British Isles

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British Isles

A group of islands off the northwest coast of Europe comprising Great Britain, Ireland, and adjacent smaller islands.

British Isles

pl n
(Placename) a group of islands in W Europe, consisting of Great Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Orkney, Shetland, the Channel Islands belonging to Great Britain, and the islands adjacent to these

Brit′ish Isles′


n.pl.
a group of islands in W Europe: Great Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and adjacent small islands. 53,978,538; 120,592 sq. mi. (312,300 sq. km).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.British Isles - Great Britain and Ireland and adjacent islands in the north AtlanticBritish Isles - Great Britain and Ireland and adjacent islands in the north Atlantic
British Empire - a former empire consisting of Great Britain and all the territories under its control; reached its greatest extent at the end of World War I; it included the British Isles, British West Indies, Canada, British Guiana; British West Africa, British East Africa, India, Australia, New Zealand; "the sun never sets on the British Empire"
Great Britain, GB - an island comprising England and Scotland and Wales
Emerald Isle, Hibernia, Ireland - an island comprising the republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
Channel Island - any of a group of British islands in the English Channel off the northern coast of France
Isle of Man, Man - one of the British Isles in the Irish Sea
Atlantic, Atlantic Ocean - the 2nd largest ocean; separates North and South America on the west from Europe and Africa on the east
Isle of Wight, Wight - an isle and county of southern England in the English Channel
Translations
Briti saared
Brit-szigetek
Bretlandseyjar
Wyspy Brytyjskie

British Isles

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Ferguson passed for a purely chimerical personage of the Barnum stamp, who, after having gone through the United States, proposed to "do" the British Isles.
Now the people who lived in the British Isles long ago were not English.
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If you don't think it's lonesome wandering all by yourself through savage, unknown Pellucidar, why, just try it, and you will not wonder that I was glad of the company of this first dog--this living replica of the fierce and now extinct hyaenodon of the outer crust that hunted in savage packs the great elk across the snows of southern France, in the days when the mastodon roamed at will over the broad continent of which the British Isles were then a part, and perchance left his footprints and his bones in the sands of Atlantis as well.
She could not see the world divided into separate compartments of good people and bad people, any more than she could believe so implicitly in the rightness of her own thought as to wish to bring the population of the British Isles into agreement with it.
Indeed, with the single exception of the Earl of Wetherby, whose finances were so irregular that he could not be said to possess an income at all, he was the poorest man of his rank in the British Isles.
This was the residence of East and another boy in the same form, and had more interest for Tom than Windsor Castle, or any other residence in the British Isles. For was he not about to become the joint owner of a similar home, the first place he could call his own?
After we had landed, we found the same howling wilderness about us that we had discovered on the British Isle. There was no slightest indication that civilized man had ever set a foot upon that portion of the continent of Europe.
Plants have been used for thousands of years in the British Isles to treat animals, or as feeds to improve their health.
Pre-suppression Jesuit Activity in the British Isles and Ireland
Guests on board the small to mid-sized Vasco da Gama ship can now experience an 11-night sailing to more remote parts of the British Isles, together with a little French flair.
Concentrating on the Brinish Isles, this book on trees looks in detail at the different varieties in the British Isles, elements of a tree and how trees fit into our ecosystem.