Hampshire


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Hamp·shire

 (hămp′shîr, -shər)
n.
1. Any of a breed of large sheep originating in England, having a black face and black ears and legs.
2. Any of a breed of swine originating in England and developed in the United States, having a black body with a white beltlike band around the shoulders and front legs.

[After Hampshire, a county of southern England.]

Hampshire

(ˈhæmpˌʃɪə; -ʃə)
n
(Placename) a county of S England, on the English Channel: crossed by the Hampshire Downs and the South Downs, with the New Forest in the southwest and many prehistoric and Roman remains: the geographical and ceremonial county includes Portsmouth and Southampton, which became independent unitary authorities in 1997. Administrative centre: Winchester. Pop (excluding unitary authorities): 1 251 000 (2003 est). Area (excluding unitary authorities): 3679 sq km (1420 sq miles). Abbreviation: Hants

Hampshire

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(Biography) Sir Stuart. 1914–2004, British philosopher: his publications include Thought and Action (1959), Two Theories of Morality (1977), and Innocence and Experience (1989)

Hamp•shire

(ˈhæmp ʃɪər, -ʃər)

n.
a county in S England. 1,578,700; 1460 sq. mi. (3780 sq. km).
Also called Hants.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Hampshire - a county of southern England on the English Channel
England - a division of the United Kingdom
Winchester - a city in southern England; administrative center of Hampshire
New Forest - an area of woods and heathland in southern Hampshire that was set aside by William I as Crown property in 1079; originally a royal hunting ground but now administered as parkland; noted for its ponies
2.Hampshire - British breed of hornless dark-faced domestic sheep
domestic sheep, Ovis aries - any of various breeds raised for wool or edible meat or skin
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In the ancient and populous county of Hampshire there was no lack of leaders or of soldiers for a service which promised either honor or profit.
The districts in New Hampshire in which the senators are chosen immediately by the people, are nearly as large as will be necessary for her representatives in the Congress.
THE first three numbers in this collection are tales of the White Hills in New Hampshire. The passages from Sketches from Memory show that Hawthorne had visited the mountains in one of his occasional rambles from home, but there are no entries in his Note Books which give accounts of such a visit.
That of New Hampshire is to be marched to Georgia, of Georgia to New Hampshire, of New York to Kentucky, and of Kentucky to Lake Champlain.
They were respectable persons, well and widely known in that part of Hampshire. Besides these, there were two strangers staying in the house.
There weekly arrive in this town scores of green Vermonters and New Hampshire men, all athirst for gain and glory in the fishery.
I remember the delight with which some six months ago I picked up the first "Dolittle" book in the Hampshire bookshop at Smith College in Northampton.
Eastwards rise the Appalachians, the very highest point of which, in New Hampshire, does not exceed the very moderate altitude of 5,600 feet.
They traveled in this way through the east of the Union, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire; the north and west by New York, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin; returning to the south by Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana; they went to the southeast by Alabama and Florida, going up by Georgia and the Carolinas, visiting the center by Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and Indiana, and, after quitting the Washington station, re-entered Baltimore, where for four days one would have thought that the United States of America were seated at one immense banquet, saluting them simultaneously with the same hurrahs!
The number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three.
It is related, with regard to the borough of Queen's Crawley, that Queen Elizabeth in one of her progresses, stopping at Crawley to breakfast, was so delighted with some remarkably fine Hampshire beer which was then presented to her by the Crawley of the day (a handsome gentleman with a trim beard and a good leg), that she forthwith erected Crawley into a borough to send two members to Parliament; and the place, from the day of that illustrious visit, took the name of Queen's Crawley, which it holds up to the present moment.
Likewise, I have heard that in the museum of Manchester, in New Hampshire, they have what the proprietors call the only perfect specimen of a Greenland or River Whale in the United States.

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