from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of southern California on an arm of the Pacific Ocean southeast of Los Angeles. It is a thriving port and year-round resort and convention center. The city's main growth occurred after the discovery of oil in 1921. Population: 472,000.
  • A city of southeast New York on an island off southern Long Island. It is a residential and resort community. Population: 35,100.


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