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Noun1.colonisation - the act of colonizingcolonisation - the act of colonizing; the establishment of colonies; "the British colonization of America"
establishment, constitution, formation, organisation, organization - the act of forming or establishing something; "the constitution of a PTA group last year"; "it was the establishment of his reputation"; "he still remembers the organization of the club"
population - the act of populating (causing to live in a place); "he deplored the population of colonies with convicted criminals"
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(ˈkoləni) plural ˈcolonies noun
1. (a group of people who form) a settlement in one country etc which is under the rule of another country. France used to have many colonies in Africa.
2. a group of people having the same interests, living close together. a colony of artists.
3. a collection of animals, birds etc, of one type, living together. a colony of gulls.
coˈlonial (-ˈlou-) adjective
Britain was formerly a colonial power.
coˈlonialism noun
coˈlonialist noun
and adjective.
ˈcolonize, ˈcolonise verb
to establish a colony in (a place). The English colonized New England in 1620.
ˈcolonist noun
ˌcoloniˈzation, ˌcoloniˈsation noun
References in classic literature ?
The East-Indian and Chinese markets, the colonisation of America, trade with the colonies, the increase in the means of exchange and in commodities generally, gave to commerce, to navigation, to industry, an impulse
Distribution of fresh-water productions -- On the inhabitants of oceanic islands -- Absence of Batrachians and of terrestrial Mammals -- On the relation of the inhabitants of islands to those of the nearest mainland -- On colonisation from the nearest source with subsequent modification -- Summary of the last and present chapters.
Cette ONG, opposee a la colonisation, a souligne que dans les quartiers arabes de la ville [beaucoup moins que] vivent 2.
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of four different apicultural products obtained from the same source on hive colonisation, honey yield and precolonization insect pest infestation.
Samantha Price at the University of California, Davis, and her colleagues found that out of two peaks of reef colonisation by acanthomorphs, one began 25 million years before the mass extinction, marking the end of the Cretaceous, and the second peak of colonisation began right after that cataclysmic event.
Mediterranean Voyages: The Archaeology of Island Colonisation and Abandonment
La partie historique offre un apercu du developpement de la region du lac Megantic, puis une presentation detaillee de la Compagnie nantaise de colonisation et de l'histoire de l'immigration francaise.
Les avocats palestiniens du boycottage de l'occupation et la colonisation israeliennes jugent illusoires les negociations que tentent de relancer les Eetats-Unis, appelant a investir plutot dans cette forme de "resistance pacifique", inspiree de la lutte contre l'apartheid en Afrique du Sud.
Colonisation by Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus in healthy children.
Thus the Welsh are equally ``guilty'' of colonisation and should not cry ``foul'' because of a relatively small influx of English speakers.
Colonisation thus destroys languages, cultures and communities rather than enriching them.
The other structural cause of agricultural decline identified by those Rheaume interviewed was the absence of good colonisation roads.