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Alps

 (ălps)
A mountain system of south-central Europe, about 800 km (500 mi) long and 160 km (100 mi) wide, curving in an arc from the Riviera on the Mediterranean Sea through northern Italy and southeast France, Switzerland, southern Germany, and Austria and into the northwest part of the Balkan Peninsula. The highest peak is Mont Blanc, 4,808 m (15,774 ft), on the French-Italian border.

[Middle English Alpes, from Old English Alpis, from Latin Alpēs; see alp.]

Alps

(ælps)
pl n
1. (Placename) a mountain range in S central Europe, extending over 1000 km (650 miles) from the Mediterranean coast of France and NW Italy through Switzerland, N Italy, and Austria to Slovenia. Highest peak: Mont Blanc, 4807 m (15 771 ft)
2. (Placename) a range of mountains in the NW quadrant of the moon, which is cut in two by a straight fracture, the Alpine Valley

Alps

(ælps)

n.pl.
a mountain range in S Europe, extending from France through Switzerland and Italy into Austria and Yugoslavia. Highest peak, Mont Blanc, 15,781 ft. (4810 m).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Alps - a large mountain system in south-central EuropeAlps - a large mountain system in south-central Europe; scenic beauty and winter sports make them a popular tourist attraction
Italia, Italian Republic, Italy - a republic in southern Europe on the Italian Peninsula; was the core of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire between the 4th century BC and the 5th century AD
Austria, Oesterreich, Republic of Austria - a mountainous republic in central Europe; under the Habsburgs (1278-1918) Austria maintained control of the Holy Roman Empire and was a leader in European politics until the 19th century
France, French Republic - a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe
Schweiz, Suisse, Svizzera, Swiss Confederation, Switzerland - a landlocked federal republic in central Europe
Dolomite Alps - an eastern range of the Alps in northeastern Italy famous for their dolomitic limestone
Matterhorn - a mountain in the Alps on the border between Switzerland and Italy (14,780 feet high); noted for its distinctive shape
Mont Blanc, Monte Bianco - the highest mountain peak in the Alps; on the border between France and Italy to the south of Geneva (15,781 feet high)
Tyrolean Alps - a popular tourist area in the Tyrol
Weisshorn - a mountain in the Alps in Switzerland (14,804 feet high)
Translations
Alpy
Alperne
Alpid
Alpit
Alpe
Alpok
アルプス山脈
알프스 산맥
Alpes
Alperna
เทือกเขาแอลป์
dãy núi Alps

Alps

[ælps] NPL the Alpslos Alpes

Alps

[ˈælps] npl
the Alps → les Alpes fpl

Alps

plAlpen pl

Alps

[ælps] npl the Alpsle Alpi

Alps

جِبَال الأَلْب Alpy Alperne Alpen Άλπεις Alpes Alpit Alpes Alpe Alpi アルプス山脈 알프스 산맥 Alpen Alpene Alpy Alpes Альпы Alperna เทือกเขาแอลป์ Alpler dãy núi Alps 阿尔卑斯山
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Gnarled olive trees covered the hills with their dusky foliage, fruit hung golden in the orchard, and great scarlet anemones fringed the roadside, while beyond green slopes and craggy heights, the Maritime Alps rose sharp and white against the blue Italian sky.
When I assured him that I had heard her, he pointed out her picture and told me that Vasak had broken her leg, climbing in the Austrian Alps, and would not be able to fill her engagements.
He lives on the sea, as prairie cocks in the prairie; he hides among the waves, he climbs them as chamois hunters climb the Alps.
Detached broken fossils of pre-adamite whales, fragments of their bones and skeletons, have within thirty years past, at various intervals, been found at the base of the Alps, in Lombardy, in France, in England, in Scotland, and in the States of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
We swept through the prettiest little curving arms of the lake, among these colossal green walls, enjoying new delights, always, as the stately panorama unfolded itself before us and rerolled and hid itself behind us; and now and then we had the thrilling surprise of bursting suddenly upon a tremendous white mass like the distant and dominating Jungfrau, or some kindred giant, looming head and shoulders above a tumbled waste of lesser Alps.
I had come out of Italy, over one of the great passes of the Alps, and had since wandered with a guide among the by-ways of the mountains.
In fact, it is my humble opinion that the gipsies have been overdone, just as the Alps have been over-climbed.
Next, I saw Hannibal passing the Alps, who told me "he had not a drop of vinegar in his camp.
They have seen the value of the talking wire to hold their valley villages together; and so have cries-crossed the Alps with a cheap and somewhat flimsy system of telephony that carries sixty million conversations a year.
No; these grand lords on the other side of the Alps frequently marry into plain families; like Jupiter, they like to cross the race.
I hear the Holy Father Has sent a letter to the King of France Bidding him cross that shield of snow, the Alps, And make a peace in Italy, which will be Worse than a war of brothers, and more bloody Than civil rapine or intestine feuds.
When I was sixteen I was sent to Geneva to complete my course of education; and the change was a very happy one to me, for the first sight of the Alps, with the setting sun on them, as we descended the Jura, seemed to me like an entrance into heaven; and the three years of my life there were spent in a perpetual sense of exaltation, as if from a draught of delicious wine, at the presence of Nature in all her awful loveliness.