Definitions

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  • proper noun A river in the eastern United States that flows along the borders of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.
  • proper noun An unincorporated area in Montgomery County, Maryland, USA.
  • proper noun A village in Vermilion County, Illinois, USA.
  • proper noun astronomy The asteroid (1345) Potomac.

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  • noun term sometimes used to refer to Washington, D.C.
  • noun a river in the east central United States; rises in West Virginia in the Appalachian Mountains and flows eastward, forming the boundary between Maryland and Virginia, to the Chesapeake Bay

Etymologies

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The name Potomac is a European spelling of an Algonquian name which supposedly means "river of swans." Other accounts say the name means "place where people trade" or "the place to which tribute is brought". The natives called the river above the falls Cohongorooton, translated as "river of geese", and that area was renowned in early years for an abundance of both geese and swans. The spelling of the name has been simplified over the years from Patawomeke to Patowmack in the 18th century and now Potomac. The river's name was officially decided upon as Potomac by the Board on Geographic Names in 1931.

Examples

  • ROLAND S. MARTIN, CNN POLITICAL ANALYS.: For those of us not in the Beltway, this is what you guys call the Potomac two-step.

    CNN Transcript Mar 17, 2009

  • For now, we are in Virginia, because of course, Virginia is one of three spots holding either elections -- holding elections, primaries on Tuesday, what we call the Potomac primary: Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. So, also some breaking news we want to tell you about.

    CNN Transcript Feb 10, 2008

  • We have the -- what we call the Potomac primary coming up in Virginia.

    CNN Transcript Feb 6, 2008

  • Regardless, the foundation spent more than $500,000 on architects, environmental and real estate specialists, and even a public relations agency to produce and promote what it calls Potomac River Green.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Nick Chaconas, a Maryland real estate agent, said he was one week from completing a foreclosure deal for one client, who was buying a $470,000 fixer-upper in Potomac, when an e-mail arrived putting the deal on the skids.

    Buyers anxiously await foreclosure deals to go through

  • Nick Chaconas, a Maryland real estate agent, said he was one week from completing a foreclosure deal for one client, who was buying a $470,000 fixer-upper in Potomac, when an e-mail arrived putting the deal on the skids.

    Buyers anxiously await foreclosure deals to go through

  • Nick Chaconas, a Maryland real estate agent, said he was one week from completing a foreclosure deal for one client, who was buying a $470,000 fixer-upper in Potomac, when an e-mail arrived putting the deal on the skids.

    Buyers anxiously await foreclosure deals to go through

  • Nick Chaconas, a Maryland real estate agent, said he was one week from completing a foreclosure deal for one client, who was buying a $470,000 fixer-upper in Potomac, when an e-mail arrived putting the deal on the skids.

    Buyers anxiously await foreclosure deals to go through

  • Nick Chaconas, a Maryland real estate agent, said he was one week from completing a foreclosure deal for one client, who was buying a $470,000 fixer-upper in Potomac, when an e-mail arrived putting the deal on the skids.

    Buyers anxiously await foreclosure deals to go through

  • Nick Chaconas, a Maryland real estate agent, said he was one week from completing a foreclosure deal for one client, who was buying a $470,000 fixer-upper in Potomac, when an e-mail arrived putting the deal on the skids.

    Buyers anxiously await foreclosure deals to go through

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