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The northern continent of the Western Hemisphere, extending northward from the Colombia-Panama border and including Central America, Mexico, the islands of the Caribbean Sea, the United States, Canada, and Greenland. The term often refers more narrowly to Mexico, the continental United States, and Canada.
North American adj. & n.
(Placename) the third largest continent, linked with South America by the Isthmus of Panama and bordering on the Arctic Ocean, the N Pacific, the N Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean. It consists generally of a great mountain system (the Western Cordillera) extending along the entire W coast, actively volcanic in the extreme north and south, with the Great Plains to the east and the Appalachians still further east, separated from the Canadian Shield by an arc of large lakes (Great Bear, Great Slave, Winnipeg, Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, Ontario); reaches its greatest height of 6194 m (20 320 ft) in Mount McKinley, Alaska, and its lowest point of 85 m (280 ft) below sea level in Death Valley, California, and ranges from snowfields, tundra, and taiga in the north to deserts in the southwest and tropical forests in the extreme south. Pop: 332 156 000 (2005 est). Area: over 24 000 000 sq km (9 500 000 sq miles)
the northern continent of the Western Hemisphere, extending from Central America to the Arctic Ocean. Highest point, Mt. McKinley, 20,320 ft. (6194 m); lowest, Death Valley, 276 ft. (84 m) below sea level. 402,000,000; ab. 9,360,000 sq. mi. (24,242,400 sq. km).
North′ Amer′ican, n., adj.
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|Noun||1.||North America - a continent (the third largest) in the western hemisphere connected to South America by the Isthmus of Panama|
Plantation - a newly established colony (especially in the colonization of North America); "the practice of sending convicted criminals to serve on the Plantations was common in the 17th century"
northern hemisphere - the hemisphere that is to the north of the equator
continental divide - the watershed of a continent (especially the watershed of North America formed by a series of mountain ridges extending from Alaska to Mexico)
New World, western hemisphere, occident - the hemisphere that includes North America and South America
Occident, West - the countries of (originally) Europe and (now including) North America and South America
Mesoamerica - Mexico and Central America
Central America - the isthmus joining North America and South America; extends from the southern border of Mexico to the northern border of Colombia
Canada - a nation in northern North America; the French were the first Europeans to settle in mainland Canada; "the border between the United States and Canada is the longest unguarded border in the world"
Latin America - the parts of North America and South America to the south of the United States where Romance languages are spoken
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
America - North America and South America and Central America
Coast Mountains, Coast Range - a string of mountain ranges along the Pacific coast of North America from southeastern Alaska to Lower California
Great Plains, Great Plains of North America - a vast prairie region extending from Alberta and Saskatchewan and Manitoba in Canada south through the west central United States into Texas; formerly inhabited by Native Americans
Rockies, Rocky Mountains - the chief mountain range of western North America; extends from British Columbia to northern New Mexico; forms the continental divide
North American - a native or inhabitant of North America
plainsman - an inhabitant of a plains region (especially the Great Plains of North America)
|2.||North America - the nations of the North American continent collectively|
aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole
American - a native or inhabitant of a North American or Central American or South American country
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