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

  • A city of southern Quebec, Canada, a residential suburb of Montreal on Montreal Island. Population: 62,200.
  • A city of northeast France on the Meuse River west of Metz. Dating to Roman times and an important Carolingian commercial center, it was the site of a prolonged World War I battle (February-December 1916) in which French forces repelled a massive German offensive. The total casualties have been estimated at more than 700,000. The city was rebuilt after the war. Population: 19,300.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A long straight sword with a narrow-blade, used in the sixteenth century: a variety of the rapier of that period, carried rather in civil life than in war. The blade was 3 feet 6 inches or more in length. This weapon was considered as especially suitable for the duel.

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

  • n. a battle in World War I (1916); in some of the bloodiest fighting in World War I the German offensive was stopped


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