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A narrow strait separating European and Asian Turkey and joining the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara. It has been an important trade route since ancient times.


(ˈbɒspərəs) or


(Placename) the Bosporus a strait between European and Asian Turkey, linking the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara


(ˈbɒs pər əs)

also Bos•pho•rus


a strait connecting the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. 18 mi. (29 km) long.
Bos′po•ran, Bos•po•ran•ic (ˌbɒs pəˈræn ɪk) Bos•po•ri•an (bɒˈspɔr i ən, -ˈspoʊr-) adj.
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Noun1.Bosporus - a strait connecting the Mediterranean and the Black SeaBosporus - a strait connecting the Mediterranean and the Black Sea; separates the European and Asian parts of Turkey; an important shipping route
Republic of Turkey, Turkey - a Eurasian republic in Asia Minor and the Balkans; on the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1918, the Young Turks, led by Kemal Ataturk, established a republic in 1923


n the Bosporusder Bosporus
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Another media outlet reported in March that a huge Russian shipment of weapons bound for Syria in the form of one government-contracted sea-lifter and a naval landing ship recently transited the Bosphorus Strait.
Turkeyannounced on Monday the route for a planned canal that would reduce shipping traffic on the busy Bosphorus Strait and transform the European half of Istanbul into an island.
Turkish authorities have closed Istanbul's Bosphorus Strait on Thursday for rescuing a teenager who went missing one month ago, according to Xinhua News.
According to the Ottoman historian and traveler, Evliya Ecelebi, Hezarafen jumped from the top of the Galata Tower in Istanbul with his wings and managed to glide across the Bosphorus strait to Doy-ancylar Square -- about 2 miles away.
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The collision took place in fog outside the northwestern entrance to the Bosphorus Strait, one of the world's biggest shipping thoroughfares that passes through Istanbul into the Sea of Marmara.
Some customers jumped into the waters of the Bosphorus strait to escape the massacre.
We sail down the Bosphorus Strait, a natural waterway that splits Istanbul into Europe and Asia.
On July 15, soldiers seized control of a major television station, the main airport, and both bridges on the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul, forcing a news anchor to read out a prepared statement saying they were now running the country.
Our government and nation were honored with the presence of His Majesty the King during the opening ceremony of the third bridge spanning the Bosphorus Strait connecting Asia and Europe, the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge.
One of the worlds largest bridges designed to let traffic to cross the Bosphorus Strait between Europe and Asia and ease congestion in Istanbul is opened by Turkey.
The King was also one of the chief guests at the opening of Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge - a new link across the Bosphorus Strait, which divides Asia and Europe.