What does colony mean?

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ˈkɒl ə nicolony

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. colony, settlement(noun)

    a body of people who settle far from home but maintain ties with their homeland; inhabitants remain nationals of their home state but are not literally under the home state's system of government

    "the American colony in Paris"

  2. colony(noun)

    a group of organisms of the same type living or growing together

  3. Colony(noun)

    one of the 13 British colonies that formed the original states of the United States

  4. colony(noun)

    a place where a group of people with the same interest or occupation are concentrated

    "a nudist colony"; "an artists' colony"

  5. colony, dependency(noun)

    a geographical area politically controlled by a distant country

  6. colony(noun)

    (microbiology) a group of organisms grown from a single parent cell

GCIDE

  1. Colony(n.)

    a territory subject to the ruling governmental authority of another country and not a part of the ruling country.

    Etymology: [L. colonia, fr. colonus farmer, fr. colere to cultivate, dwell: cf. F. colonie. Cf. Culture.]

  2. Colony(n.)

    (Bot.) A cell family or group of common origin, mostly of unicellular organisms, esp. among the lower alg

    Etymology: [L. colonia, fr. colonus farmer, fr. colere to cultivate, dwell: cf. F. colonie. Cf. Culture.]

  3. Colony(n.)

    (Microbiology) a group of microorganisms originating as the descendents of one individual cell, growing on a gelled growth medium, as of gelatin or agar; especially, such a group that has grown to a sufficient number to be visible to the naked eye.

    Etymology: [L. colonia, fr. colonus farmer, fr. colere to cultivate, dwell: cf. F. colonie. Cf. Culture.]

Wiktionary

  1. colony(Noun)

    A settlement of emigrants who move to a new place, but remain culturally tied to their original place

    Etymology: From colonia, from colonus, from colo, from earlier *, from kʷel-.

  2. colony(Noun)

    Region or governmental unit created by another country and generally ruled by another country.

    Etymology: From colonia, from colonus, from colo, from earlier *, from kʷel-.

  3. colony(Noun)

    A group of people with the same interests or ethnic origin concentrated in a particular geographic area

    Etymology: From colonia, from colonus, from colo, from earlier *, from kʷel-.

  4. colony(Noun)

    A group of organisms of same or different species living together in close association.

    Etymology: From colonia, from colonus, from colo, from earlier *, from kʷel-.

  5. colony(Noun)

    A collective noun for rabbits.

    Etymology: From colonia, from colonus, from colo, from earlier *, from kʷel-.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Colony(noun)

    a company of people transplanted from their mother country to a remote province or country, and remaining subject to the jurisdiction of the parent state; as, the British colonies in America

    Etymology: [L. colonia, fr. colonus farmer, fr. colere to cultivate, dwell: cf. F. colonie. Cf. Culture.]

  2. Colony(noun)

    the district or country colonized; a settlement

    Etymology: [L. colonia, fr. colonus farmer, fr. colere to cultivate, dwell: cf. F. colonie. Cf. Culture.]

  3. Colony(noun)

    a company of persons from the same country sojourning in a foreign city or land; as, the American colony in Paris

    Etymology: [L. colonia, fr. colonus farmer, fr. colere to cultivate, dwell: cf. F. colonie. Cf. Culture.]

  4. Colony(noun)

    a number of animals or plants living or growing together, beyond their usual range

    Etymology: [L. colonia, fr. colonus farmer, fr. colere to cultivate, dwell: cf. F. colonie. Cf. Culture.]

Freebase

  1. Colony

    In politics and history, a colony is a territory under the immediate political control of a state. For colonies in antiquity, city-states would often found their own colonies. Some colonies were historically countries, while others were territories without definite statehood from their inception. The metropolitan state is the state that owns the colony. In Ancient Greece, the city that founded a colony was called the metropolis. Mother country is a reference to the metropolitan state from the point of view of citizens who live in its colony. There is a United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories. Unlike a puppet state or satellite state, a colony has no independent international representation, and its top-level administration is under direct control of the metropolitan state. The term informal colony is used by some historians to refer to a country under the de facto control of another state, although this term is often contentious.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Colony

    kol′on-i, n. a name somewhat vaguely applied to the foreign dependencies of a state (a Roman colony was a military settlement planted in subject territory; a Greek colony consisted of a band of emigrants impelled to seek a new home, and connected with their mother-city by no stronger tie than that of sentiment): a body of persons who form a fixed settlement in another country: the settlement so formed: the place they inhabit.—adj. Colōn′ial, pertaining to a colony.—n. an inhabitant of a colony, a colonist.—ns. Colōn′ialism, a trait of colonial life or speech; Colonisā′tion, act or practice of colonising: state of being colonised.—v.t. Col′onise, to plant or establish a colony in: to form into a colony.—v.i. to settle.—n. Col′onist, an inhabitant of a colony.—Colonial animals, organisms which cannot be fairly regarded as unities, but consist of numerous individuals united in a common life; Colonial system, the theory that the settlements abroad were to be treated as proprietary domains exploited for the benefit of the mother-country. [L. coloniacolonus, a husbandman—colĕre, to till.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'colony' in Nouns Frequency: #1770

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of colony in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of colony in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of colony in a Sentence

  1. Angelica Varela:

    The black-footed ferrets prey on prairie dogs so it was once thought that elimination programs for the dogs, considered a nuisance to farmers and ranchers, were impacting the ferret population. Now, there was a concerted effort by the state to rebuild the black-footed ferret population. On a recent day, volunteers made their way to small-town Seligman and met for training on the first night inside a rented home in a rural neighborhood that Arizona Game and Fish uses for the operation. One of those volunteers is Robert Coonrod, who bought a pick-up truck and rigged it with overhead lights specifically for the night-time searches. Robert Coonrod has been volunteering for five years. Though hes not a biologist, he enjoys helping out wildlife and found a new photography hobby while volunteering. HUNTERS TURN TO HIPSTERS TO HELP BOOST SPORTS DECLINING NUMBERS One of the volunteers is Robert Coonrod, who bought a pick-up truck and rigged it with overhead lights specifically for the night-time searches. ( Fox News) Were looking for a ferret to be outside his hole. We drive down, he gets curious, looks at the lights, you see the green eyes shine, and then its off to the races, Robert Coonrod said. Once the animalis spotted, volunteers run towardit and set up a trap. But they have to first hopscotch around prairie dog burrows that dot the landscape. Sometimes it can be very entertaining watching people run across a prairie dog colony because youre so focused on the ferret that you forget about all these holes on the ground, Holly Hicks said. Yeah, every one of us has tripped and fallen in a prairie dog hole after chasing after a ferret. ARIZONA MAN PICKED UP NEWBORN FAWN, TOOK IT TO LOCAL BAR, OFFICIALS SAY With freezing temperates on the first night of the search, around 10 of the volunteers showed up, including Arizona State Univerisity biology graduate Angelica Varela, who will soon be starting an internship with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. With freezing temperates on the first night of the search, around 10 of the volunteers showed up( Fox News)( When I started) volunteering( for other wildlife organizations) and really getting boots on the ground and realizing the hard work that actually goes into it, its really important and its really satisfying being able to know that you had a part in helping a species, as conservation work, I mean were doing this so that eventually we dont have to keep doing it. Angelica Varela drove up from Phoenix with Angelica Varela friend, Brandi Kapos, who is an Olive Garden waitress and an Arizona State Univerisity conservation biology graduate. Shes looking to return to school to get a masters degree in Geographic Information Systems. Before Angelica Varela and Brandi Kapos got their assignment from Jennifer Cordova for the night, they said they had energy drinks and candy. Angelica Varela said Angelica Varela was pumped. With freezing temperates on the first night of the search, around 10 of the volunteers showed up, including Arizona State Univerisity biology graduates Angelica Varela and Brandi Kapos. ( Fox News) Jennifer Cordova said the goal is to get the black-footed ferret off the endangered species list. Fox News important because wildlife dont have a say -- theydont have a voice out there, Holly Hicks said. So, its people like us who manage and try to keep that voice out there and people aware. Our passion comes from a lot of places. We love animals. We want to see wildlife in the future for future generations. Only found in North America, this wild animal differs from the European pet ferrets that are domesticated. The black-footed ferret was once thought extinct until 18 were found in 1981. Since then, recovery and breeding efforts have helped the black-footed ferret population grow. I kind of feel like its our duty.

  2. Arthur Georges:

    We used a bacterial artificial chromosome library to generate and verify sex specific sequence and probes that were important to determine the underlying sex of individuals, a BAC library is constructed by cutting up the dragon DNA, the whole genome, and inserting the fragments into bacterial colonies, one fragment per colony, so you can pull particular dragon sequence out at will.

  3. Nefeli Dimou:

    I believe such a result can be used as a strong negotiating tool so that Europeans can understand that we are not a colony.

  4. Julio Pabon:

    Hurricane Maria unmasked that we are a colony, i ’m just tired of the way my island has been treated.

  5. Peter Fretwell:

    Emperor penguins at the Halley Bay colony in Weddell Sea have failed to raise chicks for the last three years, the colony has now all but disappeared.

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