from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A federal district of the eastern United States on the Potomac River between Virginia and Maryland. Coextensive with the city of Washington, it was established by congressional acts of 1790 and 1791 on a site selected by George Washington.
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- proper n. The District of Columbia (U.S. federal district) is the federal capital of the United States of America. The City of Washington used to be a municipality within the District of Columbia until 1871 when two entities were merged. For this reason, the district is also generally known as Washington, D.C.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the district occupied entirely by the city of Washington; chosen by George Washington as the site of the capital of the United States and created out of land ceded by Maryland and Virginia
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