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Phil·a·del·phi·a

 (fĭl′ə-dĕl′fē-ə)
1. An ancient city northeast of the Dead Sea in modern-day Jordan. The chief city of the Ammonites, it was enlarged and embellished by Ptolemy II Philadelphus (285-246 bc) and named in honor of him. Amman, the capital of Jordan, is now on the site.
2. An ancient Greek city of Asia Minor in present-day western Turkey. Founded in the second century bc, Philadelphia was a center of early Christianity.
3. The largest city of Pennsylvania, in the southeast part of the state on the Delaware River. It was founded as a Quaker colony by William Penn in 1681 on the site of an earlier Swedish settlement. The First and Second Continental Congresses (1774 and 1775-1776) and the Constitutional Convention (1787) met in the city, which served as the capital of the United States from 1790 to 1800.

Phil′a·del′phi·an adj. & n.

Philadelphia

(ˌfɪləˈdɛlfɪə)
n
(Placename) a city and port in SE Pennsylvania, at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers: the fourth largest city in the US; founded by Quakers in 1682; cultural and financial centre of the American colonies and the federal capital (1790–1800); scene of the Continental Congresses (1774–83) and the signing of the Declaration of Independence (1776). Pop: 1 479 339 (2003 est)

Phil•a•del•phi•a

(ˌfɪl əˈdɛl fi ə)

n.
a city in SE Pennsylvania, on the Delaware River. 1,478,002.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Philadelphia - the largest city in PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia - the largest city in Pennsylvania; located in the southeastern part of the state on the Delaware river; site of Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed; site of the University of Pennsylvania
Benjamin Franklin Bridge - a suspension bridge across the Delaware River
Independence Hall - the building in Philadelphia where the Declaration of Independence was signed
Walt Whitman Bridge - a suspension bridge across the Delaware River
Keystone State, Pennsylvania, PA - a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies
Translations
Filadelfie
Philadelphie
פילדלפיה

Philadelphia

[ˌfɪləˈdelfɪə] NFiladelfia f
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I was with the Philadelphia Institute expedition in the Bad Lands under Professor Cope, hunting mastodon bones, and I overheard him say, his own self, that any plantigrade circumflex vertebrate bacterium that hadn't wings and was uncertain was a reptile.
On my passage, I paid particular attention to the direction which the steamboats took to go to Philadelphia.
As though the very stars in their courses were working for this young wizard with the talking wire, the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia opened its doors exactly two months after the telephone had learned to talk.
Their Congress, assembled at Philadelphia, once--twice--had petitioned the king; had remonstrated to Parliament; had addressed the people of Britain, for the rights of Englishmen-- in vain.
Still continuing no less attached to union than enamored of liberty, they observed the danger which immediately threatened the former and more remotely the latter; and being pursuaded that ample security for both could only be found in a national government more wisely framed, they as with one voice, convened the late convention at Philadelphia, to take that important subject under consideration.
Resolved, That in the opinion of Congress it is expedient, that on the second Monday of May next a convention of delegates, who shall have been appointed by the several States, be held at Philadelphia, for the sole and express purpose OF REVISING THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION, and reporting to Congress and the several legislatures such ALTERATIONS AND PROVISIONS THEREIN, as shall, when agreed to in Congress, and confirmed by the States, render the federal Constitution ADEQUATE TO THE EXIGENCIES OF GOVERNMENT AND THE PRESERVATION OF THE UNION.
A Continental Congress assembled at Philadelphia,'' said Grandfather, "and proposed such measures as they thought most conducive to the public good.
Franklin in Philadelphia, march along the street munching a penny-loaf, it was only because he had not the penny-loaf necessary to the performance.
During the fifteen years of his literary life Poe was connected with various newspapers and magazines in Richmond, Philadelphia and New York.
From their conversation I have gathered that they have been married about seven years, that he was a widower, and that his only child by the first wife was the daughter who has gone to Philadelphia.
It came all the way from Philadelphia, from Zeena's aunt that married the minister.
They came from the yards of Washington and Philadelphia, full tilt in two squadrons, and but for one sentinel airship hard by Trenton, the surprise would have been complete.
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