Memphis


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Mem·phis

 (mĕm′fĭs)
1. An ancient city of Egypt south of Cairo. Reputedly founded by Menes, the first king of united Egypt, it was the chief city of the Nile delta until the foundation of Alexandria. Its remains include an extensive necropolis.
2. A city of southwest Tennessee on the Mississippi River near the Mississippi border. Established and named (1819) by Andrew Jackson on the site of a fort built in 1797, it was an important Union base after its capture by federal troops in 1862 during the Civil War. Memphis is today a major port and a tourist center famous for its associations with blues music.

Memphis

(ˈmɛmfɪs)
n
1. (Placename) a port in SW Tennessee, on the Mississippi River: the largest city in the state; a major cotton and timber market; Memphis State University (1909). Pop: 645 978 (2003 est)
2. (Placename) a ruined city in N Egypt, the ancient centre of Lower Egypt, on the Nile: administrative and artistic centre, sacred to the worship of Ptah

Mem•phis1

(ˈmɛm fɪs)

n.
1. a port in SW Tennessee, on the Mississippi. 596,725.
2. a ruined city in N Egypt, on the Nile, S of Cairo: ancient capital of Egypt.
Mem•phi•an, adj., n.
Mem′phite, adj., n.

Mem•phis2

(ˈmɛm fɪs)

n. adj.
[allegedly suggested to Ettore Sottsass, one of the group's founders, by the Bob Dylan song “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again” in December, 1980]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Memphis - largest city of TennesseeMemphis - largest city of Tennessee; located in southwestern Tennessee on bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River
Tennessee, TN, Volunteer State - a state in east central United States
2.Memphis - an ancient city of Egypt on the Nile (south of Cairo)Memphis - an ancient city of Egypt on the Nile (south of Cairo)
Arab Republic of Egypt, Egypt, United Arab Republic - a republic in northeastern Africa known as the United Arab Republic until 1971; site of an ancient civilization that flourished from 2600 to 30 BC
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A couple of nigger traders come along, and the king sold them the niggers reasonable, for three-day drafts as they called it, and away they went, the two sons up the river to Memphis, and their mother down the river to Orleans.
Those belonging to the little Cairo line and the little Memphis line always stopped; the big Orleans liners stopped for hails only, or to land passengers or freight; and this was the case also with the great flotilla of "transients.
It may, therefore, be easily imagined there is no scarcity of guides at the Colosseum, that wonder of all ages, which Martial thus eulogizes: "Let Memphis cease to boast the barbarous miracles of her pyramids, and the wonders of Babylon be talked of no more among us; all must bow to the superiority of the gigantic labor of the Caesars, and the many voices of Fame spread far and wide the surpassing merits of this incomparable monument.
The journey to Cairo, one hundred and thirty miles by rail, can be made in a few hours, and from which can be visited the site of ancient Memphis, Joseph's Granaries, and the Pyramids.
All inquiry into antiquity, all curiosity respecting the Pyramids, the excavated cities, Stonehenge, the Ohio Circles, Mexico, Memphis,--is the desire to do away this wild, savage, and preposterous There or Then, and introduce in its place the Here and the Now.
7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Kick off your shoes, hang up your jacket and make yourself comfortable at the Residence Inn Memphis East.
The Memphis Economic Development Plan (MemphisED) is one of four major initiatives under the umbrella of Memphis Fast Forward.
Memphis had such great athletes, according to the pundits, it didn't need to worry about what the other team did.
Similarly, the living wage would also differ for a family that lives in Memphis than from a family that lives in San Francisco.
On March 11th of this year, Memphis experienced the first of what would become a three-month spree of residential break-ins.
Memphis is located in the New Madrid seismic zone, an ax-shaped area that extends from just west of the city to southern Illinois.
Four weeks later, West Memphis police announced the arrests of 18-year-old Damien Echols, 17-year-old-Jessie Misskelley Jr.