What does Tripoli mean?

Definitions for Tripoli
ˈtrɪp ə li; ˌtrɪp ə lɪˈteɪ ni ə, -ˈteɪn yə, trɪˌpɒl ɪ-Tripoli

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rottenstone, tripolinoun

    a weathered and decomposed siliceous limestone; in powdered form it is used in polishing

  2. Tripoli, Tarabulus Al-Gharb, capital of Libyanoun

    the capital and chief port and largest city of Libya; in northwestern Libya on the Mediterranean Sea; founded by the Phoenicians in the 7th century BC

  3. Tarabulus, Tripoli, Tarabulus Ash-Sham, Trablousnoun

    a port city and commercial center in northwestern Lebanon on the Mediterranean Sea


  1. Tripolinoun

    The capital city of Libya.

    Etymology: From Tripolis.

  2. tripolinoun

    A sedimentary rock composed of the shells of diatoms etc

    Etymology: From Tripolis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tripolinoun

    an earthy substance originally brought from Tripoli, used in polishing stones and metals. It consists almost wholly of the siliceous shells of diatoms


  1. Tripoli

    Tripoli is the capital city and the largest city of Libya. As of 2011, the Tripoli metropolitan area had a population of 2.2 million people. The city is located in the northwestern part of Libya on the edge of the desert, on a point of rocky land projecting into the Mediterranean and forming a bay. Tripoli includes the Port of Tripoli and the country's largest commercial and manufacturing centre. It is also the site of the University of Tripoli. The vast Bab al-Azizia barracks, which includes the former family plantation of Muammar Gaddafi, is also located in the city. Colonel Gaddafi largely ruled the country from his residence in this barracks. Tripoli was founded in the 7th century BC by the Phoenicians, who named it Oea. Due to the city's long history, there are many sites of archaeological significance in Tripoli. "Tripoli" may also refer to the shabiyah, the Tripoli District.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tripoli

    trip′ō-li, n. a mineral substance employed in polishing metals, marble, glass, &c. [Orig. brought from Tripoli in Africa.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Tripoli

    a seaport of Syria, 40 m. NE. of Beyrout; a place of great antiquity, and successively in the hands of the Phoenicians, Crusaders, and Mamelukes; it has many interesting Saracenic and other remains; its trade is passing over to Beyrout.

  2. Tripoli

    a province (since 1835) of Turkey, in North Africa, most easterly of the Barbary States; stretches northwards from the Libyan Desert, lies between Tunis (W.) and Fezzan (E.), with which latter, as also with Barca, it is politically united; carries on a brisk caravan trade with Central Africa; capital, Tripoli (20), situated on a spit of rocky land jutting into the Mediterranean; surrounded by high walls, and Moorish in appearance.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. tripoli

    (in its modern Arabic form, Tarabulus). A seaport and one of the chief commercial towns of Syria, near the coast of the Mediterranean, on both sides of the river Kadisha. On the left side stands the castle built by Count Raymond of Toulouse, in the 12th century, when the city was taken by the Crusaders. It was conquered by the Egyptians in 1832; restored to the Porte, 1835, and it surrendered to the British in 1841.

  2. tripoli

    A regency of the Ottoman empire, and the most easterly of the Barbary States, North Africa. The governor-general has the title, rank, and authority of a pasha of the Ottoman empire. The military force of the country consists of a body of Turkish soldiers, some 10,000 in number, whose business is to keep down insurrections, but who were formerly wont to vary it by creating them. In ancient times, Tripoli seems to have been tributary to the Cyrenæans, from whom, however, it was wrested by the Carthaginians. It next passed to the Romans. Like the rest of Northern Africa, it was conquered by the Arabs, and the feeble Christianity of the natives was supplanted by a vigorous and fanatical Mohammedanism. In 1552 (1551), the Turks got possession of it, and have ever since been the rulers of the country, though the authority of the sultan, up till 1835, had been virtually at zero for more than a century. In that year, however, an expedition was dispatched from Constantinople; the ruling dey, Karamanli, was overthrown and imprisoned; a new Turkish pasha, with viceregal powers, was appointed, and the state made an eyalet of the Ottoman empire. Several rebellions have since taken place (notably in 1842 and 1844), but they have always been suppressed.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tripoli in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tripoli in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Tripoli in a Sentence

  1. Abdulrahman Taweel:

    We are working to secure all other state institutions, the Council is here to stay and to continue their work here in Tripoli. They will not leave except for international meetings and will return.

  2. Mohamed Geblawi:

    In response to the heaviest bombardments Tripoli has seen, we launched a series of counter attacks against Haftar.

  3. Syed Jaffar Hussain:

    The numbers will increase definitely, because the fighting is closing in toward the center, or the more populated area in Tripoli, where then there is a higher likelihood that more and more civilians will be trapped in the cross-fire and there will be more and more civilian casualties.

  4. Ousmane Balde:

    Everyday in Tripoli I was hearing gunshots. I was scared during the first few days. I did not go out of the house for about a week. Then I decided to take the risk.

  5. Bilqasem Eggzait:

    Politics in Tripoli is not about ideology, it's about money.

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    lacking orderly continuity
    • A. abrupt
    • B. suspicious
    • C. disjointed
    • D. alternate

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