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1       short for the       United States of America  
2      (Also called)    the Americas   the American continent, including North, South, and Central America  
     (C16: from Americus, Latin form of Amerigo; see Vespucci)  

America's Cup  
      n   an international yachting trophy, first won by the schooner America in 1851 and held as a challenge trophy by the New York Yacht Club until 1983  
British North America  
      n   (formerly) Canada or its constituent regions or provinces that formed part of the British Empire  
Central America  
      n   an isthmus joining the continents of North and South America, extending from the S border of Mexico to the NW border of Colombia and consisting of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Area: about 518000 sq. km (200000 sq. miles)  
  Central American      adj  
Confederate States of America  
      pl n     (U.S. history)   the 11 Southern states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Mississippi) that seceded from the Union in 1861, precipitating a civil war with the North. The Confederacy was defeated in 1865 and the South reincorporated into the U.S.  
Latin America  
      n   those areas of America whose official languages are Spanish and Portuguese, derived from Latin: South America, Central America, Mexico, and certain islands in the Caribbean  
  Latin American      n, adj  
Little America  
      n   the chief U.S. base in the Antarctic, on the Ross Ice Shelf: first established by Richard Byrd (1928); used for polar exploration  
Middle America  
1    the territories between the U.S. and South America: Mexico, Central America, Panama, and the Greater and Lesser Antilles  
2    the U.S. middle class, esp. those groups that are politically conservative  
  Middle American      adj, n  
North America  
      n   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 (20320 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.: 421006000 (1996 est.). Area: over 24000000 sq. km (9500000 sq. miles)  
  North American      adj, n  
South America  
      n   the fourth largest of the continents, bordering on the Caribbean in the north, the Pacific in the west, and the Atlantic in the east and joined to Central America by the Isthmus of Panama. It is dominated by the Andes Mountains, which extend over 7250 km (4500 miles) and include many volcanoes; ranges from dense tropical jungle, desert, and temperate plains to the cold wet windswept region of Tierra del Fuego. It comprises chiefly developing countries undergoing great changes. Pop.: 317846000 (1996). Area: 17816600 sq. km (6879000 sq. miles)  
  South American      adj, n  
Spanish America  
      n   the parts of America colonized by Spaniards from the 16th century onwards and now chiefly Spanish-speaking: includes all of South America (except Brazil, Guyana, French Guiana, and Surinam), Central America (except Belize), Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and a number of small Caribbean islands  
United States of America  
      n   functioning as sing or pl   a federal republic mainly in North America consisting of 50 states and the District of Columbia: colonized principally by the English and French in the 17th century, the native Indians being gradually defeated and displaced; 13 colonies under British rule made the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and became the United States after the War of American Independence. The northern states defeated the South in the Civil War (1861--65). It is the world's most productive industrial nation and also exports agricultural products. It participated reluctantly in World Wars I and II but since the establishment of the United Nations in 1945 has played a major role in international affairs. It consists generally of the Rocky Mountains in the west, the Great Plains in the centre, the Appalachians in the east, deserts in the southwest, and coastal lowlands and swamps in the southeast. Language: predominantly English; Spanish is also widely spoken. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: dollar. Capital: Washington, D.C. Pop.: 270262000 (1998 est. ). Area: 9518323 sq. km (3675031 sq. miles),   (Often shortened to)    United States     (Abbrevs.)    U.S., U.S.A.  
Volunteers of America  
      pl n   a religious body aimed at reform and relief of human need and resembling the Salvation Army in organization and tenets, founded in New York City in 1896 by Ballington Booth  
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a medium-sized semi-aquatic rodent native to North America
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