from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Two small islands and a surrounding coral atoll in the central Pacific Ocean northwest of Honolulu. Discovered in 1859, they were annexed by the United States in 1867 and remain a U.S. territory with an important naval base. A decisive World War II Allied victory in the Battle of Midway (June 3-6, 1942) was a major turning point in the war in the Pacific.
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- proper n. a small group of islands in the central Pacific; a US territory
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- n. an atoll in the Hawaiian Islands some 1300 miles to the northwest of Honolulu; site of an important United States naval base
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Patton’s group detected Japanese “espionage” in Hawaii and warned the White House of spy voyages to Wake and Midway Islands and Honolulu by Japanese marus.