the five Great Lakes, plus Lake Saint Clair. Michigan is one of the leading U.S. states for recreational boating. The state has 64,980 inland lakes and ponds. A person in the state is never more than six miles from a natural water source or more than 85 miles from a Great Lakes shoreline. It is the largest state by total area east of the Mississippi River. Michigan is the only state to consist of two peninsulas. The Lower Peninsula, to which the name Michigan was originally applied, is often noted to be shaped like a mitten. The Upper Peninsula is separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits of Mackinac, a five-mile channel that joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. The two peninsulas are connected by the Mackinac Bridge. While sparsely populated, the Upper Peninsula is economically important due to its status as a tourist destination as well as its abundance of natural resources.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Michigan

    a State of the American Union, larger than England and Wales, is broken in two by Lake Michigan; the western portion has Wisconsin on its S. border, the eastern portion has Indiana and Ohio on the S.; the rest of the State is surrounded by Lakes Superior, Huron, and Erie. The western section is mountainous, with great forests of pine, little agriculture, rich mines of copper and iron, and some gold; the eastern section is much larger, very flat and low, has coal, gypsum, and marble quarries, but is chiefly a wheat-growing area; in the Saginaw Valley are great salt wells; the climate is modified by the lakes. At first a French colony, the country was handed over to England in 1760, and to the United States in 1776; it was organised as a territory in 1805, and admitted a State in 1837; the chief commercial city is Detroit (206), on Detroit River, in the E., has manufactures of machinery and railway plant, leather, and beer, and a large shipping trade. Grand Rapids (60), on the Grand River, has furniture works, and makes stucco-plaster and white bricks. Lansing (13) is the State capital, and an important railway centre.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. michigan

    One of the Northern Central States of the United States. It was colonized by the French, near Detroit, in the latter half of the 17th century, but, like other French colonies in America, did not progress rapidly. At the peace of 1763, it came, with the other French possessions in North America, under the dominion of Great Britain, and so remained till the breaking out of the American Revolution, when it passed to the United States. On the expulsion of the French, the celebrated Indian chief Pontiac seized the occasion to rid the country of the hated whites by a general uprising, and simultaneous attacks on all the forts of the English on the lakes. Mackinaw was taken by stratagem, and the garrison mercilessly butchered. Detroit was besieged for some months by Pontiac, with 600 Indians; but it held out till the Indian allies, becoming weary of the siege, retired and left Pontiac no choice but to make peace. The British surrendered Detroit to the United States in 1796. In 1805, Michigan, which up to that period had been a part of the Northwest Territory, was formed into a separate government. In 1812, it became the scene of some stirring events in the war with Great Britain. Lying contiguous to Canada, it was invaded in the very commencement of that struggle, and its capital (Detroit) surrendered August 15, 1812, by Gen. Hull, under circumstances which led to his displacement from his command. Previous to this Fort Mackinaw had been taken by the enemy. In January, 1813, a cruel massacre by the savages of a party of American prisoners took place at Frenchtown, but soon after, Gen. Harrison drove the enemy out of the Territory of Michigan, and removed the seat of war into Canada. Michigan became an independent member of the American Confederacy in 1837. During the civil war, she contributed greatly to the cause of the Union, and sent over 90,000 men to the field.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Michigan

    Indian for “a weir for fish.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Michigan in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Michigan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Michigan in a Sentence

  1. Bob Barnes:

    Michigan is very scenic, i can’t say I’d live there because the winter drags on, but I could definitely live there in the summer. It’s a beautiful state.

  2. John Manly:

    John Engler has always treated survivors as the enemy. John Engler took actions to obstruct and undermine criminal investigations of Michigan State Universitys interim president and Michigan State Universitys interim president administration by the Michigan attorney general.

  3. Tom Shields:

    Both sides are treating( Michigan) as though it's absolutely critical, michigan Democrats can't afford to lose it, and Republicans would love to win it.

  4. Abe Rakov:

    We are calling on the Michigan Democratic Party to amend its list of candidates and ask the Michigan Secretary of State to put Governor Deval Patrick on the ballot so that voters can rightly select from their full range of choices for President in 2020.

  5. Van Jones:

    We have the beginning of a new Democratic Party, younger, browner, cooler, more women, more veterans, can win in Michigan, can win in Pennsylvania, can win in Ohio, it may not be a blue wave, it's a rainbow wave.

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    a small restaurant serving beer and wine as well as food; usually cheap
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