American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A city of western Russia on the Dnieper River west-southwest of Moscow. First mentioned in the ninth century, it became an important port situated on various medieval trade routes. It was sacked by Mongols in the 13th century and captured by Lithuania, Russia, Poland, and Russia again in turn before being seized by Napoleon's troops in 1812. A shipping point for the surrounding agricultural region, it is also an industrial, cultural, and educational center. Population: 319,000.
- n. City in Russia, centre of Smolensk oblast.
- n. a city in western Russia on the Dnieper River; scene of severe fighting in World War II
“Identity theft: Russian Baptists smeared: A fake newspaper in Smolensk portrays Protestants as morally loose.”
“A little over 30 minutes later, at 8. 56am, the aircraft crashed in Smolensk.”
“Mozhaysk (that is, the Smolensk) road acted simultaneously on him also.”
“By abandoning Smolensk, which is one of their Holy Cities, the Russian generals are dishonoring their arms in the eyes of their own people.”
“That Napoleon agreed with Mouton, and that the army retreated, does not prove that Napoleon caused it to retreat, but that the forces which influenced the whole army and directed it along the Mozhaysk (that is, the Smolensk) road acted simultaneously on him also.”
“Itjes stood among his officers and technicians on the bridge of the carrier 'Smolensk', staring at the blank communications screen.”
“The architecture in Smolensk which is largely old style European, is not that spectacular, but catching the sun's golden beams falling on the buildings, forest and walls have carried my senses back to yesteryear and calmed my anxious thoughts living so far from friends and relatives.”
“In the last decade this was cultivated particularly by the Law and Justice party PiS, led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski and his twin brother Lech – who was, until his death in a plane crash near Smolensk last April, the country's president.”
“Lech was killed in the Smolensk air crash last year, which his grieving brother still believes was more than an accident.”
“The plane crashed when it was trying to land at Smolensk airport, killing everyone on board.”
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