Definitions

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  • A state of the central United States in the Great Plains. It was admitted as the 37th state in 1867. The region became part of the United States through the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and was made a separate territory by the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. Its present boundaries were established in 1861. Lincoln is the capital and Omaha the largest city.

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  • proper noun A state of the United States of America. Capital: Lincoln; largest city: Omaha.

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  • noun a midwestern state on the Great Plains

Etymologies

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Nebraska probably gets its name from the archaic Chiwere words Ñí Brásge, pronounced [ˌɲĩˈbɾaskɛ] (contemporary Otoe Ñí Bráhge), or the Omaha-Ponca Ní Btháska, pronounced [ˌnĩˈbˡðaska], meaning "flat water," after the Platte River that flows through the state.

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  • Mysterious Nebraska-Shaped Field in… Nebraska.

    December 10, 2009

  • Easily explained as a case of scale invariance. I'll bet there are little Nebraska-shaped clods of dirt within that field.

    December 10, 2009

  • See, also, self-similarity and (ahem) field theory.

    December 10, 2009

  • Ha! I spent several days in that little town (Minden) a couple years ago. I could see why they might want a Nebraska-shaped field. They could use the tourist dollars. ;-)

    December 16, 2009

  • ruzuzu: and within those clods of dirt...

    December 17, 2009

  • Tiny Nebraska-shaped molecules. Of course, at the atomic level, who knows--they might look like nebraksa.

    December 17, 2009

  • Yes! The quantum world, a disconcertingly fucked-up mirror of the world we know.

    December 18, 2009

  • So, reesetee, I assume that you actually went through the exhibits at Pioneer Village. I've always been amused that its creator was named Harold Warp. Can't you just imagine Dr. Frank N. Furter in with all the farm implements?

    December 18, 2009

  • If you're looking for another strange attractor in Nebraska, you should check out Carhenge.

    December 18, 2009

  • Ruzuzu: you know about the exhibits at Pioneer Village? Another denizen of the Nebraska Time Warp?

    Let's do it again!

    December 18, 2009