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An island of southeast Massachusetts south of Cape Cod, from which it is separated by Nantucket Sound, an arm of the Atlantic Ocean. Settled in 1659, the island was part of New York until 1692, when it was ceded to Massachusetts. It was a whaling center until the mid-1850s and is now a popular resort.
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(Placename) an island off SE Massachusetts: formerly a centre of the whaling industry; now a resort. Length: nearly 24 km (15 miles). Width: 5 km (3 miles). Pop (county and town): 10 724 (2003 est)
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an island off SE Massachusetts: summer resort. 5087; 15 mi. (24 km) long.
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|Noun||1.||Nantucket - an island resort off Cape Cod; formerly a center of the whaling industry|
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