American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A country of central and northwest North America with coastlines on the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It includes the noncontiguous states of Alaska and Hawaii and various island territories in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. The area now occupied by the contiguous 48 states was originally inhabited by numerous Native American peoples and was colonized beginning in the 16th century by Spain, France, the Netherlands, and England. Great Britain eventually controlled most of the Atlantic coast and, after the French and Indian Wars (1754-1763), the Northwest Territory and Canada. The original Thirteen Colonies declared their independence from Great Britain in 1776 and formed a government under the Articles of Confederation in 1781, adopting (1787) a new constitution that went into effect after 1789. The nation soon began to expand westward. Growing tensions over the issue of Black slavery divided the country along geographic lines, sparking the secession of the South and the Civil War (1861-1865). The remainder of the 19th century was marked by increased westward expansion, industrialization, and the influx of millions of immigrants. The United States entered World War II after the Japanese attack (1941) on Pearl Harbor and emerged after the war as a world power. Washington, D.C., is the capital and New York the largest city. Population: 302,000,000.
- n. singular shortened form of United States of America
- n. plural The collection of individual states of the United States of America.
- n. military Includes the land area, internal waters, territorial sea, and airspace of the United States, including the following:
- n. Federal nation consisting of several states, actual, historical or hypothetical.
- n. the executive and legislative and judicial branches of the federal government of the United States
- n. North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
“The most serious of these, the family of polio enteroviruses, have been eradicated in the United States as a result of aggressive vaccine campaigns.”
“Lobbied for an appointment in the United States Land Office.”
“Elsewhere in the United States and around the world: Kilburn KH, Warshow RH.”
“When viewed in September 2004 on the ATSDR website, the Public Health Statement on PBDEs stated: Recent studies have shown that levels of lower brominated PBDEs in the general population of the United States continue to rise.”
“In Anniston, Alabama, investigators funded by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry are conducting studies to determine whether high rates of autoimmune disease in the area are linked to an industrial manufacturing site where most of the PCBs in the United States were once manufactured and dumped.”
“As of the writing of this book, the case was pending appeal on the docket of the United States Supreme Court.7”
“Cooper is also coeditor of a collection of original stories entitled A Fictional History of the United States with Huge Chunks Missing.”
“Even worse, some people were talking about Matloubi, who had come to the United States with a reputation for being a fearless player with a superaggressive style, as the new Stuey Ungar.”
“It is simply not true that research supports the Pentagon's claim that Middle Eastern dust is similar to that in the United States or that it poses no health risks, says Hopke, a Clarkson University scientist who conducted the National Research Council study.”
“She was impatient to meet with Sam Watson, who had begged her to come back to the United States two days early.”
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