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

  • A river, about 241 km (150 mi) long, of northern France flowing west and northwest to the English Channel. Tanks were first used in warfare during the devastating Battle of the Somme (1916).

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  • proper n. One of the d├ępartements of Picardie, France

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An old spelling of some, sum.
  • In heraldry:
  • Same as horned.
  • Same as surmounted.

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

  • n. battle of World War II (1944)
  • n. battle in World War I (1916)


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  • "The Missing of the Somme" is a lyrical meditation on memory and the meaning of World War I.

    Their Name Still Liveth

  • Then I caught a second TV documentary, about another World War I battle, this one also in the north of France, at a place called Somme, which resulted in 1.5 million casualties.

    Dancing with the Devil

  • The Somme is the first ship of the French naval task force to undergo maintenance and repair in Simon's Town.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • A fortified farm called Somme had been captured, and that was about all.

    The Story of the "9th King's" in France

  • While he was organizing his army, which was to be called, with unconscious irony, "The Army of Pursuit" -- the battles of the Somme were a siege rather than a pursuit -- he desired to take over the chateau at Tilques, in which the war correspondents were then quartered.

    Now It Can Be Told

  • The battle of the Somme was the most favorable for solitary airplanes, or airplanes coupled like hunting-dogs.

    Georges Guynemer

  • The Marne, the Meuse, and the Somme are the Rivers of Valour.

    An African Adventure

  • The introduction to the Somme was a rude awakening.

    Flying for France. With the American Escadrille at Verdun

  • It was about eight o'clock one morning that Captain Lauder was killed, between Courcellete and Poizieres, on the Ancre, in the region that is known as the Somme battlefield.

    A Minstrel in France

  • The German sausage balloon had not been up for days; it had probably gone off to the Somme; the Somme was a terrible vortex just then which was sucking away the resources of the whole German line; but still discipline is discipline.

    War and the future: Italy, France and Britain at war


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