Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A country of central and northwest North America with coastlines on the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It includes the noncontiguous states of Alaska and Hawaii and various island territories in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. The area now occupied by the contiguous 48 states was originally inhabited by numerous Native American peoples and was colonized beginning in the 1500s by Spain, France, the Netherlands, and England. Great Britain eventually controlled most of the Atlantic coast and, after the French and Indian Wars (1754–1763), the Northwest Territory and Canada. The original Thirteen Colonies declared their independence from Great Britain in 1776 and formed a government under the Articles of Confederation in 1781, adopting (1787) a new constitution that went into effect after 1789. The nation soon began to expand westward. Growing tensions over the issue of black slavery divided the country along geographic lines, sparking the secession of the South and the Civil War (1861–1865). The remainder of the 1800s was marked by increased westward expansion, industrialization, and the influx of millions of immigrants. The United States entered World War II after the Japanese attack (1941) on Pearl Harbor and emerged after the war as a world power. Washington, DC, is the capital and New York the largest city.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun singular shortened form of the United States of America
  • proper noun plural The collection of individual states of the United States of America.
  • proper noun military Includes the land area, internal waters, territorial sea, and airspace of the United States, including the following:
  • proper noun Federal nation consisting of several states, actual, historical or hypothetical.

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

  • noun the executive and legislative and judicial branches of the federal government of the United States
  • noun North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • They literally believe that if you lowercase the 'u' in the phrase United States, you will break the bonds of government tyranny and become a free man, said Potok, the expert with the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    Bogus court filings spotlight little-known sect

  • That was a time when Thomas Jefferson referred to Virginia as "my country," and when the term United States was treated as a plural.

    The myth of the myth of the popular vote

  • That was a time when Thomas Jefferson referred to Virginia as "my country," and when the term United States was treated as a plural.

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • JACKI SCHECHNER, CNN INTERNET REPORTER: Wolf, here's the press release where they use the term United States entity.

    CNN Transcript Mar 9, 2006

  • They literally believe that if you lowercase the 'u' in the phrase United States, you will break the bonds of government tyranny and become a free man, said Potok, the expert with the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    FOXNews.com

  • United States person The term United States person means - (A) a citizen or resident of the

    WN.com - Financial News

  • - The term United States means the States, territories, and possessions of the United States and the District of Columbia.

    Latest Articles

  • - The term United States means the States, territories, and possessions of the United States and the District of Columbia.

    Latest Articles

  • The American Civil Liberties Union decried Gardner's execution as an example of what it called the United States '"barbaric, arbitrary and bankrupting practice of capital punishment."

    Ronnie Lee Gardner Executed By Firing Squad In Utah

  • The American Civil Liberties Union decried Gardner's execution as an example of what it called the United States '"barbaric, arbitrary and bankrupting practice of capital punishment."

    Firing squad's work done in Utah

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.