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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Potomac, Potomac Rivernoun

    a river in the east central United States; rises in West Virginia in the Appalachian Mountains and flows eastward, forming the boundary between Maryland and Virginia, to the Chesapeake Bay

  2. Potomacnoun

    term sometimes used to refer to Washington, D.C.

Wiktionary

  1. Potomacnoun

    A river in the eastern United States that flows along the borders of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

    Etymology: The name Potomac is a European spelling of an Algonquian name which supposedly means "river of swans." Other accounts say the name means "place where people trade" or "the place to which tribute is brought". The natives called the river above the falls Cohongorooton, translated as "river of geese", and that area was renowned in early years for an abundance of both geese and swans. The spelling of the name has been simplified over the years from Patawomeke to Patowmack in the 18th century and now Potomac. The river's name was officially decided upon as Potomac by the Board on Geographic Names in 1931.

  2. Potomacnoun

    An unincorporated area in Montgomery County, Maryland, USA.

    Etymology: The name Potomac is a European spelling of an Algonquian name which supposedly means "river of swans." Other accounts say the name means "place where people trade" or "the place to which tribute is brought". The natives called the river above the falls Cohongorooton, translated as "river of geese", and that area was renowned in early years for an abundance of both geese and swans. The spelling of the name has been simplified over the years from Patawomeke to Patowmack in the 18th century and now Potomac. The river's name was officially decided upon as Potomac by the Board on Geographic Names in 1931.

  3. Potomacnoun

    A village in Vermilion County, Illinois, USA.

    Etymology: The name Potomac is a European spelling of an Algonquian name which supposedly means "river of swans." Other accounts say the name means "place where people trade" or "the place to which tribute is brought". The natives called the river above the falls Cohongorooton, translated as "river of geese", and that area was renowned in early years for an abundance of both geese and swans. The spelling of the name has been simplified over the years from Patawomeke to Patowmack in the 18th century and now Potomac. The river's name was officially decided upon as Potomac by the Board on Geographic Names in 1931.

  4. Potomacnoun

    The asteroid (1345) Potomac.

    Etymology: The name Potomac is a European spelling of an Algonquian name which supposedly means "river of swans." Other accounts say the name means "place where people trade" or "the place to which tribute is brought". The natives called the river above the falls Cohongorooton, translated as "river of geese", and that area was renowned in early years for an abundance of both geese and swans. The spelling of the name has been simplified over the years from Patawomeke to Patowmack in the 18th century and now Potomac. The river's name was officially decided upon as Potomac by the Board on Geographic Names in 1931.

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  1. Potomac

    Potomac is a census-designated place in Montgomery County, Maryland, United States, named for the nearby Potomac River. In 2009 CNNMoney.com listed Potomac as the seventh most affluent town in all the United States. Potomac is also the seventh most top-educated American small town according to Forbes. In addition, Bloomberg Businessweek labeled Potomac as the twenty-ninth richest zip code in all of the United States in 2011 and had the largest population of any U.S. town to have a median income of more than $240,000. It is also tied with three other zip codes for the greatest concentration of the "1 percent" in America. Many Potomac residents work in nearby Washington, D.C.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. potomac

    A river of the United States, formed by two branches, which rise in the Alleghany Mountains, and unite 20 miles southeast of Cumberland, Md., from which point the river flows in a generally southeasterly course, 400 miles, and falls into Chesapeake Bay, where it is 6 to 8 miles broad, 75 miles from the ocean. Line-of-battle ships ascend to Washington, 120 miles from its mouth. The Potomac forms the greater part of the boundary between Virginia and Maryland. During the civil war, both Federal and Confederate armies crossed several times the fords of the Upper Potomac, and severe actions were fought upon its banks. The largest army of the Union was named after it.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Potomac

    Indian for “place of the burning pine.”

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Potomac in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Potomac in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Potomac in a Sentence

  1. Lyndon B. Johnson:

    If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read President Can't Swim.

  2. Leader Pelosi at 11:45:

    Hillary Clinton loss's an urgency I can't resist, if Hillary Clinton had won... our Affordable Care Act would be protected and I could go home, you know, no one in California ever gets Potomac fever. We all always want to go home. But that didn't happen, sadly for our country. So, this is something that I feel all of my experience is geared to.

  3. Curt Viebranz:

    It's hard to believe, but only 50 years after his death, in the early 1850s, the home was in complete disrepair, a woman was taking a steamer (on the Potomac). It was the custom of the captain to ring the bell when he got in front of Mount Vernon. She looked up. She saw the shape of the house.

  4. Richard Stuart:

    I remember that day... my wife's eyes welled up, and I felt like I had been hit in the stomach. We said we were going to do whatever we can to make this right, nobody's gravestone should be used as RIPRAP on the Potomac.

  5. Jim Acosta:

    You know, I seem to remember Glenn Youngkin campaigning in a fleece vest in Virginia. He was running as a different kind of Republican. I was told there was going to be a vest, not a Soviet-style police state across the Potomac from Washington.

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