North America


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North America

The northern continent of the Western Hemisphere, extending northward from the Colombia-Panama border and including Central America, Mexico, the islands of the Caribbean Sea, the United States, Canada, and Greenland. The term often refers more narrowly to Mexico, the continental United States, and Canada.

North American adj. & n.

North America

n
(Placename) the third largest continent, linked with South America by the Isthmus of Panama and bordering on the Arctic Ocean, the N Pacific, the N Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean. It consists generally of a great mountain system (the Western Cordillera) extending along the entire W coast, actively volcanic in the extreme north and south, with the Great Plains to the east and the Appalachians still further east, separated from the Canadian Shield by an arc of large lakes (Great Bear, Great Slave, Winnipeg, Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, Ontario); reaches its greatest height of 6194 m (20 320 ft) in Mount McKinley, Alaska, and its lowest point of 85 m (280 ft) below sea level in Death Valley, California, and ranges from snowfields, tundra, and taiga in the north to deserts in the southwest and tropical forests in the extreme south. Pop: 332 156 000 (2005 est). Area: over 24 000 000 sq km (9 500 000 sq miles)

North′ Amer′ica


n.
the northern continent of the Western Hemisphere, extending from Central America to the Arctic Ocean. Highest point, Mt. McKinley, 20,320 ft. (6194 m); lowest, Death Valley, 276 ft. (84 m) below sea level. 402,000,000; ab. 9,360,000 sq. mi. (24,242,400 sq. km).
North′ Amer′ican, n., adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.North America - a continent (the third largest) in the western hemisphere connected to South America by the Isthmus of PanamaNorth America - a continent (the third largest) in the western hemisphere connected to South America by the Isthmus of Panama
Plantation - a newly established colony (especially in the colonization of North America); "the practice of sending convicted criminals to serve on the Plantations was common in the 17th century"
northern hemisphere - the hemisphere that is to the north of the equator
continental divide - the watershed of a continent (especially the watershed of North America formed by a series of mountain ridges extending from Alaska to Mexico)
New World, western hemisphere, occident - the hemisphere that includes North America and South America
Occident, West - the countries of (originally) Europe and (now including) North America and South America
North American country, North American nation - any country on the North American continent
Mesoamerica - Mexico and Central America
Central America - the isthmus joining North America and South America; extends from the southern border of Mexico to the northern border of Colombia
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"
Latin America - the parts of North America and South America to the south of the United States where Romance languages are spoken
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
America - North America and South America and Central America
canyon, canon - a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall
Coast Mountains, Coast Range - a string of mountain ranges along the Pacific coast of North America from southeastern Alaska to Lower California
Great Plains, Great Plains of North America - a vast prairie region extending from Alberta and Saskatchewan and Manitoba in Canada south through the west central United States into Texas; formerly inhabited by Native Americans
Rockies, Rocky Mountains - the chief mountain range of western North America; extends from British Columbia to northern New Mexico; forms the continental divide
North American - a native or inhabitant of North America
plainsman - an inhabitant of a plains region (especially the Great Plains of North America)
2.North America - the nations of the North American continent collectively
aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole
American - a native or inhabitant of a North American or Central American or South American country
Translations
Severní Amerika
Nordamerika
Põhja-Ameerika
Pohjois-Amerikka
Sjeverna Amerika
Észak-Amerika
北アメリカ
북미
America de Nord
Severna Amerika
Nordamerika
ทวีปอเมริกาเหนือ
Bắc Mỹ

North America

nAmérique f du NordNorth American
adjnord-américain(e)
nNord-Américain(e) m/f

North America

nl'America del Nord

North America

أمْرِيكَا الْشّمَالِيَة Severní Amerika Nordamerika Nordamerika Βόρεια Αμερική Norteamérica Pohjois-Amerikka Amérique du Nord Sjeverna Amerika Nordamerica 北アメリカ 북미 Noord-Amerika Nord-Amerika Ameryka Północna América do Norte Северная Америка Nordamerika ทวีปอเมริกาเหนือ Kuzey Amerika Bắc Mỹ 北美洲
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The greater number of the inhabitants had an indistinct idea that England, London, and North America, were different names for the same place; but the better informed well knew that London and North America were separate countries close together, and that England was a large town in London
Indeed, all California, extending along the Pacific Ocean from latitude 19 30' to 42 north, is represented as one of the most fertile and beautiful regions in North America.
Look at the Mustela vison of North America, which has webbed feet and which resembles an otter in its fur, short legs, and form of tail; during summer this animal dives for and preys on fish, but during the long winter it leaves the frozen waters, and preys like other polecats on mice and land animals.
Few men exhibit greater diversity, or, if we may so express it, greater antithesis of character, than the native warrior of North America.
Eliot, in company with three others, whose names are not mentioned, having implored the divine blessing on the undertaking, made his first visit to the Indians on the 28th of October, 1646 at a place afterwards called Nonantum; a spot that has the honor of being the first on which a civilized and Christian settlement of Indians was effected within the English colonies of North America.
From out of the meagerness of our censored histories we learned that for fifteen years after the cessation of diplomatic relations between the United States of North America and the belligerent nations of the Old World, news of more or less doubtful authenticity filtered, from time to time, into the Western Hemisphere from the Eastern.
I FIRST HEARD OF Antonia on what seemed to me an interminable journey across the great midland plain of North America.
Far away, in North America, where the Red Indians dwell, there lived a long time ago a beautiful maiden, who was lovelier than any other girl in the whole tribe.
I wish to boast that Pygmalion has been an extremely successful play all over Europe and North America as well as at home.
But stop-- without going out of one's way to find a cause for war-- did not North America once belong to the English?
By this means, he observed, the entire command of the fur trade of North America might be obtained from lat.
The meeting has been successfully effected, on the shores of North America, three days since.

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