American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An area of low-lying land, especially in the Netherlands, that has been reclaimed from a body of water and is protected by dikes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A boggy or marshy soil; a morass; specifically, a tract of marshy land in the Netherlands, Flanders, and northern Germany, which has been reclaimed and brought under cultivation.
- n. An area of ground reclaimed from a sea or lake by means of dikes.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Holland & Belgium A tract of low land reclaimed from the sea by of high embankments.
- n. low-lying land that has been reclaimed and is protected by dikes (especially in the Netherlands)
- From Dutch. The root is 'pol', which is the same as 'ball'. A 'pol' was a low artificial hill in a coastal marshland whereupon a farmhouse could be build. The original plural was probably 'poller', which became 'polder'. From the small hill the word eventually referred to the land around it. (Wiktionary)
- Dutch, from Middle Dutch. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Dutchman's mouth water -- a "polder" of surpassing excellence, but it is viewed in a different light by enthusiastic wild duck shooters, who, like the owner of a grouse moor, look upon drainage and reclamation as the visible work of the devil.”
“On the opposite side of the road stretches a long, flat meadow, or "polder," up to the little village which nestles so snugly around its tall church tower; the latter fulfilling also the purpose of a beacon, lit by night, to guide the wayfarer on sea and land; scene of tireless industry, comfortable prosperity, and smiling peace. ...”
“You can keep following the Vecht to where it breaks into open polder land, viewing, while you're at it, the system of fortifications that used flooding as a military defense system for the country.”
“His stuff isn't precisely fantasy or science fiction, but sits in that polder between purely genre books and purely mainstream.”
“You don't have to go through a portal to find a magic polder, a refuge from reality.”
“Half an hour by train from Amsterdam, formidably modern Almere sits on the flat plain of the Flevoland polder – a tract of land enclosed by dykes bordering the waters of the Markermeer.”
“Just 39% of those living in the city are native Dutch, half born in Amsterdam, who were attracted by the idea of a quiet life in the midst of the green polder.”
“I have been absent as I am working on a Dutch language history book on the pre-internet period in the polder.”
“Lately the blog has been underused, as a book is being produced about the pre-internet period in the polder, electronic media in The Netherlands from 1967-1997.”
“There is a polder/prison relationship at play between the realms here, an ordained way of things in which the hero gets to cross the seam, while the monster does not, the portal exists to be crossed, while the rift exists to be closed.”
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