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Definitions for Petersburg
ˈpi tərzˌbɜrgpe·ters·burg

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Petersburgnoun

    a town in southeastern Virginia (south of Richmond); scene of heavy fighting during the American Civil War

  2. Petersburg, Petersburg Campaignnoun

    the final campaign of the American Civil War (1864-65); Union forces under Grant besieged and finally defeated Confederate forces under Lee


  1. Petersburgnoun

    a city in Virginia; various other towns and cities

  2. Petersburgnoun

    a campaign in the American Civil War

  3. Petersburgnoun

    Saint Petersburg, formerly Leningrad, a city in Russia


  1. petersburg

    Petersburg generally refers to a city or location. The most common references include: 1. Saint Petersburg: The second-largest city in Russia, known for its significant historical and cultural heritage. 2. Petersburg, Virginia: An independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. 3. Petersburg, Alaska: A city in Petersburg Borough, on Mitkof Island in the southeast portion of the U.S. state of Alaska. However, the term "Petersburg" could also refer to other places such as Petersburg, Illinois or Petersburg, Pennsylvania, among others. The specific meaning generally depends on the geographical and cultural context in which the term is used.


  1. Petersburg

    Petersburg is an independent city in Virginia, United States, located on the Appomattox River and 23 miles south of the state capital of Richmond. The city's population was 32,420 as of 2010. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the City of Petersburg with Dinwiddie County for statistical purposes. The city's unique industrial past and its location as a transportation hub combined to create wealth for Virginia and the region. The location on the Appomattox River at the fall line early in the history in the Colony of Virginia caused Petersburg to become a strategic place for transportation and commercial activities, as well as the site of Fort Henry. As railroads emerged beginning in the 1830s, it became a major transfer point for both north-south and east-west competitors. The Petersburg Railroad was one of the earliest predecessors of the modern-day CSX Transportation system. Several of the earliest predecessors of the area's other major Class 1 railroad, Norfolk Southern, also met at Petersburg. Both CSX and NS rail systems maintain transportation centers at Petersburg.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. petersburg

    A city of Dinwiddie Co., Va., on the south bank of the Appomattox River, about 25 miles from Richmond. The city is one of historic interest. It was twice occupied by the British forces as headquarters during the Revolutionary war; but it is principally noted as the scene of several sanguinary encounters during the civil war, and for the obstinate and bloody defense which it made. On June 15-16, 1864, two formidable assaults were made on it by the Army of the Potomac under Gen. Grant, but they were repulsed with heavy loss. It was then determined to invest the city, which was done a few days later. On July 30, another attempt was made to take it by storm, but without success. The siege was prolonged with many indecisive operations until April 3, 1865, after a week’s bombardment it was evacuated by Gen. Lee, who surrendered six days later.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Petersburg is ranked #127494 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Petersburg surname appeared 134 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Petersburg.

    98.5% or 132 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Petersburg in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Petersburg in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Petersburg in a Sentence

  1. Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia:

    In St. Petersburg we work, but at Livadia, we live.

  2. Grzegorz Schetyna:

    Russia's overdue rent is much, much higher than that of the Polish consulate in St. Petersburg.

  3. Bulgari Chief Executive Jean-Christophe Babin:

    Perhaps 10 years down the road we will have five-six boutiques in Russia: three (in) Moscow (or) four, perhaps; one in St Petersburg; and one or two in two other cities, it might be faster, it might be slower, but probably we will have in Russia eventually the same number of boutiques we have in most ... major European countries.

  4. Irina Volk:

    The police station at the Tolmachevo airport received a message from the airline that several policemen were required to board the plane from St. Petersburg to Novosibirsk due to the aggressive behavior of one passenger.

  5. British Museum:

    The British Museum is a museum of the world, for the world and nothing demonstrates this more than the loan of a Parthenon sculpture to the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg to celebrate its 250th anniversary.

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    • A. naiant
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