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 (dŭn′kûrk′) or Dun·kerque (dœN-kĕrk′)
A city of northern France on the North Sea. In World War II more than 330,000 Allied troops were evacuated from its beaches in the face of enemy fire (May-June 1940).
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(ˈdʌn kɜrk)

a seaport in N France: site of the evacuation of Allied forces under German fire 1940. 73,618.
French, Dun•kerque (dœ̃ˈkɛrk)
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Dunkirk - a crisis in which a desperate effort is the only alternative to defeat; "the Russians had to pull off a Dunkirk to get out of there"
crisis - an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty; "they went bankrupt during the economic crisis"
2.Dunkirk - a seaport in northern France on the North Sea; scene of the evacuation of British forces in 1940 during World War II
3.Dunkirk - an amphibious evacuation in World War II (1940) when 330,000 Allied troops had to be evacuated from the beaches in northern France in a desperate retreat under enemy fire
Second World War, World War 2, World War II - a war between the Allies (Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States, USSR, Yugoslavia) and the Axis (Albania, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Rumania, Slovakia, Thailand) from 1939 to 1945
France, French Republic - a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe
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[dʌnˈkɜːk] NDunquerque m
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[dʌnˈkɜːrk] nDunkerque
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Os assaltos aos navios portugueses ou espanhois nas viagens de regresso a Europa, carregados com produtos ultramarinos de grande valor, como os metais preciosos, mas tambem acucar, cacau, tabaco, madeiras, couros, especiarias, tornavam-se numa actividade altamente compensadora e legal, exercida tanto por franceses como por ingleses, que assim encontravam uma forma de financiar a guerra e de proporcionar lucros avultados a armadores e patrocinadores de expedicoes corsarias, como os de Saint-Malo, La Rochelle, Dunquerque e Brest.
More recently, two former managers of the Harbor of Dunquerque have been indicted for manslaughter and unintentional harm in the scope of an investigation on the death of sixteen dock laborers.
Todo recinto desta fabrica se afirmava em cinquenta ancoras, que no fundo lhe serviam de firmissimo alicerce; estas eram sustidas de amarras grossas, que se tiraram para esse efeito da frota e armazem, mas principalmente da armada de Dunquerque, que nas prevencoes a que os nauticos chamam mestranca, a todas as de Espanha fazia grande vantagem.
The survey was built around the meridian from Dunquerque to Perpignan, and an east-west line running from Brest to Strasbourg.