from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A division of Oceania in the western Pacific Ocean comprising the islands east of the Philippines and north of the equator. It includes the Caroline, Marshall, Mariana, and Gilbert islands.
- Federated States ofMicronesia A group of associated islands in the Caroline Islands of the western Pacific Ocean. Originally inhabited by Austronesian-speaking peoples, the islands were controlled in turn by Spain, Germany, and Japan prior to their capture by U.S. forces during World War II. The group was administered as part of the U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands after 1947 and became self-governing under a compact of free association with the United States in 1986. Palikir, on Pohnpei (Ponape) Island, is the capital. Population: 108,000.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. One of the geographical subregions of Oceania.
- proper n. A country in Oceania. Official name: the Federated States of Micronesia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the islands in the northwestern part of Oceania
- n. a country scattered over Micronesia with a constitutional government in free association with the United States; achieved independence in 1986
From Ancient Greek μικρονήσος (Mikronesos, "small island"), from prefix μικρο- (mikro-, "micro-"), from μικρός (mikros, "small, mimimum") + νήσος (nesos, "island"). (Wiktionary)