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 (rŏch′ĭ-stər, -ĕs′tər)
1. A town of southeast England east-southeast of London. From an ancient Roman settlement, it grew into an important medieval commercial center.
2. A city of southeast Minnesota that is southeast of Minneapolis. The Mayo Clinic (founded in 1889) is located here.
3. A city of western New York east-northeast of Buffalo on the New York State Canal System near Lake Ontario. It was first settled c. 1812 and grew rapidly after the opening of the Erie Canal (1825).
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1. (Placename) a city in SE England, in Medway unitary authority, Kent, on the River Medway. Pop: 27 123 (2001)
2. (Placename) a city in NW New York State, on Lake Ontario. Pop: 215 093 (2003 est)
3. (Placename) a city in the US, in Minnesota: site of the Mayo Clinic. Pop: 92 507 (2003 est)


(Biography) 2nd Earl of, title of John Wilmot. 1647–80, English poet, wit, and libertine. His poems include satires, notably A Satire against Mankind (1675), love lyrics, and bawdy verse
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(ˈrɒtʃ ɛs tər, -ə stər)

1. a city in W New York, on the Genesee River. 221,594.
2. a town in SE Minnesota. 60,300.
3. a city in N Kent, in SE England. 55,460.
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Noun1.Rochester - a city in western New YorkRochester - a city in western New York; a center of the photographic equipment industry
Empire State, New York State, NY, New York - a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies
2.Rochester - a town in southeast Minnesota
Gopher State, Minnesota, North Star State, MN - a midwestern state
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Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, son of him who played so conspicuous a part in the early chapters of this history, -- Villiers of Buckingham, a handsome cavalier, melancholy with women, a jester with men, -- and Wilmot, Lord Rochester, a jester with both sexes, were standing at this moment before the Lady Henrietta, disputing the privilege of making her smile.
Rochester bit his lips likewise; but his wit always dominated over his heart, it was purely and simply to repress a malicious smile.
"I beg your pardon," said Rochester, "but I think he has a companion."
"It is true, madam," said Rochester, bowing in his turn, "that Parry is the model of servants; but, madam, he is no longer young, and we laugh only when we see cheerful objects.
Rochester should take it into his head to come and reside here permanently; or, at least, visit it rather oftener: great houses and fine grounds require the presence of the proprietor."
Rochester's ward; he commissioned me to find a governess for her.
Rochester does: I can talk to you as I can to him, and so can Sophie.
Rochester carried me in his arms over a plank to the land, and Sophie came after, and we all got into a coach, which took us to a beautiful large house, larger than this and finer, called an hotel.
The only new book which I remember to have read in those two or three years at Dayton, when I hardly remember to have read any old ones, was the novel of 'Jane Eyre,' which I took in very imperfectly, and which I associate with the first rumor of the Rochester Knockings, then just beginning to reverberate through a world that they have not since left wholly at peace.
This coherent speech was interrupted by the entrance of the Rochester coachman, to announce that 'the Commodore' was on the point of starting.
Pickwick and his three companions had resolved to make Rochester their first halting-place too; and having intimated to their new-found acquaintance that they were journeying to the same city, they agreed to occupy the seat at the back of the coach, where they could all sit together.
In this strain, with an occasional glass of ale, by way of parenthesis, when the coach changed horses, did the stranger proceed, until they reached Rochester bridge, by which time the note-books, both of Mr.

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