from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A state of the United States in extreme northwest North America including the Aleutian Islands and Alexander Archipelago. It is separated from the other mainland states by British Columbia, Canada. Alaska was admitted as the 49th state in 1959 and is the largest state of the Union. The territory was purchased from Russia in 1867 for $7,200,000 and was known as Seward's Folly (after Secretary of State William H. Seward, who negotiated the purchase) until gold was discovered in the late 1800s. Juneau is the capital and Anchorage the largest city. Population: 683,000.
- Gulf ofAlaska An inlet of the Pacific Ocean between the Alaska Peninsula and Alexander Archipelago.
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- proper n. The 49th state of the United States of America. Postal code: AK, capital: Juneau, largest city: Anchorage.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a state in northwestern North America; the 49th state admitted to the union
From Aleut alaxsxaq ("that toward which the action of the sea is directed"). (Wiktionary)