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

  • A city of western California on a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, an inlet of the Pacific. A Spanish presidio and mission were founded here in 1776. The first settlement was known as Yerba Buena, and the name was changed to San Francisco after control of the town passed to the United States in 1846. Discovery of gold nearby in 1848 changed the city from a small community into a thriving boom town known for its lawlessness and bawdy amusements. The city was all but destroyed by a devastating earthquake and fire on April 18, 1906. Population: 744,000.

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  • proper n. A major coastal city in California of over 800,000 widely known for its unique culture, architecture, and homosexual population
  • proper n. The extinct culture of the city of the same name also known as the Ramaytush
  • proper n. Any place or institution named after St. Francis

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a port in western California near the Golden Gate that is one of the major industrial and transportation centers; it has one of the world's finest harbors; site of the Golden Gate Bridge


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