What does Providence mean?

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ˈprɒv ɪ dənsProv·i·dence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Providence, capital of Rhode Islandnoun

    the capital and largest city of Rhode Island; located in northeastern Rhode Island on Narragansett Bay; site of Brown University

  2. providencenoun

    the guardianship and control exercised by a deity

    "divine providence"

  3. providencenoun

    a manifestation of God's foresightful care for his creatures

  4. providencenoun

    the prudence and care exercised by someone in the management of resources

Wiktionary

  1. Providencenoun

    God, or a guardian deity.

    Etymology: From providence, from providentia.

  2. Providencenoun

    Any of several cities in the United States, especially the capital of Rhode Island

    Etymology: From providence, from providentia.

  3. providencenoun

    The prudent care and management of resources.

    His providence in saving for his old age is exemplary.

    Etymology: From providence, from providentia.

  4. providencenoun

    The careful guardianship exercised by a deity.

    Etymology: From providence, from providentia.

  5. providencenoun

    A manifestation of divine care or direction.

    Etymology: From providence, from providentia.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Providencenoun

    the act of providing or preparing for future use or application; a making ready; preparation

    Etymology: [L. providentia: cf. F. providence. See Provident, and cf. Prudence.]

  2. Providencenoun

    foresight; care; especially, the foresight and care which God manifests for his creatures; hence, God himself, regarded as exercising a constant wise prescience

    Etymology: [L. providentia: cf. F. providence. See Provident, and cf. Prudence.]

  3. Providencenoun

    a manifestation of the care and superintendence which God exercises over his creatures; an event ordained by divine direction

    Etymology: [L. providentia: cf. F. providence. See Provident, and cf. Prudence.]

  4. Providencenoun

    prudence in the management of one's concerns; economy; frugality

    Etymology: [L. providentia: cf. F. providence. See Provident, and cf. Prudence.]

Freebase

  1. Providence

    Providence is the capital and most populous city in Rhode Island and was one of the first cities established in the United States. Located in Providence County, it is the third largest city in the New England region. The city proper population of 178,042 anchors the 37th largest metropolitan population in the country, with an estimated MSA population of 1,600,856, exceeding that of Rhode Island by about 60% because of its reaching into southern Massachusetts. This MSA in turn is part of the larger Greater Boston commuting area, which contains 7.6 million people. Situated at the mouth of the Providence River, at the head of Narragansett Bay, the city's small footprint is crisscrossed by seemingly erratic streets and contains a rapidly changing demographic. Providence was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, a religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He named the area in honor of "God's merciful Providence" which he believed was responsible for revealing such a haven for him and his followers to settle. After being one of the first cities in the country to industrialize, Providence became noted for its jewelry and silverware industry. Today, the City of Providence is home to eight hospitals and seven institutions of higher learning, which has shifted the city's economy into service industries, though it still retains significant manufacturing activity.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Providence

    prov′i-dens, n. timely preparation: (theol.) the foresight and care of God over all His creatures: God, considered in this relation: something occurring in which God's care is clearly shown: prudence in managing one's affairs.—adjs. Prov′ident, seeing beforehand, and providing for the future: cautious: prudent: economical; Providen′tial, effected by, or proceeding from, divine providence.—advs. Providen′tially; Prov′idently.—n. Prov′identness. [L. provid-ens, -entis, pr.p. of providēre.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Providence

    a seaport and semi-capital of Rhode Island, U.S., on a river of the name, 44 m. SW. of Boston; it is a centre of a large manufacturing district, and has a large trade in woollens, jewellery, and hardware; has a number of public buildings, and institutions, churches, schools, libraries, and hospitals, as well as beautiful villas and gardens.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Providence in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Providence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Providence in a Sentence

  1. George Barrell Cheever:

    For health and the constant enjoyment of life, give me a keen and ever-present sense of humor it is the next best thing to an abiding faith in providence.

  2. Thomas Jefferson:

    ...Enlightened by a benign religion, professed, indeed, and practiced in various forms, yet all of them inculcating honesty, truth, temperance, gratitude, and the love of man, acknowledging and adoring an overruling Providence, which by all its dispensations proves that it delights in the happiness of man here and his greater happiness hereafter - with all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and a prosperous people? Still one thing more... a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.

  3. Mark Twain:

    Providence protects children and idiots. I know because I have tested it.

  4. Judson Mitcham:

    I don't see how anyone could fail to be troubled and moved by the stockade, with its deadlines, escape tunnels and Providence Spring, that subtext of such clean, well-kept grounds is chaos and human limitation, and I can't walk across the stockade field without feeling challenged and defeated by its awful irony. Even the sky looks different from there.

  5. Walt Whitman:

    If you don't appreciate history, you don't have much of a future. By Dan Dalessio. North Providence, Rhode Island 02911

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