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(ˈwɪltʃə; -ˌʃɪə)
(Placename) a county of S England, consisting mainly of chalk uplands, with Salisbury Plain in the south and the Marlborough Downs in the north; prehistoric remains (at Stonehenge and Avebury); became a unitary authority in 2009: the geographical and ceremonial county includes Swindon unitary authority (established in 1997). Administrative centre: Trowbridge. Pop (excluding Swindon): 440 800 (2003 est). Area (excluding Swindon): 3481 sq km (1344 sq miles)


(ˈwɪlt ʃɪər, -ʃər)

1. Also called Wilts (wɪlts) a county in S England. 575,100; 1345 sq. mi. (3485 sq. km).
2. one of an English breed of white sheep having long, spiral horns.
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The Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, is considered a mysterious remnant of prehistoric times.
Set in Wiltshire, England in 1901, "The Honeyfield Bequest" is the story of Kathleen Keller, a young woman who is being forced by her cruel father into marriage with a man she despises.
While laying electrical lines between his farmhouse and barn in Wiltshire, England, Luke Irwin, a Dublin-born luxury rug designer, made an unexpected and incredible discovery--Roman mosaic tesserae buried just beneath the soil.
The lot is estimated at [euro]11,000 to [euro]17,000 and forms part of an auction of Titanic, White Star and ocean liner-related memorabilia due to be sold by Henry Aldridge and Son's Titanic and Icons sale in Wiltshire, England, on Saturday.
It comprises 104 two-metre high totems, in the form of a circle, reminiscent of the historic Stonehenge monument in Wiltshire, England.
An officer in Wiltshire, England, told a newsstand owner to give him the names of customers who bought the "survivors" issue Charlie Hebdo, published after the attack on the publication's offices.
He even made an unannounced stop at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, where he was visibly awe-struck by the ancient, mystical site after days of sitting in meetings talking about crises around the globe.
His victories were achieved at Windsor, England in May, Numana, Italy in June and Barbury Castle in Wiltshire, England earlier this month.
The 40-year-old family-owned company, named after an arcane British word for "condiments," makes its award-winning wholegrain mustards with mustard seed grown about two miles away from its Wiltshire, England factory.
Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated the successful firing of a Javelin missile from a turret at the Cranfield Ordnance Test & Evaluation Centre (COTEC) near Wiltshire, England.
Many of the writings presented here were originally published in The Roundway Review--a monthly pamphlet circulated by the Roundway Hospital, a psychiatric facility in Wiltshire, England, where Walrond was a "voluntary patient" from 1952 to 1957 (Introduction xxi).
The locked-in syndrome sufferer died on Wednesday in his native Wiltshire, England, after failing to win assurance that doctors could help him end his life.