Columbia


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Co·lum·bi·a 1

 (kə-lŭm′bē-ə)
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

 (kə-lŭm′bē-ə)
n.
The United States.

[After Christopher Columbus.]

Columbia

(kəˈlʌmbɪə)
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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)

Columbia

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n
(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

Co•lum•bi•a

(kəˈlʌm bi ə)

n.
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
Translations

Columbia

[kəˈlʌmbɪə] N (District of) Columbia (US) → Distrito m de Columbia
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Among the American ships which traded along the northwest coast in 1792, was the Columbia, Captain Gray, of Boston.
When they had first descried the Columbia, they had supposed it a floating island; then some monster of the deep; but when they saw the boat putting for shore with human beings on board, they considered them cannibals sent by the Great Spirit to ravage the country and devour the inhabitants.
The Columbia, however, is believed to be the first ship that made a regular discovery and anchored within its waters, and it has since generally borne the name of that vessel.
49 degrees, whereas the mouth of the Columbia is about three degrees further south.
They ascended the Missouri, passed through the stupendous gates of the Rocky Mountains, hitherto unknown to white men; discovered and explored the upper waters of the Columbia, and followed that river down to its mouth, where their countryman, Gray, had anchored about twelve years previously.
The main feature of his scheme was to establish a line of trading posts along the Missouri and the Columbia, to the mouth of the latter, where was to be founded the chief trading house or mart.
This circumstance had suggested to him the idea of supplying the Russian establishment regularly by means of the annual ship that should visit the settlement at the mouth of the Columbia (or Oregon) ; by this means the casual trading vessels would be excluded from those parts of the coast where their malpractices were so injurious to the Russians.
He considered his projected establishment at the mouth of the Columbia as the emporium to an immense commerce; as a colony that would form the germ of a wide civilization; that would, in fact, carry the American population across the Rocky Mountains and spread it along the shores of the Pacific, as it already animated the shores of the Atlantic.
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.
They removed their emporium from Astoria to Fort Vancouver, a strong post on the left bank of the Columbia River, about sixty miles from its mouth; whence they furnished their interior posts, and sent forth their brigades of trappers.
A competition immediately ensued between the two companies for the trade with the mountain tribes and the trapping of the head-waters of the Columbia and the other great tributaries of the Pacific.
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.