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

  • The capital and largest city of Iowa, in the south-central part of the state on the Des Moines River. Fort Des Moines was built on the site in 1843, and the surrounding settlement became a city in 1851. It was chosen as state capital in 1857. Population: 194,000.

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  • proper n. The capital city of the state of Iowa.

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  • n. the capital and largest city in Iowa


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  • Then, another announcer at WHO, a reserve officer in the army cavalry, told me the Fourteenth Cavalry Regiment based at Fort Des Moines offered young men a chance to obtain a reserve commission through what the War Department called the Citizens Military Training Program.

    An American Life

  • This road is to run via the valley of the Des Moines River, through the rich coal fields of Iowa, and will supply the upper Mississippi and Lake Superior region with coal.

    Minnesota and Dacotah: in letters descriptive of a tour through the North-west, in the autumn of 1856. With information relative to public lands,

  • One night, as we walked through the lobby of the Fort Des Moines heading for the elevators, Kerry spotted Dean manager Joe Trippi pacing back and forth, cell phone glued to his ear.

    No Excuses

  • For instance, innovative doctors attended more out-of-town medical meetings than did later adopters, just as innovative Iowa farmers displayed their cosmopoliteness by visiting Des Moines more frequently.

    Diffusion of Innovations

  • According to his mother's wishes there would be a "visitation" this night where Denver friends could pay their respects before the casket was flown back to Des Moines the next day for the funeral Mass at St. Mary's and final interment at the small city cemetery where Louis's father was buried.

    Prayers To Broken Stones

  • Our next meeting with the Chief was in the Autumn Of 1834 while on our way to the trading house of Captain William Phelps (now of Lewistown, Ills.), at Sweet Home, located on the bank of the Des Moines river.

    Autobiography of Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak, or Black Hawk

  • The funeral home was about two blocks from where his mother had lived, where Louis had grown up after they had moved from Des Moines when he was ten, just east of the Capitol Hill area where old brick homes were becom­ing rundown rentals and where Hispanic street gangs had claimed the night.

    Prayers To Broken Stones

  • But a Des Moines Register Iowa Poll conducted June 19 to 22 found likely Republican caucusgoers remain open-minded about their choices.

    As potential candidate, Perry a wild-card in Iowa

  • Des Moines Sunday Register (IL) “The detective novels of M.C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy ... have reached cult status in the United States.” —

    Death of a Scriptwriter

  • We arrived in East Des Moines around midnight, checked into a motel, unhooked the trailer and went to bed.

    Change Me Into Zeus’s Daughter


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