states


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to states: status

state

 (stāt)
n.
1.
a. A condition or mode of being, as with regard to circumstances: The office was in a state of confusion.
b. A condition of being in a stage or form, as of structure, growth, or development: the fetal state.
c. A mental or emotional condition: in a manic state.
d. Informal A condition of excitement or distress: was in a state over going to the prom.
e. Social position or rank.
2. Physics The condition of a physical system with regard to phase, form, composition, or structure: Ice is the solid state of water.
3. Ceremony; pomp: foreign leaders dining in state at the White House.
4.
a. The supreme public power within a sovereign political entity: the state intervening in the economy.
b. The sphere of supreme civil power within a given polity: matters of state.
c. A specific kind of government: the socialist state.
d. A body politic, especially one constituting a nation: the states of Eastern Europe.
e. One of the more or less internally autonomous territorial and political units composing a federation under a sovereign government: the 48 contiguous states of the Union.
adj.
1. Of or relating to a body politic or to an internally autonomous territorial or political unit constituting a federation under one government: a monarch dealing with state matters; the department that handles state security.
2. Owned and operated by a state: state universities.
tr.v. stat·ed, stat·ing, states
To set forth in words; declare.

[Middle English, from Old French estat, from Latin status; see stā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

stat′a·ble, state′a·ble adj.
Synonyms: state, condition, situation, status
These nouns denote the mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing: an old factory in a state of disrepair; a jogger in healthy condition; a police officer responding to a dangerous situation; the uncertain status of the peace negotiations.

States

(steɪts)
n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the States (functioning as singular or plural) an informal name for United States of America

states

  • nation, country - A nation is made up of states—and a country is a nation defined geographically.
  • political map - Shows the boundaries of cities, states, and countries.
  • statistic - Comes from a German noun describing knowledge dealing with the constitutions and resources of the states of the world.
  • booster name - A nickname for a state (as on a license plate).
Translations

States

[ˈsteɪts] npl
the States (= the US) → les États-Unis mplState's attorney n (US)procureur(e) m/fstate school nécole f publiquestate secret nsecret m d'État

States

[steɪts] npl the States (USA) → gli Stati mpl Uniti
References in classic literature ?
And those from the States do not come to Honduras except for two reasons.
He seemed to us an experienced and worldly man who had been almost everywhere; in his conversation he threw out lightly the names of distant states and cities.
The sound of a cannon, shot at Sumter, has rolled across the Southern States, and its echo is heard along the whole stretch of Cote Joyeuse.
Philologists have said that there are but two or three languages, properly speaking, among all the numerous tribes which formerly occupied the country that now composes the United States.
From that time, until the happy return of peace between the United States and Great-Britain, the Indians did us no mischief.
He had subsequently travelled New England and the Middle States, as a peddler, in the employment of a Connecticut manufactory of cologne-water and other essences.
I doubt greatly -- or, rather, I do not doubt at all -- whether any public functionary of the United States, either in the civil or military line, has ever had such a patriarchal body of veterans under his orders as myself.
There were exactly states of the air, conditions of sound and of stillness, unspeakable impressions of the KIND of ministering moment, that brought back to me, long enough to catch it, the feeling of the medium in which, that June evening out of doors, I had had my first sight of Quint, and in which, too, at those other instants, I had, after seeing him through the window, looked for him in vain in the circle of shrubbery.
I take it that this part of the bill must have run something like this: Grand Contested Election for the Presidency of the United States.
They were drovers and stock raisers, who had come from far states, and brokers and commission merchants, and buyers for all the big packing houses.
Dogs is no 'count in these yer up states where these critters gets carried; of course, ye can't get on their track.
It not only divided States and churches, it divides families; ay, it divides the individual, separating the diabolical in him from the divine.