American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- An ancient city of west-central Italy at the mouth of the Tiber River. According to legend, it was founded in the seventh century B.C. Ostia developed as a port after the first century B.C. and declined after the third century A.D.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Plural of ostium.
“The fever that started in Ostia is sweeping through Rome, and Jonathan, Flavia, Nubia, and Lupus are called by the Emperor to investigate.”
“The Girl from Jerusalem - back in Ostia, maybe to Judaea APR 2007 14”
“I think the faithful came to listen to Pope John Paul," said Lorenzo Cagliari, 50, a deacon in Ostia, a seaside town 20 miles from Rome.”
“There are several in the series but the first, The Thieves of Ostia, is set in the eponymous port of Ancient Rome ...”
“The place was called Ostia, that word in the Latin tongue denoting _mouths_.”
“Prepare to be baffled as much as you're battered: opening track 'Ostia' lays down fat, fuzzed-up beats that scream 'Rocket USA' or 'Ghostrider' (from the first Suicide album), for a dozen-or-so bars, before live cymbals gallop in, and then a full-kit with all the instruments writhing around them with a limberness and energy you'd think impossible for figures so intricate.”
“For patrons of the Sporting Beach Club in Ostia, where forlorn lines of changing rooms that once stood 150 metres back from the sea are now buffeted by waves, the new sand cannot arrive soon enough.”
“Since the economic boom of the 1950s, working-class bathers from nearby Rome have flocked to the beach clubs of Ostia, near Rome.”
“A beach at Ostia, near Rome, where extra sand has been trucked in to make up for coastline lost to winter storms and rising sea levels.”
“I suggest that local photographs can accentuate, in your midst, an Ostia Antica -- the ruins of the abandoned seaport of ancient Rome -- now isolated from the sea.”
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