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Co·lum·bi·a 1

1. A city of central Missouri north-northwest of Jefferson City. The main campus of the University of Missouri (established 1839) is here.
2. The capital of South Carolina, in the central part of the state at the head of the Santee River system. Although nearly destroyed in a fire during the Civil War, it is now the state's largest city. The University of South Carolina was established here in 1801.

Co·lum·bi·a 2

The United States.

[After Christopher Columbus.]


1. (Placename) a river in NW North America, rising in the Rocky Mountains and flowing through British Columbia, then west to the Pacific. Length: about 1930 km (1200 miles)
2. (Placename) a city in central South Carolina, on the Congaree River: the state capital. Pop: 117 357 (2003 est)


(Astronautics) the first test vehicle of the NASA space shuttle fleet to prove the possibility of routine access to space for scientific and commercial ventures


(kəˈlʌm bi ə)

1. a river in SW Canada and the NW United States, flowing S and W from SE British Columbia through Washington along the boundary between Washington and Oregon and into the Pacific. 1214 mi. (1955 km) long.
2. the capital of South Carolina, in the central part. 112,773.
3. a city in central Missouri. 64,330.
4. a city in central Maryland. 52,518.
5. the United States of America.
6. the first space shuttle to orbit and return to earth.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Columbia - a North American riverColumbia - a North American river; rises in southwestern Canada and flows southward across Washington to form the border between Washington and Oregon before emptying into the Pacific; known for its salmon runs in the spring
Canada - a nation in northern North America; the French were the first Europeans to settle in mainland Canada; "the border between the United States and Canada is the longest unguarded border in the world"
Evergreen State, WA, Washington - a state in northwestern United States on the Pacific
2.Columbia - a town in west central Tennessee
Tennessee, TN, Volunteer State - a state in east central United States
3.Columbia - capital and largest city in South Carolina; located in central South Carolina
Palmetto State, SC, South Carolina - a state in the Deep South; one of the original 13 colonies
4.Columbia - a university town in central Missouri
Missouri, Show Me State, MO - a midwestern state in central United States; a border state during the American Civil War, Missouri was admitted to the Confederacy without actually seceding from the Union
5.Columbia - a university in New York CityColumbia - a university in New York City  
Ivy League - a league of universities and colleges in the northeastern United States that have a reputation for scholastic achievement and social prestige
Greater New York, New York, New York City - the largest city in New York State and in the United States; located in southeastern New York at the mouth of the Hudson river; a major financial and cultural center


[kəˈlʌmbɪə] N (District of) Columbia (US) → Distrito m de Columbia
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It was because of it that Columbia was the gem of the ocean; and all her future triumphs, her power and good repute among the nations, depended upon the zeal and fidelity with which each citizen held up the hands of those who were toiling to maintain it.
He says: "In that company of seventy-six persons, who attempted, in 1848, to escape from the District of Columbia in the schooner Pearl, and whose officers I assisted in defending, there were several young and healthy girls, who had those peculiar attractions of form and feature which connoisseurs prize so highly.
monarch of a realm about as big as the District of Columbia -- you could stand in the middle of it and throw bricks into the next kingdom.
Beside this appeared a figure of Columbia, copied from the top of the cigar box that held the crayons.
In his later years, at different times, he was secretary of the Santo Domingo Commission, marshall and recorder of deeds of the District of Columbia, and United States Minister to Haiti.
It came from outside--from the quiet laboratory of a Columbia professor who had arrived in the United States as a young Hungarian immigrant not many years earlier.
John Jacob Astor to establish an American emporium for the fur trade at the mouth of the Columbia, or Oregon River; of the failure of that enterprise through the capture of Astoria by the British, in 1814; and of the way in which the control of the trade of the Columbia and its dependencies fell into the hands of the Northwest Company.
John Jacob Astor, relative to that portion of our country, and to the adventurous traders to Santa Fe and the Columbia.
Columbia, and that he had taken charge of the Point Prospect Mission Church for the summer.
Then," said the doomed one, "I should just like to remark that you are the most unspeakable old imbecile in seven States and the District of Columbia.
And while I forgot that I had plunged into the books nineteen hours a day for three solid months, Charley Le Grant shifted my outfit into a big Columbia River salmon boat.
When South America, that is to say, Peru, Chili, Brazil, the provinces of La Plata and Columbia, had poured forth their quota into their hands, the sum of $300,000, it found itself in possession of a considerable capital, of which the following is a statement: