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Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands

An island country in the central Pacific Ocean. Inhabited by Micronesian peoples, the islands were sighted by Spanish explorers in the early 1500s and were governed successively by Spain, Germany, and Japan before being captured in 1944 by the United States during World War II. In 1947 they became part of a US trust territory, during which time the United States carried out nuclear tests on Enewetak and Bikini atolls. The islands became self-governing in 1979 and attained independence in 1986. Majuro is the capital.

Mar′shal·lese′ (-shə-lēz′, -lēs′) adj. & n.

Marshall Islands

(ˈmɑːʃəl)
pl n
(Placename) a republic, consisting of a group of 34 coral islands in the W central Pacific: formerly part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (1947–87); status of free association with the US from 1986; consists of two parallel chains, Ralik and Ratak. Official languages: Marshallese and English. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: US dollar. Capital: Delap-Uliga-Djarrit, on Majuro atoll. Pop: 69 747 (2013 est). Area: (land) 181 sq km (70 sq miles); (lagoon) 11 655 sq km (4500 sq miles)

Mar′shall Is′lands


n.pl.
a group of 34 atolls in the W central Pacific: formerly a part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands; since 1986 a self-governing area associated with the U.S. 65,507; 70 sq. mi. (181 sq. km).
Mar`shall•ese′ (-ʃəˈliz, -ˈlis) n., pl. -ese, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Marshall Islands - a republic (under United States protection) on the Marshall IslandsMarshall Islands - a republic (under United States protection) on the Marshall Islands
Marshall Islands - a group of coral islands in eastern Micronesia
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
2.Marshall Islands - a group of coral islands in eastern MicronesiaMarshall Islands - a group of coral islands in eastern Micronesia
Federated States of Micronesia, Micronesia, TT - a country scattered over Micronesia with a constitutional government in free association with the United States; achieved independence in 1986
Marshall Islands, Republic of the Marshall Islands - a republic (under United States protection) on the Marshall Islands
Bikini - an atoll in the Marshall Islands; formerly used by the United States as a site for testing nuclear weapons
Eniwetok - an atoll in the Marshall Islands; site of an amphibious assault in World War II; later used temporarily by the United States to test atomic bombs
Kwajalein - an atoll in the western Marshall Islands that was used as a Japanese air and naval base during World War II
Translations
Marshallovy ostrovy
Marshallinsaaret
Marshalleilanden
Marshalløyene
Wyspy Marshalla
Ilhas Marshall
Marshallöarna
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In all the rural district near about, and even in the town of Marshall, a mile away, not one person of unbiased mind entertains a doubt of it; incredulity is confined to those opinionated persons who will be called "cranks" as soon as the useful word shall have penetrated the intellectual demesne of the Marshall Advance.
It stands a little way off the loneliest reach of the Marshall and Harriston road, in an opening which was once a farm and is still disfigured with strips of rotting fence and half covered with brambles overrunning a stony and sterile soil long unacquainted with the plow.
A few minutes afterward a belated farmer's boy met a light wagon which was being driven furiously toward the town of Marshall.
That's Marshall Elliott--a mighty fine man with jest one streak of foolishness in him.
As for Marshall, we're all used to him, but he must strike strangers as right down peculiar- looking.
Marshall Field's man, Anson Kirkpatrick, played the piano and sang all the latest sentimental songs.
In his later years, at different times, he was secretary of the Santo Domingo Commission, marshall and recorder of deeds of the District of Columbia, and United States Minister to Haiti.
Marshall, the Treasurer of the Hampton Institute, putting the situation before him and beseeching him to lend me the two hundred and fifty dollars on my own personal responsibility.
Up to that time I never had had in my possession so much money as one hundred dollars at a time, and the loan which I had asked General Marshall for seemed a tremendously large sum to me.
I found people in the town quite secure again in the presence of the military, and I heard for the first time from Marshall, the tobacconist, that his son was among the dead on the common.
Then he found a "Bowditch" and books by Lecky and Marshall.