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A·las·ka(ə-lăs′kə) Abbr. AK or Alas.
A state of the United States in extreme northwest North America including the Aleutian Islands and Alexander Archipelago and separated from the other mainland states by Canada. Purchased from Russia in 1867, Alaska received an influx of settlers during the Alaskan gold rush of the 1890s and was admitted as the 49th state in 1959. It includes a vast area of Arctic wilderness and is home to a large population of Alaska Natives. Juneau is the capital and Anchorage the largest city.
A·las′kan adj. & n.
1. (Placename) the largest state of the US, in the extreme northwest of North America: the aboriginal inhabitants are Inuit and Yupik; the earliest White settlements were made by the Russians; it was purchased by the US from Russia in 1867. It is mostly mountainous and volcanic, rising over 6000 m (20 000 ft), with the Yukon basin in the central region; large areas are covered by tundra; it has important mineral resources (chiefly coal, oil, and natural gas). Capital: Juneau. Pop: 648 818 (2003 est). Area: 1 530 694 sq km (591 004 sq miles). Abbreviation: Alas or AK (with zip code)
2. (Placename) Gulf of Alaska the N part of the Pacific, between the Alaska Peninsula and the Alexander Archipelago
1. a state of the United States in NW North America. 626,932; 586,400 sq. mi. (1,519,000 sq. km). Cap.: Juneau. Abbr.: AK, Alas.
2. Gulf of, a gulf of the Pacific Ocean on the coast of S Alaska.
A•las′kan, adj., n.
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|Noun||1.||Alaska - a state in northwestern North America; the 49th state admitted to the union; "Alaska is the largest state in the United States"|
Alaskan pipeline, trans-Alaska pipeline - an oil pipeline that runs 800 miles from wells at Prudhoe Bay to the port of Valdez
Iditarod Trail - a trail that extends 1,100 miles from Anchorage over the Alaska Range to Nome
Denali National Park - a large national park in Alaska having peaks of the Alaska Range (including Mount McKinley) and the huge Denali fault
Gates of the Arctic National Park - a large national park in Alaska featuring the Great Mendenhall Glacier
Katmai National Park - a national park in Alaska featuring mountains
Kenai Fjords National Park - a national park in Alaska having mountains and whale watching and ancient Indian copper mines
Kobuk Valley National Park - a national park in Alaska having mountains and forests and tundra and sand dunes and archeological sites
Lake Clark National Park - a national park in Alaska having Eskimo and Athapaskan archeological sites
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park - the largest national park of the United States; located in Alaska
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - 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
Anchorage - a city in south central Alaska; "Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska"
Nome - a town in western Alaska on the southern coast of the Seward Peninsula; an important center of an Alaskan gold rush at the beginning of the 20th century
Sitka - a town in southeastern Alaska that was the capital of Russian America and served as the capital of Alaska from 1867 until 1906
Skagway - a town in southeastern Alaska at the northern end of the Inside Passage; a gateway to the Klondike during the Alaskan gold rush
Valdez - a port on Alaska's southern coast from which oil is shipped to markets around the world
Seward Peninsula - a peninsula in western Alaska that projects westward into the Bering Sea just below the Arctic Circle
Alexander Archipelago - a group of islands off southeastern Alaska
Alaska Peninsula - a peninsula of southwestern Alaska (a continuation of the Aleutian Islands)
Alaska Range - a mountain range in south central Alaska; contains Mount McKinley
Denali Fault - a major open geological fault in Alaska
Mount Hubbard, Hubbard - a mountain peak in southeastern Alaska that is part of the Coast Range (14,950 feet high)
Inland Passage, Inside Passage - a naturally protected waterway from Seattle to Skagway in southeastern Alaska
Kodiak, Kodiak Island - an island off southern Alaska in the Gulf of Alaska; site of the first European settlement in the area which was founded by the Russians in 1784
Denali, Mount McKinley, Mt. McKinley, McKinley - a mountain in south central Alaska; the highest peak in North America (20,300 feet high)
Prudhoe Bay - a bay on the northern coast of Alaska where oil was discovered in 1968
Alaska[əˈlæskə] n → Alaska m
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