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1. The capital of Illinois, in the central part of the state. It became the state capital in 1837 and was home to Abraham Lincoln for many years.
2. A city of southwest Massachusetts on the Connecticut River near the Connecticut border. Settled in 1636, it was the site of a national armory (1794-1968) and was an important producer of small arms. The game of basketball originated at a local school (1891).
3. A city of southwest Missouri south-southwest of Kansas City on the Ozark Plateau. It grew as a supply depot in the 1850s.
4. A city of west-central Ohio northeast of Dayton. It grew as a trade and manufacturing center after the completion of the National Road (1838) and the coming of the railroad (mid-1800s).
5. A city of west-central Oregon just east of Eugene, near the foothills of the Cascade Range.


1. (Placename) a city in S Massachusetts, on the Connecticut River: the site of the US arsenal and armoury (1794–1968), which developed the Springfield and Garand rifles. Pop: 152 157 (2003 est)
2. (Placename) a city in SW Missouri. Pop: 150 867 (2003 est)
3. (Placename) a city in central Illinois, capital of the state: the home and burial place of Abraham Lincoln. Pop: 113 586 (2003 est)



1. a city in S Massachusetts, on the Connecticut River. 149,948.
2. a city in SW Missouri. 143,407.
3. the capital of Illinois, in the central part. 112,921.
4. a city in W Ohio. 69,550.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Springfield - capital of the state of Illinois
IL, Illinois, Land of Lincoln, Prairie State - a midwestern state in north-central United States
2.Springfield - a city of southwestern 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
3.Springfield - a city and manufacturing center in southwestern Massachusetts on the Connecticut River
Bay State, Massachusetts, Old Colony, MA - a state in New England; one of the original 13 colonies
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Zeena always came back laden with expensive remedies, and her last visit to Springfield had been commemorated by her paying twenty dollars for an electric battery of which she had never been able to learn the use.
We went on next morning, still by railroad, to Springfield.
SPRINGFIELD - The Springfield chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international sorority of women promoting excellence in education, has selected several Springfield School District teachers to honor this year.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the estimated $85 billion Greater Springfield Development, developed by Springfield Land Corporation (SLC), had created around 17,000 jobs since construction started in 1992.
Springfield had until recently relied primarily on in-house expertise for the maintenance and support of its networks and server infrastructure.
Cities across the USA with the same name fought for the right to be named the official Simpsons setting, with the title eventually going to Springfield in Vermont.
Three Fuchs scrap handlers work on several tasks at the CMC Springfield yard.
The Springfield Professional Optics 6x40 Government Model scope is factory-calibrated to MIA ballistics.
Fastenetics has signed a 2,219 SF lease at 447 Springfield Ave.
Unless you know pop history, the name Buffalo Springfield probably suggests Dusty's bison-hugging brother.
Bishop Ryan was auxiliary bishop in Joliet, Illinois, when he was appointed to Springfield in 1983.
did the backup for Marvin Gaye from the wings," recalls Dusty in Bravo Profiles: Dusty Springfield, which airs repeatedly on the cable network.

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