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me·trop·o·lis

 (mĭ-trŏp′ə-lĭs)
n.
1. A major city, especially the chief city of a country or region: Chicago, the metropolis of the Midwest.
2. A city or an urban area regarded as the center of a specific activity: a great cultural metropolis.
3. Ecclesiastical The chief see of a metropolitan bishop.
4. The mother city or country of an overseas colony, especially in ancient Greece.

[Middle English metropol, from Late Latin mētropolis, mother-city, from Greek : mētēr, mētr-, mother; see māter- in Indo-European roots + polis, city; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

metropolis

(mɪˈtrɒpəlɪs)
n, pl -lises
1. (Human Geography) the main city, esp of a country or region; capital
2. a centre of activity
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the chief see in an ecclesiastical province
[C16: from Late Latin from Greek: mother city or state, from mētēr mother + polis city]

me•trop•o•lis

(mɪˈtrɒp ə lɪs)

n., pl. -lis•es.
1. any large, busy city, esp. the chief city of a country or region.
2. a central place of some activity: a trading metropolis.
3. the mother city or parent state of a colony, esp. of an ancient Greek colony.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin mētropolis < Greek mētrópolis a mother state or city]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.metropolis - a large and densely populated urban areametropolis - a large and densely populated urban area; may include several independent administrative districts; "Ancient Troy was a great city"
concrete jungle - an area in a city with large modern buildings that is perceived as dangerous and unpleasant
central city, city center, city centre - the central part of a city
financial center - the part of a city where financial institutions are centered
down town, municipal center, civic center - the center of a city
inner city - the older and more populated and (usually) poorer central section of a city
medical center - the part of a city where medical facilities are centered
municipality - an urban district having corporate status and powers of self-government
national capital - the capital city of a nation
provincial capital - the capital city of a province
state capital - the capital city of a political subdivision of a country
2.metropolis - people living in a large densely populated municipality; "the city voted for Republicans in 1994"
municipality - people living in a town or city having local self-government

metropolis

noun city, town, capital, big city, municipality, conurbation, megalopolis the bustling metropolis

metropolis

noun
A large and important town:
Informal: burg, town.
Translations
المَدينَه الأم، المدينَه الكُبْرى
metropole
hovedstad
urbego
metropolimetropolis
stórborg
didmiesčiodidžiausias miestasmetropolismunicipalinissostinė
galvaspilsētametropole
metropola
başkentbüyük kent

metropolis

[mɪˈtrɒpəlɪs] Nmetrópoli f

metropolis

[məˈtrɒpəlɪs] nmétropole f

metropolis

nMetropole f, → Weltstadt f; (= capital)Hauptstadt f

metropolis

[mɪˈtrɒpəlɪs] nmetropoli f inv

metropolis

(məˈtropəlis) noun
a large city, especially the chief city of a country. London is England's metropolis.
metropolitan (metrəˈpolitən) adjective
of or in a capital city. the metropolitan area/police.
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Damon came over frequently to consult with Tom and Ned, and finally the last of their baggage had been packed, certain of Tom's inventions and implements sent on by express to New York to be taken to Honduras, and then our friends themselves followed to the metropolis.
In the feverish, pulsating life of the young metropolis they often stopped oppressed, giddy, and choking; the roar of the streets and thoroughfares was meaningless to them, except to revive strange memories of the deep, unvarying monotone of the evening wind over their humbler roof on the Sierran hillside.
It was already thronged with the craftsmen and other plebeian inhabitants of the town, in considerable numbers, among whom, likewise, were many rough figures, whose attire of deer-skins marked them as belonging to some of the forest settlements, which surrounded the little metropolis of the colony.
Seen from the Pequod's deck, then, as she would rise on a high hill of the sea, this host of vapory spouts, individually curling up into the air, and beheld through a blending atmosphere of bluish haze, showed like the thousand cheerful chimneys of some dense metropolis, descried of a balmy autumnal morning, by some horseman on a height.
All this had been half an hour ago, and the sun, the heat, the dust, the contemplation of errands to be done in the great metropolis of Milltown, had lulled Mr.
In this district, as in other districts remote from the wealthy quarters of the metropolis, the hideous London vagabond -- with the filth of the street outmatched in his speech, with the mud of the street outdirtied in his clothes -- lounges, lowering and brutal, at the street corner and the gin-shop door; the public disgrace of his country, the unheeded warning of social troubles that are yet to come.
Micawber, 'that your peregrinations in this metropolis have not as yet been extensive, and that you might have some difficulty in penetrating the arcana of the Modern Babylon in the direction of the City Road, - in short,' said Mr.
The journey from our town to the metropolis, was a journey of about five hours.
As when a Scout Through dark and desart wayes with peril gone All night; at last by break of chearful dawne Obtains the brow of some high-climbing Hill, Which to his eye discovers unaware The goodly prospect of some forein land First-seen, or some renownd Metropolis With glistering Spires and Pinnacles adornd, Which now the Rising Sun guilds with his beams.
Fifteen hundred of the emperor's largest horses, each about four inches and a half high, were employed to draw me towards the metropolis, which, as I said, was half a mile distant.
Should we be long permitted to remain in the quiet and undisturbed enjoyment of a metropolis, from the possession of which we derived an advantage so odious to our neighbors, and, in their opinion, so oppressive?
I looked, and afar off I saw an immense Polygonal structure, in which I recognized the General Assembly Hall of the States of Flatland, surrounded by dense lines of Pentagonal buildings at right angles to each other, which I knew to be streets; and I perceived that I was approaching the great Metropolis.

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