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'hood
(slang) a neighborhood
 
's Gravenhage
the site of the royal residence and the de facto capital in the western part of the Netherlands; seat of the International Court of Justice
 
4WD
a motor vehicle with a four-wheel drive transmission system
 
A-horizon
the top layer of a soil profile; usually contains humus
 
Aalborg
a city and port in northern Jutland
 
Aalst
a town in central Belgium
 
Aarhus
port city of Denmark in eastern Jutland
 
Abadan
a port city in southwestern Iran
 
abandoned ship
a ship abandoned on the high seas
 
abatis
a line of defense consisting of a barrier of felled or live trees with branches (sharpened or with barbed wire entwined) pointed toward the enemy
 
abattoir
a building where animals are butchered
 
abbacy
the jurisdiction or office of an abbot
 
abbey
a monastery ruled by an abbot
 
abbey
a convent ruled by an abbess
 
abbey
a church associated with a monastery or convent
 
abdominal wall
a wall of the abdomen
 
Aberdare
a mining town in southern Wales
 
Aberdeen
a city in northeastern Scotland on the North Sea
 
Aberdeen
a town in northeastern Maryland
 
Aberdeen
a town in northeastern South Dakota
 
Aberdeen
a town in western Washington
 
Abidjan
city recognized by the United States as the capital of the Ivory Coast; largest city of the Ivory Coast
 
Abilene
a city in central Texas
 
Abilene
a town in central Kansas to the west of Topeka; home of Dwight D. Eisenhower
 
Abkhazia
an autonomous province of Georgia on the Black Sea; a strong independence movement has resulted in much instability
 
ABM
a defensive missile designed to shoot down incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles
 
abode
housing that someone is living in
 
abode
any address at which you dwell more than temporarily
 
Abruzzi e Molise
a mountainous region of central Italy on the Adriatic
 
abutment
point of contact between two objects or parts
 
abutment
a masonry support that touches and directly receives thrust or pressure of an arch or bridge
 
abutment arch
an arch supported by an abutment
 
Abydos
an ancient Greek colony on the Asiatic side of the Dardanelles; scene of the legend of Hero and Leander
 
abysm
a bottomless gulf or pit; any unfathomable (or apparently unfathomable) cavity or chasm or void extending below (often used figuratively)
 
academy
a learned establishment for the advancement of knowledge
 
Acadia
the French-speaking part of the Canadian Maritime Provinces
 
Acadia National Park
a national park in Maine showing marine erosion and glaciation; includes seashore and also the highest point on the Atlantic coast
 
Acapulco de Juarez
a port and fashionable resort city on the Pacific coast of southern Mexico; known for beaches and water sports (including cliff diving)
 
access road
a short road giving access to an expressway
 
access
a way of entering or leaving
 
Accho
a town and port in northwestern Israel in the eastern Mediterranean
 
accommodation
living quarters provided for public convenience
 
accommodation ladder
(nautical) a portable ladder hung over the side of a vessel to give access to small boats alongside
 
accordion door
an interior door that opens by folding back in sections (rather than by swinging on hinges)
 
Achaea
a region of ancient Greece on the north coast of the Peloponnese
 
aclinic line
an imaginary line paralleling the equator where a magnetic needle has no dip
 
acme
the highest point (of something)
 
Aconcagua
the highest mountain in the western hemisphere; located in the Andes in western Argentina (22,834 feet high)
 
Acre
a territory of western Brazil bordering on Bolivia and Peru
 
acropolis
the citadel in ancient Greek towns
 
Actium
an ancient town on a promontory in western Greece
 
active site
the part of an enzyme or antibody where the chemical reaction occurs
 
acute angle
an angle less than 90 degrees but more than 0 degrees
 
Adam's Peak
a mountain peak in south central Sri Lanka (7,360 feet high)
 
addition
a suburban area laid out in streets and lots for a future residential area
 
address
the place where a person or organization can be found or communicated with
 
Adelaide
the state capital of South Australia
 
Adelie Coast
a costal region of Antarctica to the south of Australia; noted for its large colonies of penguins
 
Aden
an important port of Yemen; located on the Gulf of Aden; its strategic location has made it a major trading center of southern Arabia since ancient times
 
adit
a nearly horizontal passage from the surface into a mine
 
adjoining room
a hotel room that shares a wall with another hotel room
 
administrative district
a district defined for administrative purposes
 
adobe house
a house built of sod or adobe laid in horizontal courses
 
Adrianopolis
a city in northwestern Turkey; a Thracian town that was rebuilt and renamed by the Roman Emperor Hadrian
 
Adzharia
an autonomous province of Georgia on the Black Sea
 
aerial ladder
mechanically extendible ladder; used on a fire truck
 
aerial ladder truck
a fire engine carrying ladders
 
aerial tramway
a conveyance that transports passengers or freight in carriers suspended from cables and supported by a series of towers
 
aerie
any habitation at a high altitude
 
aerodrome
an airfield equipped with control tower and hangars as well as accommodations for passengers and cargo
 
aeroplane
an aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets
 
aerospace
the atmosphere and outer space considered as a whole
 
African country
any one of the countries occupying the African continent
 
agonic line
an imaginary line connecting points on the Earth's surface where the magnetic declination is zero
 
agora
the marketplace in ancient Greece
 
agora
a place of assembly for the people in ancient Greece
 
Agra
a city in northern India; former capital of the Mogul empire; site of the Taj Mahal
 
Agrigento
a town in Italy in southwestern Sicily near the coast; the site of six Greek temples
 
aid station
(military) a station located near a combat area for giving first aid to the wounded
 
aim
the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies
 
air
the region above the ground
 
air base
a base for military aircraft
 
air duct
a duct that provides ventilation (as in mines)
 
air hose
a hose that carries air under pressure
 
air lane
a designated route followed by airplanes in flying from one airport to another
 
air lock
a chamber that provides access to space where air is under pressure
 
air shaft
a shaft for ventilation
 
air space
the space in the atmosphere immediately above the earth
 
air terminal
a terminal that serves air travelers or air freight
 
air transportation system
a transportation system for moving passengers or goods by air
 
air
the mass of air surrounding the Earth
 
air-intake
a duct that admits air to be mixed with fuel
 
air-raid shelter
a chamber (often underground) reinforced against bombing and provided with food and living facilities; used during air raids
 
air-to-air missile
a missile designed to be launched from one airplane at another
 
air-to-ground missile
a missile designed to be launched from an airplane at a target on the ground
 
airbus
a subsonic jet airliner operated over short distances
 
aircraft
a vehicle that can fly
 
aircraft carrier
a large warship that carries planes and has a long flat deck for takeoffs and landings
 
airdock
a large structure at an airport where aircraft can be stored and maintained
 
airfield
a place where planes take off and land
 
airframe
the framework and covering of an airplane or rocket (excluding the engines)
 
airhead
a bridgehead seized by airborne troops
 
airing cupboard
a warm cupboard where you put newly washed clothes until they are completely dry
 
airliner
a commercial airplane that carries passengers
 
airship
a steerable self-propelled aircraft
 
airspace
the atmosphere above a nation that is deemed to be under its jurisdiction
 
airstrip
an airfield without normal airport facilities
 
aisle
part of a church divided laterally from the nave proper by rows of pillars or columns
 
aisle
a long narrow passage (as in a cave or woods)
 
aisle
passageway between seating areas as in an auditorium or passenger vehicle or between areas of shelves of goods as in stores
 
Aix-la-Chapelle
a city in western Germany near the Dutch and Belgian borders; formerly it was Charlemagne's northern capital
 
Akron
a city in northeastern Ohio; the heart of the United States rubber industry
 
Al Aqabah
Jordan's port; located in southwestern Jordan on the Gulf of Aqaba
 
Al Ladhiqiyah
a seaport on the western coast of Syria
 
Al Madinah
a city in western Saudi Arabia; site of the tomb of Muhammad; the second most holy city of Islam
 
Al-Hudaydah
an important port in Yemen on the Red Sea
 
Al-Mukalla
a port in southern Yemen on the Gulf of Aden to the east of Aden
 
Albanian capital
the capital and largest city of Albania in the center of the country
 
Albany
a town in southwest Georgia; processing center for peanuts and pecans
 
Alberta
one of the three prairie provinces in western Canada; rich in oil and natural gas and minerals
 
Albion
archaic name for England or Great Britain; used poetically
 
Albuquerque
the largest city in New Mexico; located in central New Mexico on the Rio Grande river
 
alcazar
any of various Spanish fortresses or palaces built by the Moors
 
alcove
a small recess opening off a larger room
 
alehouse
a tavern where ale is sold
 
Aleppo
a city in northwestern Syria
 
Alexandria
a town in Louisiana on the Red River
 
Algerian capital
an ancient port on the Mediterranean; the capital and largest city of Algeria
 
Alhambra
a fortified Moorish palace built near Granada by Muslim kings in the Middle Ages
 
all-terrain bike
a bicycle with a sturdy frame and fat tires; originally designed for riding in mountainous country
 
Allentown
a city in eastern Pennsylvania; an industrial and commercial center
 
alley
a narrow street with walls on both sides
 
alley
a lane down which a bowling ball is rolled toward pins
 
Alma-Ata
the largest city in Kazakhstan and the capital until 1998
 
Aloha State
a state in the United States in the central Pacific on the Hawaiian Islands
 
Alpena
a town in northern Michigan on an arm of Lake Huron
 
Alpine lift
a surface lift where riders hold a bar and are pulled up the hill on their skis
 
Alsatia
a region of northeastern France famous for its wines
 
altar
a raised structure on which gifts or sacrifices to a god are made
 
altarpiece
a painted or carved screen placed above and behind an altar or communion table
 
Altoona
a town in central Pennsylvania
 
Amarillo
a city in the northern panhandle of Texas
 
ambiance
the atmosphere of an environment
 
ambulance
a vehicle that takes people to and from hospitals
 
ambulatory
a covered walkway (as in a cloister)
 
amen corner
area reserved for persons leading the responsive `amens'
 
American Samoa
a United States territory on the eastern part of the island of Samoa
 
American state
one of the 50 states of the United States
 
American Stock Exchange
a stock exchange in New York
 
amphibian
an airplane designed to take off and land on water
 
amphibian
a flat-bottomed motor vehicle that can travel on land or water
 
amphitheater
a sloping gallery with seats for spectators (as in an operating room or theater)
 
amphitheater
an oval large stadium with tiers of seats; an arena in which contests and spectacles are held
 
Amphitheatrum Flavium
a large amphitheater in Rome whose construction was begun by Vespasian about AD 75 or 80
 
amusement arcade
an arcade featuring coin-operated game machines
 
amusement park
a commercially operated park with stalls and shows for amusement
 
An Nefud
a desert in northern Saudi Arabia that is noted for its red sand and violent winds
 
Anaheim
a city in southern California (southeast of Los Angeles); site of Disneyland
 
Anchorage
a city in south central Alaska
 
anchorage
place for vessels to anchor
 
Ancohuma
a mountain peak in the Andes in Bolivia (20,960 feet high)
 
Andalusia
a region in southern Spain on the Atlantic and the Mediterranean; formerly a center of Moorish civilization
 
Andhra Pradesh
a state of southeastern India on the Bay of Bengal
 
anechoic chamber
a chamber having very little reverberation
 
angle
the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians
 
angle of attack
the acute angle between the direction of the undisturbed relative wind and the chord of an airfoil
 
angle of dip
(physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon
 
angle of extinction
the angle from its axis that a crystal must be rotated before appearing maximally dark when viewed in polarized light
 
angle of incidence
the angle that a line makes with a line perpendicular to the surface at the point of incidence
 
angle of inclination
(geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis)
 
angle of reflection
the angle between a reflected ray and a line perpendicular to the reflecting surface at the point of incidence
 
angle of refraction
the angle between a refracted ray and a line perpendicular to the surface between the two media at the point of refraction
 
angle of view
the angle included by a photographic lens
 
angledozer
a bulldozer with an angled moldboard to push earth to one side
 
Anglia
the Latin name for England
 
Angolan capital
port city on Atlantic coast; the capital and largest city of Angola
 
Angostura Bridge
a suspension bridge across the Orinoco River at Ciudad Bolivar
 
angular distance
the angular separation between two objects as perceived by an observer
 
Anjou
a former province of western France in the Loire valley
 
Ann Arbor
a city in southern Michigan near Detroit; site of the University of Michigan
 
Annaba
a port city of northeastern Algeria near the Tunisian border
 
Annapurna
a mountain in the Himalayas in Nepal (26,500 feet high)
 
anomaly
(astronomy) position of a planet as defined by its angular distance from its perihelion (as observed from the sun)
 
Antakiya
a town in southern Turkey; ancient commercial center and capital of Syria; an early center of Christianity
 
Antalya
a port city in southwestern Turkey on the Gulf of Antalya
 
antapex
the point opposite in direction from the solar apex; the point the solar system is moving away from
 
Antarctic Circle
a line of latitude north of the south pole
 
antechamber
a large entrance or reception room or area
 
antigenic determinant
the site on the surface of an antigen molecule to which an antibody attaches itself
 
Antigua and Barbuda
a country in the northern Leeward Islands
 
antinode
(physics) the point of maximum displacement in a periodic system
 
antipodes
any two places or regions on diametrically opposite sides of the Earth
 
Antofagasta
a port city on the Pacific in northern Chile
 
Antonine Wall
a fortification 37 miles long across the narrowest part of southern Scotland (between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde); built in 140 to mark the frontier of the Roman province of Britain
 
Antwerpen
a busy port and financial center in northern Belgium on the Scheldt river; it has long been a center for the diamond industry and the first stock exchange was opened there in 1460
 
Anzio
a town of central Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea; the Allies established a beachhead at Anzio in World War II
 
apadana
the great hall in ancient Persian palaces
 
apartment building
a building that is divided into apartments
 
apartment
a suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house
 
APC
(military) an armored vehicle (usually equipped with caterpillar treads) that is used to transport infantry
 
Apeldoorn
a city of east central Netherlands; a popular tourist center and site of the summer residence of the Dutch royal family
 
aperture
a natural opening in something
 
apex
the point on the celestial sphere toward which the sun and solar system appear to be moving relative to the fixed stars
 
aphelion
apoapsis in solar orbit; the point in the orbit of a planet or comet that is at the greatest distance from the sun
 
apiary
a shed containing a number of beehives
 
apoapsis
(astronomy) the point in an orbit farthest from the body being orbited
 
apogee
apoapsis in Earth orbit; the point in its orbit where a satellite is at the greatest distance from the Earth
 
apojove
apoapsis in orbit around Jupiter
 
apolune
apoapsis in orbit around the moon
 
apothecary's shop
a retail shop where medicine and other articles are sold
 
Appalachia
an impoverished coal mining area in the Appalachian Mountains (from Pennsylvania to North Carolina)
 
apparent horizon
the line at which the sky and Earth appear to meet
 
Appian Way
an ancient Roman road in Italy extending south from Rome to Brindisi; begun in 312 BC
 
apple orchard
a grove of apple trees
 
applecart
a handcart from which apples and other fruit are sold in the street
 
Appleton
a town in eastern Wisconsin
 
Appleton layer
the highest region of the ionosphere (from 90 to 600 miles up) which contains the highest concentration of free electrons and is most useful for long-range radio transmission
 
approach pattern
the path that is prescribed for an airplane that is preparing to land at an airport
 
approach
the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing
 
apron
(golf) the part of the fairway leading onto the green
 
apse
a domed or vaulted recess or projection on a building especially the east end of a church; usually contains the altar
 
aquarium
a tank or pool or bowl filled with water for keeping live fish and underwater animals
 
Aquarius the Water Bearer
the eleventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about January 20 to February 18
 
aqueduct
a conduit that resembles a bridge but carries water over a valley
 
Aquila degli Abruzzi
the provincial capital of the Abruzzi region in central Italy
 
Aquitania
a region of southwestern France between Bordeaux and the Pyrenees
 
Arab Republic of Egypt
a republic in northeastern Africa known as the United Arab Republic until 1971; site of an ancient civilization that flourished from 2600 to 30 BC
 
Aragon
a region of northeastern Spain; a former kingdom that united with Castile in 1479 to form Spain (after the marriage of Ferdinand V and Isabella I)
 
Aram
the biblical name for ancient Syria
 
arbor
a framework that supports climbing plants
 
arboretum
a facility where trees and shrubs are cultivated for exhibition
 
arc-boutant
a buttress that stands apart from the main structure and connected to it by an arch
 
arcade
a covered passageway with shops and stalls on either side
 
arcade
a structure composed of a series of arches supported by columns
 
Arcadia
a department of Greece in the central Peloponnese
 
arch
(architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it
 
arch
a passageway under a curved masonry construction
 
archbishopric
the territorial jurisdiction of an archbishop
 
archdeaconry
the territorial jurisdiction of an archdeacon
 
archdiocese
the diocese of an archbishop
 
archduchy
the domain controlled by an archduke or archduchess
 
archeological site
the site of an archeological exploration
 
Arches National Park
a national park in Utah including mountains and the Colorado River gorge and huge rock formations caused by erosion
 
architecture
an architectural product or work
 
architrave
the lowest part of an entablature; rests immediately on the capitals of the columns
 
archive
a depository containing historical records and documents
 
Arctic Circle
a line of latitude near but to the south of the north pole; it marks the northernmost point at which the sun is visible on the northern winter solstice and the southernmost point at which the midnight sun can be seen on the northern summer solstice
 
area
a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function
 
area
a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)
 
areaway
a passageway between buildings or giving access to a basement
 
arena
the central area of an ancient Roman amphitheater where contests and spectacles were held; especially an area that was strewn with sand
 
arena theater
a theater arranged with seats around at least three sides of the stage
 
arena
a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments
 
arena
a playing field where sports events take place
 
Arequipa
a city in southern Peru founded in 1540 on the site of an ancient Inca city
 
Argentine Republic
a republic in southern South America; second largest country in South America
 
Argos
an ancient city in southeastern Greece; dominated the Peloponnese in the 7th century BC
 
Ariana
city in Tunisia
 
Aries the Ram
the first sign of the zodiac which the sun enters at the vernal equinox; the sun is in this sign from about March 21 to April 19
 
ark
a boat built by Noah to save his family and animals from the flood
 
Arlington
a city in northern Texas between Dallas and Fort Worth
 
arm
any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm
 
Armageddon
(New Testament) the scene of the final battle between the kings of the Earth at the end of the world
 
armored car
a military combat vehicle on wheels with light armor (and usually a machine gun)
 
armored car
an armor-plated truck with strong doors and locks used to transport money or valuables
 
armored combat vehicle
an enclosed armored military vehicle; has a cannon and moves on caterpillar treads
 
armored vehicle
a vehicle that is protected by armor plate
 
armory
a place where arms are manufactured
 
armory
a military structure where arms and ammunition and other military equipment are stored and training is given in the use of arms
 
army base
a large base of operations for an army
 
army hut
temporary military shelter
 
Arnhem
a city in the central Netherlands on the lower Rhine River; site of a battle in 1944 during World War II
 
arrival gate
gate where passengers disembark
 
arrowhead
the pointed head or striking tip of an arrow
 
art gallery
a room or series of rooms where works of art are exhibited
 
art school
a school specializing in art
 
Artemision at Ephesus
the large temple of the Greek goddess Artemis which was begun at Ephesus in 541 BC and completed 220 years later; the temple was destroyed by the Goths in 262
 
arterial road
a major or main route
 
artery
a major thoroughfare that bears important traffic
 
articulated ladder
a ladder consisting of segments (usually four) that are held together by joints that can lock in place
 
articulated lorry
a truck consisting of a tractor and trailer together
 
artist's loft
a factory loft that has been converted into an artist's workroom and living area
 
artist's workroom
a studio especially for an artist or designer
 
Artois
a former province of northern France near the English Channel (between Picardy and Flanders)
 
Asahikawa
a city on western Hokkaido that is the center of a fertile agricultural area
 
ascending node
the point at which an orbit crosses the ecliptic plane going north
 
Asheville
a town in western North Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west of Charlotte
 
ashram
(India) a place of religious retreat for Hindus
 
ashram
a place of religious retreat modeled after the Indian ashram
 
Asian country
any one of the nations occupying the Asian continent
 
Asian Russia
the Russia that is part of Asia
 
Asmera
the capital of Eritrea
 
Aspadana
city in central Iran; former capital of Persia
 
asparagus bed
a bed in which asparagus is growing
 
Aspinwall
a port city at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal
 
Assam
state in northeastern India
 
assault gun
an armored vehicle with the chassis of a tank (but no turret) and a large gun; used as an antitank weapon and to support infantry
 
assembly hall
a hall where many people can congregate
 
assembly plant
a factory where manufactured parts are assembled into a finished product
 
assembly
a public facility to meet for open discussion
 
associated state
a state or territory partly controlled by (but not a possession of) a stronger state but autonomous in internal affairs; protectorates are established by treaty
 
Assouan
an ancient city on the Nile in Egypt; two dams across the Nile have been built nearby
 
Assur
an ancient Assyrian city on the Tigris and traditional capital of Assyria; just to the south of the modern city of Mosul in Iraq
 
Assyria
an ancient kingdom in northern Mesopotamia which is in present-day Iraq
 
asteroid belt
the region of interplanetary space between Mars and Jupiter where most asteroids are found
 
asthenosphere
the lower layer of the crust
 
Astrakhan
a city in southwestern Russia on the delta of the Volga River
 
Aswan High Dam
one of the world's largest dams on the Nile River in southern Egypt
 
asylum
a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person
 
asylum
a shelter from danger or hardship
 
Atacama Desert
a desert in western Chile that extends roughly 600 miles south from the Peruvian border; one of the driest areas in the world, but rich in nitrate and copper deposits
 
athanor
a furnace that feeds itself so as to maintain a uniform temperature; used by alchemists
 
athenaeum
a place where reading materials are available
 
Athens
a town in southeast Ohio
 
Athens
a university town in northeast Georgia
 
athletic facility
a facility for athletic events
 
athletic field
a piece of land prepared for playing a game
 
Atlantic City
a city on the Atlantic shore in southeastern New Jersey; a resort and gambling center
 
atrium
the central area in a building; open to the sky
 
attack aircraft
a high-speed military or naval airplane designed to destroy enemy aircraft in the air
 
attack submarine
a military submarine designed and armed to attack enemy shipping
 
attic
(architecture) a low wall at the top of the entablature; hides the roof
 
attic
floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage
 
Attica
the territory of Athens in ancient Greece where the Ionic dialect was spoken
 
auberge
a hotel providing overnight lodging for travelers
 
Auckland
the largest city and principal port of New Zealand
 
auditorium
the area of a theater or concert hall where the audience sits
 
Augean stables
(Greek mythology) the extremely dirty stables that were finally cleaned by Hercules who diverted two rivers through them
 
Augusta
a city in eastern Georgia north-northwest of Savannah; noted for golf tournaments
 
Auschwitz
a Nazi concentration camp for Jews in southwestern Poland during World War II
 
Austerlitz
a town in Czech Republic; site of the battle of Austerlitz in 1805
 
Australian state
one of the several states constituting Australia
 
Austria-Hungary
a geographical area in central and eastern Europe; broken into separate countries at the end of World War I
 
auto factory
a factory where automobiles are manufactured
 
auto
a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine
 
autobahn
an expressway in a German-speaking country
 
autobus
a vehicle carrying many passengers; used for public transport
 
autogiro
an aircraft that is supported in flight by unpowered rotating horizontal wings (or blades); forward propulsion is provided by a conventional propeller
 
automat
a cafeteria where food is served from machines
 
automobile trunk
compartment in an automobile that carries luggage or shopping or tools
 
automotive vehicle
a self-propelled wheeled vehicle that does not run on rails
 
autostrada
an expressway in an Italian-speaking country
 
autumnal equinox
(astronomy) the equinoctial point that lies in the constellation of Virgo
 
Auvergne
a region in central France
 
auxiliary airfield
an airfield that functions in a subsidiary capacity
 
auxiliary research submarine
a submarine for research purposes
 
avenue
a wide street or thoroughfare
 
aviary
a building where birds are kept
 
Avignon
a town in southeastern France on the Rhone River; the seat of the papacy from 1309 to 1378 and the residence of antipopes during the Great Schism
 
Avon
a county in southwestern England
 
axil
the upper angle between an axis and an offshoot such as a branch or leafstalk
 
axis
a straight line through a body or figure that satisfies certain conditions
 
Ayr
a port in southwestern Scotland
 
AZ
the azimuth of a celestial body is the angle between the vertical plane containing it and the plane of the meridian
 
Az Zarqa
city in northwestern Jordan
 
Azerbajdzhan Republic
a landlocked republic in southwestern Asia; formerly an Asian soviet
 
B-52
United States military aircraft; B- stands for bomber
 
B-horizon
immediately below the A-horizon; contains deposits of organic matter leached from surface soils
 
baby buggy
a small vehicle with four wheels in which a baby or child is pushed around
 
baby's room
a child's room for a baby
 
baby-walker
an enclosing framework on casters or wheels; helps babies learn to walk
 
Babylon
the chief city of ancient Mesopotamia and capital of the ancient kingdom of Babylonia
 
Babylonia
an ancient kingdom in southern Mesopotamia; Babylonia conquered Israel in the 6th century BC and exiled the Jews to Babylon (where Daniel became a counselor to the king)
 
back country
a remote and undeveloped area
 
back door
an entrance at the rear of a building
 
back end
the side of an object that is opposite its front
 
back of beyond
a very remote and inaccessible place
 
back porch
a porch for the back door
 
back room
a room located in the rear of an establishment; usually accessible only to privileged groups
 
back
the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer
 
backpacking tent
a tent that can be carried in a backpack
 
backroom
the meeting place of a group of leaders who make their decisions via private negotiations
 
backstairs
a second staircase at the rear of a building
 
backstop
(baseball) a fence or screen (as behind home plate) to prevent the ball from traveling out of the playing field
 
backwater
a place or condition in which no development or progress is occurring
 
backyard
the grounds in back of a house
 
Bad Lands
an eroded and barren region in southwestern South Dakota and northwestern Nebraska
 
Badger State
a midwestern state in north central United States
 
Badlands National Park
a national park in South Dakota having multicolored peaks and spires resulting from erosion; fossil sites
 
badminton court
the court on which badminton is played
 
baggage car
a railway car where passengers' bags are carried
 
baggage claim
an area in an airport where arriving passengers can collect the luggage that has been carried in the hold of the aircraft
 
bagnio
a building containing public baths
 
bagnio
a building where prostitutes are available
 
Bahia Blanca
a port city in eastern Argentina to the southwest of Buenos Aires on an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean
 
bailey
the outer defensive wall that surrounds the outer courtyard of a castle
 
bailey
the outer courtyard of a castle
 
Bailey bridge
a temporary bridge designed for rapid construction
 
bailiwick
the area over which a bailiff has jurisdiction
 
Bairiki
national capital of Kiribati
 
bakehouse
a workplace where baked goods (breads and cakes and pastries) are produced or sold
 
Bakersfield
a city in south central California at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley
 
balance
equality of distribution
 
balcony
a platform projecting from the wall of a building and surrounded by a balustrade or railing or parapet
 
balcony
an upper floor projecting from the rear over the main floor in an auditorium
 
Balkan country
any one of the countries on the Balkan Peninsula
 
Balkans
the Balkan countries collectively
 
ball field
the baseball playing field
 
ballistic capsule
a craft capable of traveling in outer space; technically, a satellite around the sun
 
ballistic missile
a missile that is guided in the first part of its flight but falls freely as it approaches target
 
balloon
large tough nonrigid bag filled with gas or heated air
 
ballpark
a facility in which ball games are played (especially baseball games)
 
ballroom
large room used mainly for dancing
 
Balmoral Castle
a castle in northeastern Scotland that is a private residence of the British sovereign
 
Baltic Republic
European countries bordering the Baltic Sea
 
Baltimore
the largest city in Maryland; a major seaport and industrial center
 
balusters
a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling
 
Bam
an ancient city in southeastern Iran; destroyed by an earthquake in 2003
 
Bamako
the capital of Mali; located in the south on the Niger
 
banana boat
a ship designed to transport bananas
 
banana republic
a small country (especially in Central America) that is politically unstable and whose economy is dominated by foreign companies and depends on one export (such as bananas)
 
Bandung
a city in Indonesia; located on western Java (southeast of Jakarta); a resort known for its climate
 
bandwagon
a large ornate wagon for carrying a musical band
 
Banff
a popular vacation spot in the Canadian Rockies
 
Bangalore
an industrial city in south central India (west of Chennai)
 
Bangor
a town in southeastern Northern Ireland
 
Bangor
a university town in northwestern Wales on the Menai Strait
 
Bangor
a town in east central Maine on the Penobscot River
 
bank vault
a strongroom or compartment (often made of steel) for safekeeping of valuables
 
bank
a building in which the business of banking transacted
 
bar
an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal
 
bar
(law) a railing that encloses the part of the courtroom where the judges and lawyers sit and the case is tried
 
bar
a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter
 
barb
a subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove
 
barb
the pointed part of barbed wire
 
barbacan
a tower that is part of a defensive structure (such as a castle)
 
Barbados
a parliamentary democracy on the island of Barbados; former British colony; a popular resort area
 
Barbary
a region of northern Africa on the Mediterranean coast between Egypt and Gibraltar; was used as a base for pirates from the 16th to 19th centuries
 
Barbary Coast
a part of a city that is notorious for gambling dens and brothels and saloons and riotous night life (especially the waterfront of San Francisco after the gold rush of 1849)
 
barbecue
a rack to hold meat for cooking over hot charcoal usually out of doors
 
barbershop
a shop where men can get their hair cut
 
barbette
(formerly) a mound of earth inside a fort from which heavy gun can be fired over the parapet
 
barbette carriage
a gun carriage elevated so that the gun can be fired over the parapet
 
Barcelona
a city in northeastern Spain on the Mediterranean; 2nd largest Spanish city and the largest port and commercial center; has been a center for radical political beliefs
 
bareboat
a vessel (such as a yacht) that can be chartered without a captain or crew or provisions
 
barge
a flatbottom boat for carrying heavy loads (especially on canals)
 
Bari
capital city of the Apulia region on the Adriatic coast
 
bark
a sailing ship with 3 (or more) masts
 
barn
an outlying farm building for storing grain or animal feed and housing farm animals
 
barn door
the large sliding door of a barn
 
barnyard
a yard adjoining a barn
 
barony
the domain of a baron
 
barouche
a horse-drawn carriage having four wheels; has an outside seat for the driver and facing inside seats for two couples and a folding top
 
barrack
a building or group of buildings used to house military personnel
 
barrage balloon
an elongated tethered balloon or blimp with cables or net suspended from it to deter enemy planes that are flying low
 
Barranquilla
a port city of northern Colombia near the Caribbean on the Magdalena River
 
barrel
a tube through which a bullet travels when a gun is fired
 
barrelhouse
a cheap drinking and dancing establishment
 
barren
an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation
 
barricade
a barrier (usually thrown up hastily) to impede the advance of an enemy
 
barricade
a barrier set up by police to stop traffic on a street or road in order to catch a fugitive or inspect traffic etc.
 
barrier
a structure or object that impedes free movement
 
barrio
an urban area in a Spanish-speaking country
 
barrio
a Spanish-speaking quarter in a town or city (especially in the United States)
 
barrow
(archeology) a heap of earth placed over prehistoric tombs
 
barrow
a cart for carrying small loads; has handles and one or more wheels
 
Barstow
a town in southeastern California
 
Bartlesville
a town in northeastern Oklahoma
 
barycenter
(astronomy) the common center of mass around which two or more bodies revolve
 
bascule
a structure or device in which one end is counterbalanced by the other (on the principle of the seesaw)
 
base
a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit
 
base
(anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment
 
base
installation from which a military force initiates operations
 
base
lowest support of a structure
 
base
the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end
 
baseball diamond
the area of a baseball field that is enclosed by 3 bases and home plate
 
Basel
a city in northwestern Switzerland
 
basement
the ground floor facade or interior in Renaissance architecture
 
basement
the lowermost portion of a structure partly or wholly below ground level; often used for storage
 
basilica
an early Christian church designed like a Roman basilica; or a Roman Catholic church or cathedral accorded certain privileges
 
Basilicata
a region of southern Italy (forming the instep of the Italian `boot')
 
basin
the entire geographical area drained by a river and its tributaries; an area characterized by all runoff being conveyed to the same outlet
 
basket-handle arch
a round arch whose inner curve is drawn with circles having three centers
 
basketball court
the court on which basketball is played
 
Basra
the second largest city in Iraq; an oil port in southern Iraq
 
Basse-Normandie
a division of Normandy
 
Basseterre
the capital of Saint Kitts and Nevis on the island of Saint Christopher
 
bassinet
a perambulator that resembles a bassinet
 
bastille
a jail or prison (especially one that is run in a tyrannical manner)
 
Bastille
a fortress built in Paris in the 14th century and used as a prison in the 17th and 18th centuries; it was destroyed July 14, 1789 at the start of the French Revolution
 
bastion
projecting part of a rampart or other fortification
 
bastion
a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle
 
bateau bridge
a temporary bridge built over a series of pontoons
 
Bath
a town in southwestern England on the River Avon; famous for its hot springs and Roman remains
 
bathhouse
a building containing dressing rooms for bathers
 
bathroom
a room (as in a residence) containing a bathtub or shower and usually a washbasin and toilet
 
bathroom
a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
 
Batna
a town in north central Algeria
 
Baton Rouge Bridge
a cantilever bridge across the Mississippi at Baton Rouge
 
batter's box
an area on a baseball diamond (on either side of home plate) marked by lines within which the batter must stand when at bat
 
battery
a series of stamps operated in one mortar for crushing ores
 
Battle Born State
a state in the western United States
 
battle cruiser
a cruiser of maximum speed and firepower
 
battle line
the line along which warring troops meet
 
battlefield
a region where a battle is being (or has been) fought
 
battlefront
the line along which opposing armies face each other
 
battlement
a rampart built around the top of a castle with regular gaps for firing arrows or guns
 
battleship
large and heavily armoured warship
 
batwing
one of a pair of swinging doors (as at the entrance to a western saloon)
 
Bavaria
a state in southern Germany famous for its beer; site of an automobile factory
 
bay
a compartment in an aircraft used for some specific purpose
 
bay
a compartment on a ship between decks; often used as a hospital
 
bay window
a window that sticks out from the outside wall of a house
 
Bayonne
a city in northeastern New Jersey
 
Bayonne Bridge
a steel arch bridge connecting New Jersey and Staten Island at Bayonne, New Jersey
 
bazaar
a shop where a variety of goods are sold
 
bazaar
a street of small shops (especially in Orient)
 
beach buggy
a recreational vehicle with large tires used on beaches or sand dunes
 
beach house
a house built on or near a beach
 
beach waggon
a car that has a long body and rear door with space behind rear seat
 
beachhead
a bridgehead on the enemy's shoreline seized by an amphibious operation
 
Beacon Hill
a fashionable section of Boston; site of the Massachusetts capital building
 
beacon
a tower with a light that gives warning of shoals to passing ships
 
beacon
a radio station that broadcasts a directional signal for navigational purposes
 
beak
a beaklike, tapering tip on certain plant structures
 
beam-ends
(nautical) at the ends of the transverse deck beams of a vessel
 
bearing wall
any wall supporting a floor or the roof of a building
 
beat
a regular route for a sentry or policeman
 
Beaumont
a city of southeastern Texas near Houston
 
beauty parlor
a shop where hairdressers and beauticians work
 
Beaver State
a state in northwestern United States on the Pacific
 
Beckley
a city in southern West Virginia
 
bed
(geology) a stratum of rock (especially sedimentary rock)
 
bed
a plot of ground in which plants are growing
 
bed
a foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railroad track
 
bed and breakfast
an overnight boardinghouse with breakfast
 
bed ground
an area on which a drove of cattle or sheep can sleep for a night
 
bed of flowers
a bed in which flowers are growing
 
bed of roses
a flower bed in which roses are growing
 
bed
a stratum of ore or coal thick enough to be mined with profit
 
bedchamber
a room used primarily for sleeping
 
Bedlam
pejorative terms for an insane asylum
 
bedroom community
a community where many commuters live
 
bedside
space by the side of a bed (especially the bed of a sick or dying person)
 
bedsit
a furnished sitting room with sleeping accommodations (and some plumbing)
 
beehive
any workplace where people are very busy
 
Beehive State
a state in the western United States; settled in 1847 by Mormons led by Brigham Young
 
beeline
the most direct route
 
beer garden
tavern with an outdoor area (usually resembling a garden) where beer and other alcoholic drinks are served
 
beer hall
a hall or barroom featuring beer and (usually) entertainment
 
beginning
the place where something begins, where it springs into being
 
Beira
a port city in eastern Mozambique on the Mozambique Channel
 
belfry
a room (often at the top of a tower) where bells are hung
 
belfry
a bell tower; usually stands alone unattached to a building
 
bell arch
a round arch resting on corbels
 
bell foundry
a foundry where bells are cast
 
bell gable
an extension of a gable that serves as a bell cote
 
bell tent
a bell-shaped tent
 
bell tower
a tower that supports or shelters a bell
 
Bellingham
a town in northwestern Washington on a bay near the Canadian border
 
belly
the hollow inside of something
 
belly button
a scar where the umbilical cord was attached
 
Belmont Park
a racetrack for thoroughbred racing in Elmont on Long Island; site of the Belmont Stakes
 
Belo Horizonte
city in southeastern Brazil to the north of Rio de Janeiro; the first of Brazil's planned communities
 
Belsen
a Nazi concentration camp for Jews created in northwestern Germany during World War II
 
belt
an elongated region where a specific condition or characteristic is found
 
belt
a path or strip (as cut by one course of mowing)
 
beltway
a highway that encircles an urban area so that traffic does not have to pass through the center
 
belvedere
a gazebo sited to command a fine view
 
bema
area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing
 
Bemidji
a town in northern Minnesota
 
Bend
a town in central Oregon at the eastern foot of the Cascade Range
 
Bengal
a region whose eastern part is now Bangladesh and whose western part is included in India
 
Benghazi
port in northern Libya on the Gulf of Sidra; formerly a joint capital of Libya with Tripoli
 
Benjamin Franklin Bridge
a suspension bridge across the Delaware River
 
Bennington
a town in southwestern Vermont
 
bent
an area of grassland unbounded by fences or hedges
 
benthic division
a region including the bottom of the sea and the littoral zones
 
Bergen
a port city in southwestern Norway
 
Berkeley
a city in California on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay; site of the University of California at Berkeley
 
Berkshire
a county in southern England
 
berlin
a limousine with a glass partition between the front and back seats
 
berm
a narrow edge of land (usually unpaved) along the side of a road
 
Bermuda Triangle
an area in the western Atlantic Ocean where many ships and planes are supposed to have been mysteriously lost
 
berth
a place where a craft can be made fast
 
bethel
a house of worship (especially one for sailors)
 
Bethlehem
a town in eastern Pennsylvania on the Lehigh River to the northwest of Philadelphia; an important center for steel production
 
Bethlehem Ephrathah
a small town near Jerusalem on the West Bank of the Jordan River; early home of David and regarded as the place where Jesus was born
 
betting shop
a licensed bookmaker's shop that is not at the race track
 
Beverly Hills
a city in southwestern California surrounded by Los Angeles; home of many Hollywood actors
 
bi-fold door
an interior door
 
Bible Belt
southern and midwestern United States where Protestant fundamentalism is dominant
 
bicycle rack
a rack for parking bicycles
 
bicycle
a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals
 
bicycle-built-for-two
a bicycle with two sets of pedals and two seats
 
Big Bend
a triangular area in southwestern Texas on the Mexican border; formed by a bend in the Rio Grande
 
Big Bend National Park
a large national park in Texas featuring mountains and desert and canyons and wildlife
 
Big Sur
a picturesque coastal region of California to the south of San Francisco
 
big top
a canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance
 
bight
the middle part of a slack rope (as distinguished from its ends)
 
Bihar
a state of northeastern India
 
bike
a motor vehicle with two wheels and a strong frame
 
bilge
where the sides of the vessel curve in to form the bottom
 
bilge well
(nautical) a well where seepage drains to be pumped away
 
bilges
in a vessel with two hulls, an enclosed area between the frames at each side
 
bill
a brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes
 
billboard
large outdoor signboard
 
billet
lodging for military personnel (especially in a private home)
 
billiard hall
a room in which billiards is played
 
Billings
the largest city in Montana; located in southern Montana on the Yellowstone river
 
bilocation
the ability (said of certain Roman Catholic saints) to exist simultaneously in two locations
 
Biloxi
an old town in southern Mississippi on the Gulf of Mexico
 
bindery
a workshop where books are bound
 
Binghamton
a city in south central New York near the border with Pennsylvania
 
bio lab
a laboratory for biological research
 
biogeographical region
an area of the Earth determined by distribution of flora and fauna
 
bioscope
a South African movie theater
 
biosphere
the regions of the surface and atmosphere of the Earth (or other planet) where living organisms exist
 
biplane
old fashioned airplane; has two wings one above the other
 
birch bark
a canoe made with the bark of a birch tree
 
birdcage
a cage in which a bird can be kept
 
Birmingham
a city in central England; 2nd largest English city and an important industrial and transportation center
 
birthplace
where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence
 
birthplace
the place where someone was born
 
Biscayne National Park
a national park in Florida having underwater coral reefs and marine life
 
bishopric
the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop
 
bistro
a small informal restaurant; serves wine
 
Bithynia
an ancient country in northwestern Asia Minor in what is now Turkey; was absorbed into the Roman Empire by the end of the 1st century BC
 
bitter end
(nautical) the inboard end of a line or cable especially the end that is wound around a bitt
 
bitthead
the upper end of a bitt
 
bivouac
temporary living quarters specially built by the army for soldiers
 
bivouac
a site where people on holiday can pitch a tent
 
black hole
a region of space resulting from the collapse of a star; extremely high gravitational field
 
Black Hole of Calcutta
a dungeon (20 feet square) in a fort in Calcutta where as many as 146 English prisoners were held overnight by Siraj-ud-daula; the next morning only 23 were still alive
 
black Maria
van used by police to transport prisoners
 
Black Rock Desert
a desert in northwestern Nevada
 
Blackpool
a resort town in Lancashire in northwestern England on the Irish Sea; famous for its tower
 
Blacksburg
a university town in southwestern Virginia (west of Roanoke) in the Allegheny Mountains
 
Blantyre
city in southern Malawi; largest city and commercial center of Malawi
 
blast furnace
a furnace for smelting of iron from iron oxide ores; combustion is intensified by a blast of air
 
bleachers
(used in the plural) an outdoor grandstand without a roof; patrons are exposed to the sun as linens are when they are bleached
 
Blida
a city in northern Algeria at the foot of the Atlas Mountains to the southwest of Algiers
 
Blighty
a slang term for Great Britain used by British troops serving abroad
 
blimp
a small nonrigid airship used for observation or as a barrage balloon
 
blind alley
a street with only one way in or out
 
blind corner
a street corner that you cannot see around as you are driving
 
blind side
the side on which your vision is limited or obstructed
 
blind spot
the point where the optic nerve enters the retina; not sensitive to light
 
block
housing in a large building that is divided into separate units
 
block
an obstruction in a pipe or tube
 
block
a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings
 
blockade
prevents access or progress
 
blockade-runner
a ship that runs through or around a naval blockade
 
blockhouse
a stronghold that is reinforced for protection from enemy fire; with apertures for defensive fire
 
Bloemfontein
the seat of the supreme court
 
bloodmobile
a motor vehicle equipped to collect blood donations
 
Bloomington
a university town in south central Indiana
 
Bloomsbury
a city district of central London laid out in garden squares
 
blow tube
a tube through which darts can be shot by blowing
 
blow tube
a tube that directs air or gas into a flame to concentrate heat
 
Bluegrass Country
an area in central Kentucky noted for its bluegrass and thoroughbred horses
 
Bluegrass State
a state in east central United States; a border state during the American Civil War; famous for breeding race horses
 
boarding
a structure of boards
 
boarding house
a private house that provides accommodations and meals for paying guests
 
boardroom
a room where a committee meets (such as the board of directors of a company)
 
boards
(used in the plural) the boarding that surrounds an ice hockey rink
 
boardwalk
a walkway made of wooden boards; usually at seaside
 
boat
a small vessel for travel on water
 
boat train
a train taking passengers to or from a port
 
boathouse
a shed at the edge of a river or lake; used to store boats
 
boatyard
a place where boats are built or maintained or stored
 
bob
a long racing sled (for 2 or more people) with a steering mechanism
 
bobsled
formerly two short sleds coupled together
 
bodega
a small Hispanic shop selling wine and groceries
 
body
the external structure of a vehicle
 
body
a resonating chamber in a musical instrument (as the body of a violin)
 
bodywork
the exterior body of a motor vehicle
 
Boeotia
a district of ancient Greece to the northwest of Athens
 
bogey
an unidentified (and possibly enemy) aircraft
 
Bohemia
a historical area and former kingdom in the Czech Republic
 
Bologna
the capital of Emilia-Romagna; located in northern Italy to the east of the Apennines
 
bolt-hole
a hole through which an animal may bolt when pursued into its burrow or den
 
Bolzano
an Italian city in Trentino-Alto Adige near the Austrian border; noted as a resort and for its Alpine scenery
 
bomb rack
a device on an aircraft for carrying bombs
 
bomb site
an area in a town that has been devastated by bombs
 
bomber
a military aircraft that drops bombs during flight
 
boneshaker
any wheeled vehicle that is dilapidated and uncomfortable
 
Bonete
a mountain in the Andes in Argentina (22,546 feet high)
 
Bonn
a city in western Germany on the Rhine River; was the capital of West Germany between 1949 and 1989
 
bookbindery
a bookbinder's workshop; a place for binding books
 
bookmobile
a van with shelves of books; serves as a mobile library or bookstore
 
bookshop
a shop where books are sold
 
boom town
a town enjoying sudden prosperity
 
boot camp
camp for training military recruits
 
booth
a small shop at a fair; for selling goods or entertainment
 
booth
small area set off by walls for special use
 
Bordeaux
a port city in southwestern France; a major center of the wine trade
 
border
a strip forming the outer edge of something
 
border district
district consisting of the area on either side of a border or boundary of a country or an area
 
border
a line that indicates a boundary
 
border
the boundary of a surface
 
border
a decorative recessed or relieved surface on an edge
 
borough
one of the administrative divisions of a large city
 
borscht belt
(informal) a resort area in the Catskill Mountains of New York that was patronized primarily by Jewish guests
 
borstal
formerly a British reform school for youths considered too young to send to prison
 
Bosnia
the northern part of Bosnia-Herzegovina
 
Bosporus Bridge
a suspension bridge across the Bosporus at Istanbul
 
boss
a circular rounded projection or protuberance
 
Boston Harbor
the seaport at Boston
 
bottle cork
the plug in the mouth of a bottle (especially a wine bottle)
 
bottling plant
a plant where beverages are put into bottles with caps
 
bottom
the lowest part of anything
 
bottom
a cargo ship
 
bottom
the lower side of anything
 
boudoir
a lady's bedroom or private sitting room
 
Boulder
a town in north central Colorado; Rocky Mountains resort center and university town
 
bound
the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something
 
Bourgogne
a former province of eastern France that is famous for its wines
 
bourn
an archaic term for a boundary
 
Bourse
the stock exchange in Paris
 
boutique
a shop that sells women's clothes and jewelry
 
bowels
the center of the Earth
 
Bowery
a street in Manhattan noted for cheap hotels frequented by homeless derelicts
 
bowling alley
a building that contains several alleys for bowling
 
bowling green
a field of closely mowed turf for playing bowls
 
Bowling Green
a town in southern Kentucky
 
box
separate partitioned area in a public place for a few people
 
box
any one of several designated areas on a ball field where the batter or catcher or coaches are positioned
 
box number
a mailing address to which answers to a newspaper ad can be sent
 
box office
the office where tickets of admission are sold
 
box
private area in a theater or grandstand where a small group can watch the performance
 
boxcar
a freight car with roof and sliding doors in the sides
 
Bozeman
a town in southwestern Montana; gateway to Yellowstone National Park
 
Braga
an ancient city in northern Portugal
 
brake cylinder
a cylinder that contains brake fluid that is compressed by a piston
 
branch line
a railway line connected to a trunk line
 
Brandenburg
the territory of an Elector (of the Holy Roman Empire) that expanded to become the kingdom of Prussia in 1701
 
Brasov
a city in central Romania in the foothills of the Transylvanian Alps
 
brass
a memorial made of brass
 
brasserie
a small restaurant serving beer and wine as well as food; usually cheap
 
brattice
a partition (often temporary) of planks or cloth that is used to control ventilation in a mine
 
Brattleboro
a town in southeastern Vermont on the Connecticut River
 
Braunschweig
a city in central Germany
 
Brazilian capital
the capital of Brazil; a city built on the central plateau and inaugurated in 1960
 
Brazzaville
the capital and largest city of the Republic of the Congo
 
breach
an opening (especially a gap in a dike or fortification)
 
breadbasket
a geographic region serving as the principal source of grain
 
break
(geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
 
breakfast area
a place for light meals (usually near a kitchen)
 
breakwater
a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away
 
breastwork
fortification consisting of a low wall
 
breather
air passage provided by a retractable device containing intake and exhaust pipes; permits a submarine to stay submerged for extended periods of time
 
breathing room
sufficient room for easy breathing or movement
 
breech closer
a metal block in breech-loading firearms that is withdrawn to insert a cartridge and replaced to close the breech before firing
 
breeding ground
a place where animals breed
 
Bremen
a city of northwestern Germany linked by the Weser River to the port of Bremerhaven and the North Sea; in the Middle Ages it was a leading member of the Hanseatic League
 
Bremerhaven
a port city in northwestern Germany at the mouth of the Weser River on the North Sea; has a deep natural harbor and is an important shipping center
 
Brenner Pass
an Alpine mountain pass connecting Innsbruck in Austria with Bolzano in Italy that has long been a route for trade and for invasions
 
Brescia
an ancient Italian city in central Lombardy
 
Brest
a port city in northwestern France (in Brittany); the chief naval station of France
 
Bretagne
a former province of northwestern France on a peninsula between the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay
 
brewery
a plant where beer is brewed by fermentation
 
brewpub
a combination brewery and restaurant; beer is brewed for consumption on the premises and served along with food
 
briar
a pipe made from the root (briarroot) of the tree heath
 
brickfield
a place where bricks are made and sold
 
brickkiln
a kiln for making bricks
 
brickwork
masonry done with bricks and mortar
 
bridge
a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.
 
bridgehead
a defensive post at the end of a bridge nearest to the enemy
 
bridgehead
an area in hostile territory that has been captured and is held awaiting further troops and supplies
 
Bridgeport
a port in southwestern Connecticut on Long Island Sound
 
bridle path
a path suitable for riding or leading horses (but not for cars)
 
brig
a penal institution (especially on board a ship)
 
brig
two-masted sailing vessel square-rigged on both masts
 
brigantine
two-masted sailing vessel square-rigged on the foremast and fore-and-aft rigged on the mainmast
 
Brighton
a city in East Sussex in southern England that is a popular resort; site of the University of Sussex
 
brilliant pebble
a code name for a small computerized heat-seeking missile that was supposed to intercept and destroy enemy missiles
 
brim
a circular projection that sticks outward from the crown of a hat
 
Brindisi
a port city in southeastern Apulia in Italy; a center for the Crusades in the Middle Ages
 
brink
the edge of a steep place
 
Brisbane
capital and largest city of Queensland state; located in the southeastern corner of Queensland on the Pacific; settled by British as a penal colony; 3rd largest city in Australia
 
Bristol
an industrial city and port in southwestern England near the mouth of the River Avon
 
British Columbia
a province in western Canada
 
British East Africa
the former British territories of eastern Africa, including Kenya, Tanganyika, Uganda, and Zanzibar
 
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
 
British Honduras
a country on the northeastern coast of Central America on the Caribbean; formerly under British control
 
British Virgin Islands
more than 40 northeastern Virgin Islands (15 inhabited); a dependent territory of the United Kingdom
 
British West Africa
the former British territories of western Africa, including Nigeria, Cameroon, Gambia, Togo, Sierra Leone, and the Gold Coast
 
broadcast area
the area over which a radio or tv transmission can be received
 
broadcast station
a station equipped to broadcast radio or television programs
 
broadcasting studio
a studio where broadcasts originate
 
broken arch
an arch with a gap at the apex; the gap is usually filled with some decoration
 
brokerage
place where a broker conducts his business
 
Bronx
a borough of New York City
 
Bronx-Whitestone Bridge
a suspension bridge across the East River in New York City
 
Brooklyn
a borough of New York City
 
Brooklyn Bridge
a suspension bridge across the East River in New York City; opened in 1883
 
broom closet
a small room for storing brooms and other cleaning equipment
 
brougham
a sedan that has no roof over the driver's seat
 
brougham
light carriage; pulled by a single horse
 
brow
the peak of a hill
 
Brown University
a university in Rhode Island
 
brownstone
a row house built of brownstone; reddish brown in color
 
Brownsville
a city in southern Texas on the Rio Grande near its mouth into the Gulf of Mexico; has a channel that accommodates oceangoing ships
 
Brunn
an industrial city in Moravia in Czech Republic to the southeast of Prague
 
Brunswick
a town in southeast Georgia near the Atlantic coast; a port of entry
 
Brunswick
a university town in southwestern Maine
 
Bryan
a town of east central Texas
 
Bryce Canyon National Park
a national park in Utah having multicolored rock erosions
 
bubble chamber
an instrument that records the tracks of ionizing particles
 
bubbler
a public fountain to provide a jet of drinking water
 
Buchenwald
a Nazi concentration camp for Jews in World War II that was located in central Germany
 
buck
a framework for holding wood that is being sawed
 
buckboard
an open horse-drawn carriage with four wheels; has a seat attached to a flexible board between the two axles
 
bucket shop
(formerly) a cheap saloon selling liquor by the bucket
 
Buckeye State
a midwestern state in north central United States in the Great Lakes region
 
Buckingham Palace
the London residence of the British sovereign
 
Buffalo
a city on Lake Erie in western New York (near Niagara Falls)
 
buffer country
a small neutral state between two rival powers
 
buffer
a neutral zone between two rival powers that is created in order to diminish the danger of conflict
 
buffer
an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track
 
buffet car
a passenger car where food is served in transit
 
Buganda
a state of Uganda and site of a former Bantu kingdom
 
buggy
a small lightweight carriage; drawn by a single horse
 
building complex
a whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures
 
building site
a lot on which there are no permanent buildings
 
building supply house
a store where builders can purchase materials for building houses and related structures
 
building
a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
 
Bulawayo
industrial city in southwestern Zimbabwe
 
Bulgarian capital
capital and largest city of Bulgaria located in western Bulgaria
 
bulkhead
a partition that divides a ship or plane into compartments
 
bull
the center of a target
 
bulldozer
large powerful tractor; a large blade in front flattens areas of ground
 
bullet hole
a hole made by a bullet passing through it
 
bullet
a high-speed passenger train
 
bullpen
a place on a baseball field where relief pitchers can warm up during a game
 
bullpen
a large cell where prisoners (people awaiting trial or sentence or refugees or illegal immigrants) are confined together temporarily
 
bullring
a stadium where bullfights take place
 
bulwark
a fencelike structure around a deck (usually plural)
 
bulwark
an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes
 
bumboat
a small boat that ferries supplies and commodities for sale to a larger ship at anchor
 
bung
a plug used to close a hole in a barrel or flask
 
bungalow
a small house with a single story
 
bunker
a fortification of earth; mostly or entirely below ground
 
bunker
a hazard on a golf course
 
burg
colloquial American term for a town
 
burial chamber
a chamber that is used as a grave
 
burial ground
a tract of land used for burials
 
burial vault
a burial chamber (usually underground)
 
Burkina Faso
a desperately poor landlocked country in western Africa; was formerly Upper Volta under French rule but gained independence in 1960
 
Burlington
the largest city in Vermont; located in northwestern Vermont on Lake Champlain; site of the University of Vermont
 
burn center
a center where patients with severe burns can be treated
 
burr
rough projection left on a workpiece after drilling or cutting
 
Bursa
a city in northwestern Turkey
 
bus depot
a terminal that serves bus passengers
 
bus lane
a traffic lane intended for buses only
 
bus route
the route regularly followed by a passenger bus
 
bus stop
a place on a bus route where buses stop to discharge and take on passengers
 
bus
a car that is old and unreliable
 
bush
a large wilderness area
 
business address
the address at which a business is located
 
business district
the central area or commercial center of a town or city
 
business establishment
an establishment (a factory or an assembly plant or retail store or warehouse etc.) where business is conducted, goods are made or stored or processed or where services are rendered
 
business office
place of business where professional or clerical duties are performed
 
bustle
a framework worn at the back below the waist for giving fullness to a woman's skirt
 
butcher shop
a shop in which meat and poultry (and sometimes fish) are sold
 
Butte
a town in southwestern Montana; center for mining copper
 
buttery
a teashop where students in British universities can purchase light meals
 
buttery
a small storeroom for storing foods or wines
 
buttress
a support usually of stone or brick; supports the wall of a building
 
Byblos
an ancient Mediterranean seaport that was a thriving city state in Phoenicia during the second millennium BC; was the chief port for the export of papyrus; located in Lebanon to the north of Beirut; now partially excavated
 
Bydgoszcz
an industrial city and river port in northern Poland
 
bypath
a side road little traveled (as in the countryside)
 
byre
a barn for cows
 
Byzantium
an ancient city on the Bosporus founded by the Greeks; site of modern Istanbul; in 330 Constantine I rebuilt the city and called it Constantinople and made it his capital
 
C-horizon
beneath the B-horizon and above the bedrock; consisting of weathered rock
 
cab
a compartment at the front of a motor vehicle or locomotive where driver sits
 
cab
small two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage; with two seats and a folding hood
 
cab
a car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money
 
cabana
a small tent used as a dressing room beside the sea or a swimming pool
 
cabaret
a spot that is open late at night and that provides entertainment (as singers or dancers) as well as dancing and food and drink
 
cabin
the enclosed compartment of an aircraft or spacecraft where passengers are carried
 
cabin
small room on a ship or boat where people sleep
 
cabin
a small house built of wood; usually in a wooded area
 
cabin car
a car on a freight train for use of the train crew; usually the last car on the train
 
cabin class
a class of accommodations on a ship or train or plane that are less expensive than first class accommodations
 
cabin cruiser
a large motorboat that has a cabin and plumbing and other conveniences necessary for living on board
 
cabin liner
a liner with cabins for passengers
 
cabinet
a storage compartment for clothes and valuables; usually it has a lock
 
cable car
a conveyance for passengers or freight on a cable railway
 
caboose
the area for food preparation on a ship
 
cabstand
a place where taxis park while awaiting customers
 
cache
a hidden storage space (for money or provisions or weapons)
 
Cachi
a mountain in the Andes in Argentina (22,047 feet high)
 
Cadiz
an ancient port city in southwestern Spain
 
Caesarea
an ancient seaport in northwestern Israel; an important Roman city in ancient Palestine
 
cafe
a small restaurant where drinks and snacks are sold
 
cafeteria
a restaurant where you serve yourself and pay a cashier
 
cafeteria facility
(usually plural) facilities for providing food for employees or visitors
 
caff
informal British term for a cafe
 
cage
an enclosure made or wire or metal bars in which birds or animals can be kept
 
Cairo
a town at the southern tip of Illinois at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers
 
caisson
a two-wheeled military vehicle carrying artillery ammunition
 
caisson
large watertight chamber used for construction under water
 
calabash
a pipe for smoking; has a curved stem and a large bowl made from a calabash gourd
 
Calabria
a region of southern Italy (forming the toe of the Italian `boot')
 
Calais
a town in northern France on the Strait of Dover that serves as a ferry port to England; in 1347 it was captured by the English king Edward III after a long siege and remained in English hands until it was recaptured by the French king Henry II in 1558
 
Calcutta
the largest city in India and one of the largest cities in the world; located in eastern India; suffers from poverty and overcrowding
 
calean
an oriental tobacco pipe with a long flexible tube connected to a container where the smoke is cooled by passing through water
 
Caledonia
the geographical area (in Roman times) to the north of the Antonine Wall; now a poetic name for Scotland
 
Caledonian Canal
a canal in northern Scotland that links North Sea with the Atlantic Ocean; runs diagonally between Moray Firth at the northeastern end and Loch Linnhe at the southwestern end; now little used
 
Calgary
the largest city in southern Alberta; an oil and gas center and a technology center for Alberta and most of western Canada
 
Cali
city in southwestern Colombia in a rich agricultural area
 
caliphate
the territorial jurisdiction of a caliph
 
calk
a metal cleat on the bottom front of a horseshoe to prevent slipping
 
call box
booth for using a telephone
 
call center
a center equipped to handle a large volume of telephone calls (especially for taking orders or serving customers)
 
Caloocan
a suburb of Manila in southwestern Luzon
 
Caloosahatchee Canal
a canal that connects Lake Okeechobee with the Caloosahatchee River in southern Florida to form part of the Cross-Florida Waterway
 
calumet
a highly decorated ceremonial pipe of Amerindians; smoked on ceremonial occasions (especially as a token of peace)
 
camber arch
an arch with a straight horizontal extrados and a slightly arched intrados
 
cambium
the inner layer of the periosteum
 
Cambodian capital
the capital and largest city of Kampuchea
 
Cambria
one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; during Roman times the region was known as Cambria
 
Cambridge
a city in eastern England on the River Cam; site of Cambridge University
 
Cambridge
a city in Massachusetts just to the north of Boston; site of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 
Cambridge University
a university in England
 
Camden
a city in southwestern New Jersey on the Delaware River near Philadelphia
 
Camellia State
a state in the southeastern United States on the Gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War
 
Camelot
(Arthurian legend) the capital of King Arthur's kingdom; according to the legend, truth and goodness and beauty reigned there
 
camera obscura
a darkened enclosure in which images of outside objects are projected through a small aperture or lens onto a facing surface
 
camion
a low heavy horse cart without sides; used for haulage
 
camion
a large truck designed to carry heavy loads; usually without sides
 
Camlan
(Arthurian legend) the battlefield where King Arthur was mortally wounded
 
camp
temporary lodgings in the country for travelers or vacationers
 
camp
a penal institution (often for forced labor)
 
Camp David
a retreat to the northwest of Washington that is used by the president of the United States
 
camp
shelter for persons displaced by war or political oppression or for religious beliefs
 
camp
a site where care and activities are provided for children during the summer months
 
Campania
a region of southwestern Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea including the islands of Capri and Ischia
 
Campeche
a Mexican state on the eastern part of the Gulf of Campeche
 
Campeche
a Mexican city on the Bay of Campeche
 
camper trailer
a trailer equipped for occupancy (especially for holiday trips)
 
camper
a recreational vehicle equipped for camping out while traveling
 
campong
a native village in Malaysia
 
campus
a field on which the buildings of a university are situated
 
Canada
a nation in northern North America; the French were the first Europeans to settle in mainland Canada
 
Canadian Maritime Provinces
the collective name for the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
 
Canadian province
Canada is divided into 12 provinces for administrative purposes
 
canal
long and narrow strip of water made for boats or for irrigation
 
canal boat
a long boat that carries freight and is narrow enough to be used in canals
 
Cancer the Crab
the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22
 
Cancun
a popular island resort off the northeastern tip of the Yucatan peninsula
 
candy store
a confectioner's shop
 
cannery
a factory where food is canned
 
Cannes
a port and resort city on the French Riviera; site of an annual film festival
 
cannula
a small flexible tube inserted into a body cavity for draining off fluid or introducing medication
 
canoe
small and light boat; pointed at both ends; propelled with a paddle
 
canteen
restaurant in a factory; where workers can eat
 
canteen
a recreation room in an institution
 
canteen
sells food and personal items to personnel at an institution or school or camp etc.
 
canteen
a restaurant outside; often for soldiers or policemen
 
Canterbury
a town in Kent in southeastern England; site of the cathedral where Thomas a Becket was martyred in 1170; seat of the archbishop and primate of the Anglican Church
 
canthus
either of the corners of the eye where the upper and lower eyelids meet
 
cantilever bridge
bridge constructed of two cantilevers that meet in the middle
 
canton
a small administrative division of a country
 
canvas
a tent made of canvas fabric
 
Canyonlands National Park
a national park in Utah having rock formations and ancient cliff dwellings; canyons of the Green River and the Colorado River
 
cap
the upper part of a column that supports the entablature
 
Cape Cod Canal
a canal connecting Cape Cod Bay with Buzzards Bay
 
Cape Girardeau
a town in southeast Missouri
 
Cape of Good Hope
a province of western South Africa
 
Cape of Good Hope Province
a former province of southern South Africa that was settled by the Dutch in 1652 and ceded to Great Britain in 1814; in 1994 it was split into three new provinces of South Africa
 
Cape Town
port city in southwestern South Africa; the seat of the legislative branch of the government of South Africa
 
capillary
a tube of small internal diameter; holds liquid by capillary action
 
capital
a seat of government
 
capital
a center that is associated more than any other with some activity or product
 
capital of Afghanistan
the capital and largest city of Afghanistan; located in eastern Afghanistan
 
capital of Alabama
the state capital of Alabama on the Mobile River
 
capital of Alaska
the state capital of Alaska
 
capital of Antigua and Barbuda
the capital and largest city of Antigua and Barbuda; located on the island of Antigua
 
capital of Argentina
capital and largest city of Argentina; located in eastern Argentina near Uruguay; Argentina's chief port and industrial and cultural center
 
capital of Arizona
the state capital and largest city located in south central Arizona; situated in a former desert that has become a prosperous agricultural area thanks to irrigation
 
capital of Arkansas
the state capital and largest city of Arkansas in the central part of Arkansas on the Arkansas River
 
capital of Armenia
capital of Armenia
 
capital of Australia
the capital of Australia; located in southeastern Australia
 
capital of Austria
the capital and largest city of Austria; located on the Danube in northeastern Austria; was the home of Beethoven and Brahms and Haydn and Mozart and Schubert and Strauss
 
capital of Azerbaijan
a port city on the Caspian Sea that is the capital of Azerbaijan and an important center for oil production
 
capital of Bahrain
the capital of Bahrain; located at the northern end of Bahrain Island
 
capital of Bangladesh
the capital and largest city of Bangladesh
 
capital of Barbados
capital of Barbados; a port city on the southwestern coast of Barbados
 
capital of Belarus
the capital of Belarus and of the Commonwealth of Independent States
 
capital of Belgium
the capital and largest city of Belgium; seat of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
 
capital of Benin
the capital of Benin in southwestern part of country on a coastal lagoon
 
capital of Bolivia
capital city in western Bolivia and the administrative seat of Bolivia's government; largest city in Bolivia
 
capital of Botswana
capital and largest city of Botswana in the extreme southeast
 
capital of Burundi
the capital and largest city of Burundi
 
capital of California
a city in north central California 75 miles to the northeast of San Francisco on the Sacramento River; capital of California
 
capital of Cameroon
the capital of Cameroon
 
capital of Canada
the capital of Canada (located in southeastern Ontario across the Ottawa river from Quebec)
 
capital of Cape Verde
the capital of Cape Verde on Sao Tiago Island
 
capital of Central Africa
the capital and largest city of the Central African Republic
 
capital of Chad
the capital and largest city of Chad; located in the southwestern on the Shari river
 
capital of Colombia
capital and largest city of Colombia; located in central Colombia on a high fertile plain
 
capital of Colorado
the state capital and largest city of Colorado; located in central Colorado on the South Platte river
 
capital of Connecticut
the state capital of Connecticut; located in central Connecticut on the Connecticut river; a center of the insurance business
 
capital of Costa Rica
the capital and largest city of Costa Rica
 
capital of Cuba
the capital and largest city of Cuba; located in western Cuba; one of the oldest cities in the Americas
 
capital of Cyprus
the capital and largest city of Cyprus
 
capital of Delaware
the capital of the state of Delaware
 
capital of Djibouti
port city on the Gulf of Aden; the capital and largest city of Djibouti
 
capital of Ecuador
the capital of Ecuador
 
capital of Egypt
the capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa; a major port just to the south of the Nile delta; formerly the home of the Pharaohs
 
capital of Estonia
a port city on the Gulf of Finland that is the capital and largest city of Estonia
 
capital of Ethiopia
the capital of Ethiopia and the country's largest city; located in central Ethiopia
 
capital of Finland
the capital and largest city of Finland; located in southern Finland; a major port and commercial and cultural center
 
capital of Florida
capital of the state of Florida; located in northern Florida
 
capital of France
the capital and largest city of France; and international center of culture and commerce
 
capital of Gabon
the capital of Gabon
 
capital of Gambia
a port city and capital of Gambia
 
capital of Georgia
the capital and largest city of Georgia on the Kura river
 
capital of Georgia
state capital and largest city of Georgia; chief commercial center of the southeastern United States; was plundered and burned by Sherman's army during the American Civil War
 
capital of Ghana
the capital and largest city of Ghana with a deep-water port
 
capital of Greece
the capital and largest city of Greece; named after Athena (its patron goddess)
 
capital of Grenada
the capital and largest city of Grenada
 
capital of Guatemala
the capital and largest city of Guatemala
 
capital of Guinea
a port and the capital of Guinea
 
capital of Guinea-Bissau
the capital of Guinea-Bissau
 
capital of Hawaii
the capital and largest city of Hawaii; located on a large bay on the island of Oahu
 
capital of Hungary
capital and largest city of Hungary; located on the Danube River in north-central Hungary
 
capital of Iceland
the capital and chief port of Iceland on the southwestern coast of Iceland; buildings are heated by natural hot water
 
capital of Idaho
the capital and largest city of Idaho
 
capital of Illinois
capital of the state of Illinois
 
capital of Indiana
the capital and largest city of Indiana; a major commercial center in the country's heartland; site of an annual 500-mile automobile race
 
capital of Indonesia
capital and largest city of Indonesia; located on the island of Java; founded by the Dutch in 17th century
 
capital of Iowa
the capital and largest city in Iowa
 
capital of Iraq
capital and largest city of Iraq; located on the Tigris River
 
capital of Ireland
capital and largest city and major port of the Irish Republic
 
capital of Israel
capital and largest city of the modern state of Israel (although its status as capital is disputed); it was captured from Jordan in 1967 in the Six Day War; a holy city for Jews and Christians and Muslims; was the capital of an ancient kingdom
 
capital of Italy
capital and largest city of Italy; on the Tiber; seat of the Roman Catholic Church; formerly the capital of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire
 
capital of Jamaica
capital and largest city of Jamaica
 
capital of Japan
the capital and largest city of Japan; the economic and cultural center of Japan
 
capital of Jordan
the capital and largest city of Jordan
 
capital of Kansas
the capital of the state of Kansas; located in eastern Kansas on the Kansas river
 
capital of Kazakhstan
remote city of Kazakhstan that (ostensibly for security reasons) was made the capital in 1998
 
capital of Kentucky
the capital of Kentucky; located in northern Kentucky
 
capital of Kenya
the capital and largest city of Kenya; a center for tourist safaris
 
capital of Kuwait
a seaport on the Persian Gulf and capital of Kuwait
 
capital of Kyrgyzstan
the capital of Kyrgyzstan (known as Frunze 1926-1991)
 
capital of Latvia
a port city on the Gulf of Riga that is the capital and largest city of Latvia; formerly a member of the Hanseatic League
 
capital of Lebanon
capital and largest city of Lebanon; located in western Lebanon on the Mediterranean
 
capital of Lesotho
the capital of Lesotho; located in northwestern Lesotho
 
capital of Liberia
the capital and chief port and largest city of Liberia
 
capital of Liechtenstein
the capital and largest city of Liechtenstein
 
capital of Lithuania
the capital and largest city of Lithuania; located in southeastern Lithuania
 
capital of Louisiana
capital of Louisiana
 
capital of Luxembourg
the capital and largest city of Luxembourg
 
capital of Madagascar
the capital and largest city of Madagascar
 
capital of Maine
the capital of the state of Maine
 
capital of Malawi
the capital of Malawi; located in south central Malawi
 
capital of Malaysia
Malaysia's sparkling new capital
 
capital of Malta
the capital of Malta; located on the northeastern coast of the island
 
capital of Maryland
state capital of Maryland; site of the United States Naval Academy
 
capital of Massachusetts
state capital and largest city of Massachusetts; a major center for banking and financial services
 
capital of Mexico
the capital and largest city of Mexico is a political and cultural and commercial and industrial center; one of the world's largest cities
 
capital of Michigan
capital of the state of Michigan; located in southern Michigan on the Grand River
 
capital of Minnesota
capital of the state of Minnesota; located in southeastern Minnesota on the Mississippi river adjacent to Minneapolis; one of the Twin Cities
 
capital of Mississippi
capital of the state of Mississippi on the Pearl River
 
capital of Missouri
capital of the state of Missouri; located in central Missouri on the Missouri river
 
capital of Moldova
the capital of Moldova
 
capital of Mongolia
the capital and largest city of Mongolia
 
capital of Montana
capital of the state of Montana; located in western Montana
 
capital of Morocco
the capital of Morocco; located in the northwestern on the Atlantic coast
 
capital of Mozambique
the capital and largest city of Mozambique
 
capital of Nebraska
capital of the state of Nebraska; located in southeastern Nebraska; site of the University of Nebraska
 
capital of Nepal
the capital and largest city of Nepal
 
capital of Nevada
capital of the state of Nevada; located in western Nevada
 
capital of New Hampshire
capital of the state of New Hampshire; located in south central New Hampshire on the Merrimack river
 
capital of New Jersey
capital of the state of New Jersey; located in western New Jersey on the Delaware river
 
capital of New Mexico
capital of the state of New Mexico; located in north central New Mexico
 
capital of New York
state capital of New York; located in eastern New York State on the west bank of the Hudson river
 
capital of New Zealand
the capital of New Zealand
 
capital of Nicaragua
the capital and largest city of Nicaragua
 
capital of Niger
the capital and largest city of Niger
 
capital of Nigeria
capital of Nigeria in the center of the country
 
capital of North Carolina
capital of the state of North Carolina; located in the east central part of the North Carolina
 
capital of North Dakota
capital of the state of North Dakota; located in south central North Dakota overlooking the Missouri river
 
capital of North Korea
capital of North Korea and an industrial center
 
capital of Northern Ireland
capital and largest city of Northern Ireland; the center of Protestantism in Northern Ireland
 
capital of Norway
the capital and largest city of Norway; the country's main port; located at the head of a fjord on Norway's southern coast
 
capital of Ohio
the state capital of Ohio; located in the center of the state; site of Ohio State University
 
capital of Oklahoma
capital and largest city of Oklahoma; the economy is based on oil and livestock
 
capital of Oman
a port on the Gulf of Oman and capital of the sultanate of Oman
 
capital of Oregon
capital of the state of Oregon in the northwestern part of the state on the Willamette River
 
capital of Pakistan
the capital of Pakistan in the north on a plateau; the site was chosen in 1959
 
capital of Papua New Guinea
the administrative capital and largest city of Papua New Guinea
 
capital of Paraguay
the capital and chief port of Paraguay
 
capital of Pennsylvania
capital of Pennsylvania; located in southern part of state
 
capital of Peru
capital and largest city and economic center of Peru; located in western Peru; was capital of the Spanish empire in the New World until the 19th century
 
capital of Poland
the capital and largest city of Poland; located in central Poland
 
capital of Portugal
capital and largest city and economic and cultural center of Portugal; a major port in western Portugal on Tagus River where it broadens and empties into the Atlantic
 
capital of Qatar
the capital and chief port of Qatar
 
capital of Red China
capital of the People's Republic of China in the Hebei province in northeastern China; 2nd largest Chinese city
 
capital of Rhode Island
the capital and largest city of Rhode Island; located in northeastern Rhode Island on Narragansett Bay; site of Brown University
 
capital of Romania
national capital and largest city of Romania in southeastern Romania
 
capital of Rwanda
the national capital and largest city of Rwanda; located in central Rwanda
 
capital of San Marino
the capital and only city of San Marino
 
capital of Saudi Arabia
joint capital (with Mecca) of Saudi Arabia located in the central oasis; largest city in Saudi Arabia
 
capital of Senegal
the capital and chief port and largest city of Senegal
 
capital of Serbia and Montenegro
capital and largest city of Serbia and Montenegro; situated on the Danube
 
capital of Seychelles
port city and the capital of Seychelles
 
capital of Sierra Leone
port city and the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone
 
capital of Singapore
the capital of Singapore; one of the world's biggest ports
 
capital of Slovakia
capital and largest city of Slovakia
 
capital of Somalia
the capital and largest city of Somalia; a port on the Indian Ocean
 
capital of South Africa
city in the Transvaal; the seat of the executive branch of the government of South Africa
 
capital of South Carolina
capital and largest city in South Carolina; located in central South Carolina
 
capital of South Dakota
capital of the state of South Dakota; located in central South Dakota on the Missouri river
 
capital of South Korea
the capital of South Korea and the largest city of Asia; located in northwestern South Korea
 
capital of Spain
the capital and largest city situated centrally in Spain; home of an outstanding art museum
 
capital of Sri Lanka
the capital and largest city of Sri Lanka; has one of the largest harbors in the world; is located on the western coast of the island of Ceylon
 
capital of Sudan
the capital of Sudan located at the confluence of the Blue Nile and White Nile
 
capital of Suriname
the capital and largest city and major port of Surinam
 
capital of Swaziland
capital of Swaziland; located in northwestern Swaziland
 
capital of Sweden
the capital and largest city of Sweden; located in southern Sweden on the Baltic
 
capital of Switzerland
the capital of Switzerland; located in western Switzerland
 
capital of Syria
an ancient city (widely regarded as the world's oldest) and present capital and largest city of Syria; according to the New Testament, the Apostle Paul (then known as Saul) underwent a dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus
 
capital of Taiwan
the capital of Nationalist China; located in northern Taiwan
 
capital of Tajikistan
the capital of Tajikistan; formerly Stalinabad 1926-1991
 
capital of Tanzania
the capital and largest port city of Tanzania on the Indian Ocean
 
capital of Tennessee
capital of the state of Tennessee; located in the north central part of the state on the Cumberland River; known for country music
 
capital of Texas
state capital of Texas on the Colorado River; site of the University of Texas
 
capital of Thailand
the capital and largest city and chief port of Thailand; a leading city in southeastern Asia; noted for Buddhist architecture
 
capital of the Bahamas
the capital of the Bahamas
 
capital of the Dominican Republic
the capital and largest city of the Dominican Republic
 
capital of The Netherlands
an industrial center and the nominal capital of the Netherlands; center of the diamond-cutting industry; seat of an important stock exchange; known for its canals and art museum
 
capital of the Philippines
the capital and largest city of the Philippines; located on southern Luzon
 
capital of the Russian Federation
a city of central European Russia; formerly capital of both the Soviet Union and Soviet Russia; since 1991 the capital of the Russian Federation
 
capital of the Ukraine
capital and largest city of the Ukraine; a major manufacturing and transportation center
 
capital of the United Kingdom
the capital and largest city of England; located on the Thames in southeastern England; financial and industrial and cultural center
 
capital of the United States
the capital of the United States in the District of Columbia and a tourist mecca; George Washington commissioned Charles L'Enfant to lay out the city in 1791
 
capital of Tibet
the sacred city of Lamaism; known as the Forbidden City for its former inaccessibility and hostility to strangers
 
capital of Togo
capital and largest city of Togo; located in the south on the Gulf of Guinea
 
capital of Trinidad and Tobago
the capital and largest city of Trinidad and Tobago on the west coast of the island of Trinidad
 
capital of Tunisia
the capital and principal port of Tunisia
 
capital of Turkey
the capital of Turkey; located in west-central Turkey; it was formerly known as Angora and is the home of Angora goats
 
capital of Turkmenistan
the capital and largest city of Turkmenistan
 
capital of Uganda
the capital and largest city of Uganda on the north shore of Lake Victoria
 
capital of Uruguay
the capital and largest city of Uruguay; a cosmopolitan city and one of the busiest ports in South America
 
capital of Utah
the capital and largest city of Utah; located near the Great Salt Lake in north central Utah; world capital of the Mormon Church
 
capital of Uzbek
the capital of Uzbekistan
 
capital of Vanuatu
capital of Vanuatu
 
capital of Venezuela
the capital and largest city of Venezuela
 
capital of Vermont
capital of the state of Vermont; located in north central Vermont
 
capital of Vietnam
the capital city of Vietnam; located in North Vietnam
 
capital of Virginia
capital of the state of Virginia located in the east central part of the state; was capital of the Confederacy during the American Civil War
 
capital of Washington
capital of the state of Washington; located in western Washington on Puget Sound
 
capital of West Virginia
state capital of West Virginia in the central part of the state on the Kanawha river
 
capital of Western Samoa
the capital of Western Samoa
 
capital of Wisconsin
capital of the state of Wisconsin; located in the southern part of state; site of the main branch of the University of Wisconsin
 
capital of Wyoming
the capital and largest city of Wyoming; located in the southeastern corner of the state
 
capital of Zambia
the capital and largest city of Zambia
 
capital of Zimbabwe
the capital and largest city of Zimbabwe
 
capital ship
a warship of the first rank in size and armament
 
capitol
a building occupied by a state legislature
 
Capitol Building
the government building in Washington where the United States Senate and the House of Representatives meet
 
Capitol Reef National Park
a national park in Utah having colorful rock formations and desert plants and wildlife
 
capitulum
an arrangement of leafy branches forming the top or head of a tree
 
Cappadocia
an ancient country is eastern Asia Minor
 
Capricorn the Goat
the tenth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about December 22 to January 19
 
capsule
a spacecraft designed to transport people and support human life in outer space
 
car carrier
a trailer that can be loaded with new cars for delivery to sales agencies
 
car door
the door of a car
 
car park
a lot where cars are parked
 
car port
garage for one or two cars consisting of a flat roof supported on poles
 
car train
a train that transports passengers and their automobiles
 
car transporter
a long truck for carrying motor vehicles
 
car
where passengers ride up and down
 
car
the compartment that is suspended from an airship and that carries personnel and the cargo and the power plant
 
car
a wheeled vehicle adapted to the rails of railroad
 
car-ferry
a ferry that transports motor vehicles
 
carack
a large galleon sailed in the Mediterranean as a merchantman
 
caravan inn
an inn in some eastern countries with a large courtyard that provides accommodation for caravans
 
caravan
a camper equipped with living quarters
 
Carbondale
a town in southern Illinois
 
cardcastle
an unstable construction with playing cards
 
Cardiff
the capital and largest city of Wales
 
cardroom
a room for gambling on card games
 
cargo area
the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo
 
cargo door
door used to load or unload cargo
 
cargo hatch
hatch opening into the cargo compartment
 
cargo helicopter
a helicopter that carries cargo
 
cargo liner
a liner that carries cargo
 
cargo ship
a ship designed to carry cargo
 
cargo ships
conveyance provided by the ships belonging to one country or industry
 
Caribbean
region including the Caribbean Islands
 
Carlsbad
a town in southeastern New Mexico on the Pecos River near the Mexican border; potash deposits
 
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
a national park in New Mexico featuring what is probably the world's largest cavern with spectacular underground formations
 
Carnegie Mellon University
an engineering university in Pittsburgh
 
caroche
a luxurious carriage suitable for nobility in the 16th and 17th century
 
Carolinas
the area of the states of North Carolina and South Carolina
 
carrefour
a junction where one street or road crosses another
 
carrel
small individual study area in a library
 
carriage house
a small building for housing coaches and carriages and other vehicles
 
carriage
a railcar where passengers ride
 
carriage
a vehicle with wheels drawn by one or more horses
 
carriageway
one of the two sides of a motorway where traffic travels in one direction only usually in two or three lanes
 
carrier
a rack attached to a vehicle; for carrying luggage or skis or the like
 
carrier
a self-propelled wheeled vehicle designed specifically to carry something
 
cart
a heavy open wagon usually having two wheels and drawn by an animal
 
cart track
any road or path affording passage especially a rough one
 
cart
wheeled vehicle that can be pushed by a person; may have one or two or four wheels
 
Cartagena
a port city in northwestern Colombia on the Caribbean
 
Cartagena
a port in southeastern Spain on the Mediterranean
 
Casablanca
a port on the Atlantic and the largest city of Morocco
 
casbah
an older or native quarter of many cities in northern Africa; the quarter in which the citadel is located
 
case
the enclosing frame around a door or window opening
 
casement
a window sash that is hinged (usually on one side)
 
casement window
a window with one or more casements
 
casern
military barracks in a garrison town
 
casino
a public building for gambling and entertainment
 
casino-hotel
a building that houses both a hotel and a casino
 
casino-hotel
a business establishment that combines a casino and a hotel
 
Casper
a city of east central Wyoming on the North Platte river
 
Castilla
a region of central Spain; a former kingdom that comprised most of modern Spain and united with Aragon to form Spain in 1479
 
castle
a large building formerly occupied by a ruler and fortified against attack
 
castle
a large and stately mansion
 
Castries
a port on the island of Saint Lucia; capital and largest city of Saint Lucia
 
catacomb
an underground tunnel with recesses where bodies were buried (as in ancient Rome)
 
Catalonia
a region of northeastern Spain
 
catamaran
a boat with two parallel hulls held together by single deck
 
catboat
a sailboat with a single mast set far forward
 
catchall
an enclosure or receptacle for odds and ends
 
catchment
a structure in which water is collected (especially a natural drainage area)
 
Caterpillar
a large tracked vehicle that is propelled by two endless metal belts; frequently used for moving earth in construction and farm work
 
cathedral
any large and important church
 
cathedral
the principal Christian church building of a bishop's diocese
 
catheter
a thin flexible tube inserted into the body to permit introduction or withdrawal of fluids or to keep the passageway open
 
cathode
the positively charged terminal of a voltaic cell or storage battery that supplies current
 
cattle boat
a cargo ship for the transport of livestock
 
cattle car
a freight car for transporting cattle
 
cattle farm
farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock (especially cattle)
 
cattle grid
a bridge over a ditch consisting of parallel metal bars that allow pedestrians and vehicles to pass, but not cattle
 
cattle pen
a pen for cattle
 
cattle trail
a trail over which cattle were driven to market
 
catwalk
narrow pathway high in the air (as above a stage or between parts of a building or along a bridge)
 
Caucasus
a large region between the Black and Caspian seas that contains the Caucasus Mountains; oil is its major resource
 
causeway
a road that is raised above water or marshland or sand
 
cavern
any large dark enclosed space
 
cavity resonator
a hollow chamber whose dimensions allow the resonant oscillation of electromagnetic or acoustic waves
 
cavity wall
a wall formed of two thicknesses of masonry with a space between them
 
cavity
space that is surrounded by something
 
Cayman Islands
a British colony in the Caribbean to the northwest of Jamaica; an international banking center
 
Cebu City
an important seaport on the island of Cebu in the Philippines
 
Cedar Rapids
a city in eastern Iowa
 
celestial equator
the great circle on the celestial sphere midway between the celestial poles
 
celestial horizon
the great circle on the celestial sphere whose plane passes through the sensible horizon and the center of the Earth
 
celestial latitude
(astronomy) the angular distance of a celestial body north or to the south of the celestial equator; expressed in degrees; used with right ascension to specify positions on the celestial sphere
 
celestial orbit
the (usually elliptical) path described by one celestial body in its revolution about another
 
celestial point
a point in the heavens (on the celestial sphere)
 
celestial pole
one of two points of intersection of the Earth's axis and the celestial sphere
 
celestial sphere
the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected
 
cell
any small compartment
 
cell wall
a rigid layer of polysaccharides enclosing the membrane of plant and prokaryotic cells; maintains the shape of the cell and serves as a protective barrier
 
cell
small room in which a monk or nun lives
 
cell
a room where a prisoner is kept
 
cellar
an excavation where root vegetables are stored
 
cellar
storage space where wines are stored
 
cellarage
a storage area in a cellar
 
cellblock
a division of a prison (usually consisting of several cells)
 
cenotaph
a monument built to honor people whose remains are interred elsewhere or whose remains cannot be recovered
 
Centennial State
a state in west central United States in the Rocky Mountains
 
center of buoyancy
(physics) the center of mass of the immersed part of ship or other floating object
 
center of curvature
the center of the circle of curvature
 
center of flotation
the center of gravity of a floating object
 
center of gravity
the point within something at which gravity can be considered to act; in uniform gravity it is equal to the center of mass
 
center of mass
point representing the mean position of the matter in a body
 
center stage
the central area on a theater stage
 
center
the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher
 
center
a building dedicated to a particular activity
 
center
a place where some particular activity is concentrated
 
center
an area that is approximately central within some larger region
 
center
a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure
 
center
mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully landscaped complex of shops representing leading merchandisers; usually includes restaurants and a convenient parking area; a modern version of the traditional marketplace
 
Central African Republic
a landlocked country in central Africa; formerly under French control; became independent in 1960
 
Central American country
any one of the countries occupying Central America; these countries (except for Belize and Costa Rica) are characterized by low per capita income and unstable governments
 
central city
the central part of a city
 
central heating
a heating system in which air or water is heated at a central furnace and sent through the building via vents or pipes and radiators
 
central office
(usually plural) the office that serves as the administrative center of an enterprise
 
Central Park
a large park in Manhattan
 
central
a workplace that serves as a telecommunications facility where lines from telephones can be connected together to permit communication
 
Centre
a low-lying region in central France
 
centrex
(CENTRal EXchange) a kind of telephone exchange
 
centroid
the center of mass of an object of uniform density
 
Chablis
a town in north central France noted for white Burgundy wines
 
chain store
one of a chain of retail stores under the same management and selling the same merchandise
 
chainlink fence
a fence of steel wires woven into a diamond pattern
 
chair car
a passenger car for day travel; you pay extra fare for individual chairs
 
chair lift
a ski lift on which riders (skiers or sightseers) are seated and carried up or down a mountainside; seats are hung from an endless overhead cable
 
chaise
a carriage consisting of two wheels and a calash top; drawn by a single horse
 
Chalcedon
a former town on the Bosporus (now part of Istanbul); site of the Council of Chalcedon
 
Chaldaea
an ancient region of Mesopotamia lying between the Euphrates delta and the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Desert; settled in 1000 BC and destroyed by the Persians in 539 BC; reached the height of its power under Nebuchadnezzar II
 
chalet
a Swiss house with a sloping roof and wide eaves or a house built in this style
 
chamber
a natural or artificial enclosed space
 
chamber
a room where a judge transacts business
 
Champagne-Ardenne
a region of northeastern France
 
Champaign
a university town in east central Illinois adjoining Urbana
 
Champs Elysees
a major avenue in Paris famous for elegant shops and cafes
 
chancellery
a government building housing the office of a chancellor
 
Chancellorsville
a village in northeastern Virginia
 
chancery
an office of archives for public or ecclesiastic records; a court of public records
 
chandlery
a storeroom where candles are kept
 
Changan
a city of central China; capital of ancient Chinese empire 221-206 BC
 
Changtzu
a mountain in the central Himalayas on the border of Tibet and Nepal (24,780 feet high)
 
channel
a passage for water (or other fluids) to flow through
 
Channel Islands National Park
a national park in California featuring sea birds and marine life
 
Channel Tunnel
the railroad tunnel between France and England under the English Channel
 
chantry
a chapel endowed for singing Masses for the soul of the donor
 
chap
a crack in a lip caused usually by cold
 
chapel
a place of worship that has its own altar
 
Chapel Hill
a town in central North Carolina; site of the University of North Carolina
 
chapterhouse
a building attached to a monastery or cathedral; used as a meeting place for the chapter
 
chapterhouse
a house used as a residence by a chapter of a fraternity
 
charcuterie
a delicatessen that specializes in meats
 
chariot
a light four-wheel horse-drawn ceremonial carriage
 
chariot
a two-wheeled horse-drawn battle vehicle; used in war and races in ancient Egypt and Greece and Rome
 
Charleroi
city in southwestern Belgium; center of an industrial region
 
Charleston
a port city in southeastern South Carolina
 
Charlestown
a former town and present-day neighborhood of Boston; settled in 1629
 
Charlestown Navy Yard
the navy yard in Boston where the frigate `Constitution' is anchored
 
Charlottetown
the provincial capital and largest city of Prince Edward Island
 
charnel
a vault or building where corpses or bones are deposited
 
charterhouse
a Carthusian monastery
 
Chartres
a town in northern France that is noted for its Gothic Cathedral
 
Chartres Cathedral
a Gothic cathedral in northern France; built in 13th century
 
chase
a rectangular metal frame used in letterpress printing to hold together the pages or columns of composed type that are printed at one time
 
chasm
a deep opening in the earth's surface
 
chassis
the skeleton of a motor vehicle consisting of a steel frame supported on springs that holds the body and motor
 
chassis
a metal mounting for the circuit components of an electronic device
 
chateau
an impressive country house (or castle) in France
 
Chattanooga
a city in eastern Tennessee
 
Chechen Republic
an autonomous republic in southwestern Russia in the northern Caucasus Mountains bordering on Georgia; declared independence from the USSR in 1991 but Russian troops invaded and continue to prosecute a relentless military campaign in the largely Muslim republic
 
checkpoint
a place (as at a frontier) where travellers are stopped for inspection and clearance
 
checkroom
a room where baggage or parcels are checked
 
Cheddar
a village in southwestern England where cheddar cheese was first made
 
Chelyabinsk
a city in the Asian part of Russia
 
chem lab
a laboratory for research in chemistry
 
chemical plant
an industrial plant where chemicals are produced
 
Chemulpo
a port city in western South Korea on the Yellow Sea
 
Chennai
a city in Tamil Nadu on the Bay of Bengal; formerly Madras
 
Cherbourg
a port town in northwestern France on the English Channel; site of a naval base
 
Cherepovets
a city of east central Russia to the north of Moscow
 
Chernobyl
a city in north central Ukraine; site of a major disaster at a nuclear power plant (26 April 1986)
 
Chester
a city of southeastern Pennsylvania on the Delaware river (an industrial suburb of Philadelphia)
 
cheval-de-frise
defensive structure consisting of a movable obstacle composed of barbed wire or spikes attached to a wooden frame; used to obstruct cavalry
 
chicane
a movable barrier used in motor racing; sometimes placed before a dangerous corner to reduce speed as cars pass in single file
 
chicken coop
a farm building for housing poultry
 
chicken farm
farm where chickens are raised for sale
 
chicken run
an enclosed yard for keeping poultry
 
Chihuahua
a state in northern Mexico; mostly high plateau
 
Chihuahua
a city in northern Mexico in the state of Chihuahua; commercial center of northern Mexico
 
Chihuahuan Desert
a desert in western Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and northern Mexico
 
child's room
a bedroom for a child
 
Chimborazo
a mountain peak in the Andes in Ecuador (20,560 feet high)
 
chimney
a vertical flue that provides a path through which smoke from a fire is carried away through the wall or roof of a building
 
chimney breast
walls that project out from the wall of a room and surround the chimney base
 
chimney corner
a corner by a fireplace
 
chimney
a glass flue surrounding the wick of an oil lamp
 
chimneypot
a short earthenware pipe on the top of a chimney to increase the draft
 
chimneystack
the part of the chimney that is above the roof; usually has several flues
 
chink
a narrow opening as e.g. between planks in a wall
 
Chisholm Trail
a former cattle trail from San Antonio in Texas to Abilene in Kansas; not used after the 1880s
 
Chittagong
a port city and industrial center in southeastern Bangladesh on the Bay of Bengal
 
choir
the area occupied by singers; the part of the chancel between sanctuary and nave
 
choir loft
a gallery in a church occupied by the choir
 
chokepoint
a point of congestion or blockage
 
chokey
British slang (dated) for a prison
 
choo-choo
a child's word for locomotive
 
chop shop
a place where stolen cars are disassembled for their parts
 
chophouse
a restaurant that specializes in steaks
 
chopper
an aircraft without wings that obtains its lift from the rotation of overhead blades
 
Christchurch
industrial city at the center of a rich agricultural region
 
chromatography column
a vertical glass tube used in column chromatography; a mixture is poured in the top and washed through a stationary substance where components of the mixture are adsorbed selectively to form colored bands
 
chromosphere
a gaseous layer of the sun's atmosphere (extending from the photosphere to the corona) that is visible during a total eclipse of the sun
 
chuck wagon
a wagon equipped with a cookstove and provisions (for cowboys)
 
Chula Vista
an industrial city in southern California (south of San Diego) near the Mexican border
 
Chungking
a city in south-central China on the Chang Jiang; a commercial center for western China
 
church tower
the tower of a church
 
church
a place for public (especially Christian) worship
 
Churchill
a Canadian town in northern Manitoba on Hudson Bay; important port for shipping grain
 
Churchill Downs
a racetrack for thoroughbred racing in Louisville; site of the Kentucky Derby
 
chute
sloping channel through which things can descend
 
cigarette holder
a tube that holds a cigarette while it is being smoked
 
Cincinnati
a city in southern Ohio on the Ohio river
 
cinder track
a racetrack paved with fine cinders
 
cinema
a theater where films are shown
 
cinerarium
a niche for a funeral urn containing the ashes of the cremated dead
 
circle
a curved section or tier of seats in a hall or theater or opera house; usually the first tier above the orchestra
 
circle
a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island
 
circuit
an established itinerary of venues or events that a particular group of people travel to
 
circuit
the boundary line encompassing an area or object
 
circuit
a racetrack for automobile races
 
circulating library
library that provides books for use outside the building
 
circus
an arena consisting of an oval or circular area enclosed by tiers of seats and usually covered by a tent
 
circus
(antiquity) an open-air stadium for chariot races and gladiatorial games
 
Citta del Vaticano
the capital of the State of the Vatican City
 
city
an incorporated administrative district established by state charter
 
city district
a district of a town or city
 
city hall
a building that houses administrative offices of a municipal government
 
city limit
the limits of the area occupied by a city or town
 
city line
the boundary of a city
 
City of Bridges
a city in northwestern Belgium that is connected by canal to the North Sea; in the 13th century it was a leading member of the Hanseatic League; the old city (known as the City of Bridges) is a popular tourist attraction
 
City of Brotherly Love
the largest city in Pennsylvania; located in the southeastern part of the state on the Delaware river; site of Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed; site of the University of Pennsylvania
 
City of London
the part of London situated within the ancient boundaries; the commercial and financial center of London
 
City of the Angels
a city in southern California; motion picture capital of the world; most populous city of California and second largest in the United States
 
City of Westminster
a borough of Greater London on the Thames; contains Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey
 
city university
an urban university in a large city
 
city
a large and densely populated urban area; may include several independent administrative districts
 
Ciudad Bolivar
a port in eastern Venezuela on the Orinoco river
 
Ciudad Juarez
a city in northern Mexico on the Rio Grande opposite El Paso
 
Ciudad Victoria
a city in east central Mexico
 
civic center
a center where the members of a community can gather for social or cultural activities
 
civic center
the center of a city
 
clarence
a closed carriage with four wheels and seats for four passengers
 
Clarksburg
a city in northern West Virginia
 
classroom
a room in a school where lessons take place
 
clay pipe
a pipe made of clay
 
clean room
a room that is virtually free of dust or bacteria; used in laboratory work and in assembly or repair of precision equipment
 
cleaners
shop where dry cleaning is done
 
clear
a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water
 
clearance
vertical space available to allow easy passage under something
 
clearing
a tract of land with few or no trees in the middle of a wooded area
 
clearstory
part of an interior wall rising above the adjacent roof with windows admitting light
 
clearway
a road on which you are not allowed to stop (unless you have a breakdown)
 
cleat
a metal or leather projection (as from the sole of a shoe); prevents slipping
 
cleft
a long narrow opening
 
Cleveland
the largest city in Ohio; located in northeastern Ohio on Lake Erie; a major Great Lakes port
 
Clichy-la-Garenne
a northwestern suburb of Paris; the residence of the Merovingian royalty in the 7th century
 
cliff dwelling
a rock and adobe dwelling built on sheltered ledges in the sides of a cliff
 
climatic zone
any of the geographical zones loosely divided according to prevailing climate and latitude
 
climbing frame
a framework of bars or logs for children to climb on
 
clinic
a healthcare facility for outpatient care
 
clink
a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)
 
Clinton
a town in east central Iowa
 
clip joint
a place of entertainment where high prices are charged for poor entertainment
 
clipper
a fast sailing ship used in former times
 
cloaca
a waste pipe that carries away sewage or surface water
 
cloakroom
a private lounge off of a legislative chamber
 
cloakroom
a room where coats and other articles can be left temporarily
 
clock tower
a tower with a large clock visible high up on an outside face
 
clog
any object that acts as a hindrance or obstruction
 
cloister
a courtyard with covered walks (as in religious institutions)
 
cloister
residence that is a place of religious seclusion (such as a monastery)
 
close quarters
a situation of being uncomfortably close to someone or something
 
closet
a small private room for study or prayer
 
closet
a small room (or recess) or cabinet used for storage space
 
clotheshorse
a framework on which to hang clothes (as for drying)
 
clothing store
a store where men's clothes are sold
 
cloverleaf
an interchange that does not require left-hand turns
 
club car
railroad car having a bar and tables and lounge chairs
 
club
a building that is occupied by a social club
 
clubroom
a room used for the activities of a club
 
CN Tower
a tower in Toronto; 1815 feet tall for broadcasting widely
 
Cnossus
an ancient town on Crete where Bronze Age culture flourished from about 2000 BC to 1400 BC
 
Co-operative Republic of Guyana
a republic in northeastern South America; formerly part of the British Empire, but it achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1966
 
coach
a carriage pulled by four horses with one driver
 
Coahuila
a state in northern Mexico; mostly high plateau
 
coal car
freight car with fixed sides and no roof; for transporting coal
 
coal chute
a chute for coal
 
coal house
a shed for storing coal
 
coal seam
a seam of coal
 
coalfield
a region where there is coal underground
 
coaling station
a seaport where ships can take on supplies of coal
 
coaming
a raised framework around a hatchway on a ship to keep water out
 
coaster wagon
a child's four-wheeled toy cart sometimes used for coasting
 
coastline
the outline of a coast
 
coat rack
a rack with hooks for temporarily holding coats and hats
 
Coats Land
a region of western Antarctica along the southeastern shore of the Weddell Sea
 
cockleshell
a small light flimsy boat
 
cockloft
a small loft or garret
 
cockpit
compartment where the pilot sits while flying the aircraft
 
cockpit
a pit for cockfights
 
cocktail lounge
a barroom in a hotel or restaurant where cocktails are served
 
Coeur d'Alene
a town in the northern panhandle of Idaho; popular resort area
 
coffee stall
a stand (usually movable) selling hot coffee and food (especially at night)
 
cog
tooth on the rim of gear wheel
 
coil
tubing that is wound in a spiral
 
coil
a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops
 
col
a pass between mountain peaks
 
Colchis
(Greek mythology) a region on the Black Sea to the south of the Caucasus that was the site of an ancient country where (according to Greek mythology) Jason sought the Golden Fleece
 
cold-water flat
an apartment without modern conveniences
 
collapsible shelter
a portable shelter (usually of canvas stretched over supporting poles and fastened to the ground with ropes and pegs)
 
college
a complex of buildings in which an institution of higher education is housed
 
colliery
a workplace consisting of a coal mine plus all the buildings and equipment connected with it
 
collision course
a course of a moving object that will lead to a collision if it continues unchanged
 
Cologne
a commercial center and river port in western Germany on the Rhine River; flourished during the 15th century as a member of the Hanseatic League
 
colonnade
structure consisting of a row of evenly spaced columns
 
colony
a place where a group of people with the same interest or occupation are concentrated
 
Colony
one of the 13 British colonies that formed the original states of the United States
 
colony
a geographical area politically controlled by a distant country
 
Colorado Desert
an arid region of southeastern California
 
Colorado Springs
a city in east central Colorado on the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains; popular tourist center and site of the United States Air Force Academy
 
Colossae
an ancient city in south western Phrygia in Asia Minor; site of an early Christian Church
 
columbarium
a sepulchral vault or other structure having recesses in the walls to receive cinerary urns
 
Columbia
a university town in central Missouri
 
Columbia
a town in west central Tennessee
 
Columbia University
a university in New York City
 
Columbus
a town in eastern Mississippi near the border with Alabama
 
Columbus
a city in western Georgia on the Chattahoochee River; industrial center
 
column
a vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (such as a monument)
 
combat area
a military area where combat forces operate
 
combat ship
a government ship that is available for waging war
 
combat zone
a city district known for its vice and high crime rate
 
comfort station
a toilet that is available to the public
 
command module
a space module in which astronauts can live and control the spacecraft and communicate with earth
 
commissary
a retail store that sells equipment and provisions (usually to military personnel)
 
commodities exchange
an exchange for buying and selling commodities for future delivery
 
Commodore John Barry Bridge
a cantilever bridge in Chester, Pennsylvania
 
common fault
an inclined fault in which the hanging wall appears to have slipped downward relative to the footwall
 
common land
a pasture subject to common use
 
common room
a sitting room (usually at school or university)
 
common
a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area
 
commonwealth
the official name of some states in the United States (Massachusetts and Pennsylvania and Virginia and Kentucky) and associated territories (Puerto Rico)
 
Commonwealth of Australia
a nation occupying the whole of the Australian continent; Aboriginal tribes are thought to have migrated from southeastern Asia 20,000 years ago; first Europeans were British convicts sent there as a penal colony
 
Commonwealth of Dominica
a country on the island of Dominica
 
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
a self-governing commonwealth associated with the United States occupying the island of Puerto Rico
 
Commonwealth of the Bahamas
island country in the Atlantic to the east of Florida and Cuba; a popular winter resort
 
commune
the smallest administrative district of several European countries
 
communication equipment
facility consisting of the physical plants and equipment for disseminating information
 
community
a district where people live; occupied primarily by private residences
 
commuter
a passenger train that is ridden primarily by passengers who travel regularly from one place to another
 
compact
a small and economical car
 
companionway
a stairway or ladder that leads from one deck to another on a ship
 
compartment
a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area
 
compartment
a space into which an area is subdivided
 
complementary angles
two angles whose sum is a right angle
 
compound
an enclosure of residences and other building (especially in the Orient)
 
computer store
a store that sells computers to the small businessperson or personal user
 
concentration camp
a penal camp where political prisoners or prisoners of war are confined (usually under harsh conditions)
 
Concepcion
an industrial city in Chile to the south of Santiago
 
concert hall
a hall where concerts are given
 
Concord
town in eastern Massachusetts near Boston where the first battle of the American Revolution was fought
 
concourse
a wide hallway in a building where people can walk
 
concrete jungle
an area in a city with large modern buildings that is perceived as dangerous and unpleasant
 
condenser
a hollow coil that condenses by abstracting heat
 
condo
one of the dwelling units in a condominium
 
condominium
housing consisting of a complex of dwelling units (as an apartment house) in which each unit is individually owned
 
conduit
a passage (a pipe or tunnel) through which water or electric wires can pass
 
Conestoga wagon
a large wagon with broad wheels and an arched canvas top; used by the United States pioneers to cross the prairies in the 19th century
 
Coney Island
a section of Brooklyn on the Atlantic; known as an amusement center
 
Confederate States of America
the southern states that seceded from the United States in 1861
 
conference center
a center where conferences can be conducted
 
conference room
a room in which a conference can be held
 
confessional
a booth where a priest sits to hear confessions
 
confluence
a place where things merge or flow together (especially rivers)
 
conformation
a symmetrical arrangement of the parts of a thing
 
congressional district
a territorial division of a state; entitled to elect one member to the United States House of Representatives
 
Connecticut
one of the British colonies that formed the United States
 
connecting room
a hotel room that shares a wall with an adjoining room and is connected by a private door
 
conning tower
an armored pilothouse on a warship
 
conservatoire
a schoolhouse with special facilities for fine arts
 
conservatory
a greenhouse in which plants are arranged in a pleasing manner
 
Constantina
a Romanian resort city on the Black Sea
 
Constantine
a walled city in northeastern Algeria to the east of Algiers; was destroyed in warfare in the 4th century and rebuilt by Constantine I
 
Constantinople
the largest city and former capital of Turkey; rebuilt on the site of ancient Byzantium by Constantine I in the fourth century; renamed Constantinople by Constantine who made it the capital of the Byzantine Empire; now the seat of the Eastern Orthodox Church
 
Constitution State
a New England state; one of the original 13 colonies
 
consulate
diplomatic building that serves as the residence or workplace of a consul
 
container ship
a cargo ship designed to hold containerized cargoes
 
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)
 
control center
the operational center for a group of related activities
 
control room
a room housing control equipment (as in a recording studio)
 
control tower
a tower with an elevated workspace enclosed in glass for the visual observation of aircraft around an airport
 
conurbation
an aggregation or continuous network of urban communities
 
convenience store
a store selling a limited variety of food and pharmaceutical items; open long hours for the convenience of customers
 
convent
a religious residence especially for nuns
 
conventicle
a building for religious assembly (especially Nonconformists, e.g., Quakers)
 
convertible
a car that has top that can be folded or removed
 
cookfire
a fire for cooking
 
cookhouse
a detached or outdoor shelter for cooking
 
cooler
a cell for violent prisoners
 
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
university founded in 1859 by Peter Cooper to offer free courses in the arts and sciences
 
Cooperstown
a small town in east central New York; site of the National Baseball Hall of Fame
 
coordinate axis
one of the fixed reference lines of a coordinate system
 
coracle
a small rounded boat made of hides stretched over a wicker frame; still used in some parts of Great Britain
 
corbel arch
(architecture) an arch constructed of masonry courses that are corbelled until they meet
 
corbie gable
(architecture) a gable having corbie-steps or corbel steps
 
Cordova
a city in central Argentina; site of a university founded in 1613
 
Cordova
a city in southern Spain; center of Moorish culture
 
corduroy
a road made of logs laid crosswise
 
core
the chamber of a nuclear reactor containing the fissile material where the reaction takes place
 
core
the center of an object
 
core
the central part of the Earth
 
corium
the deep vascular inner layer of the skin
 
Cork
a port city in southern Ireland
 
Corn Belt
the midwestern states in the U.S. where corn is grown; Iowa and Illinois are excellent for raising corn and corn-fed livestock
 
corn cob
the hard cylindrical core that bears the kernels of an ear of corn
 
corn exchange
an exchange where grains are bought and sold
 
corn field
a field planted with corn
 
corn snow
granular snow formed by alternate thawing and freezing
 
corncrib
a crib for storing and drying ears of corn
 
Cornell University
a university in Ithaca, New York
 
corner
the point where two lines meet or intersect
 
corner
a place off to the side of an area
 
corner
a remote area
 
corner
the point where three areas or surfaces meet or intersect
 
corner pocket
a pocket at the corner of a billiard table
 
corner
an interior angle formed by two meeting walls
 
corner
(architecture) solid exterior angle of a building; especially one formed by a cornerstone
 
corner
the intersection of two streets
 
corneum
the outermost layer of the epidermis consisting of dead cells that slough off
 
Cornhusker State
a midwestern state on the Great Plains
 
cornice
the topmost projecting part of an entablature
 
cornice
a decorative framework to conceal curtain fixtures at the top of a window casing
 
Cornwall
a hilly county in southwestern England
 
Coropuna
a mountain peak in the Andes in Peru (21,083 feet high)
 
Corpus Christi
a city in southern Texas on an arm of the Gulf of Mexico
 
correctional institution
a penal institution maintained by the government
 
corridor
an enclosed passageway; rooms usually open onto it
 
corsair
a swift pirate ship (often operating with official sanction)
 
Corsica
a region of France on the island of Corsica; birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte
 
corvette
a highly maneuverable escort warship; smaller than a destroyer
 
Cotonou
chief port of Benin on the Bight of Benin
 
cottage tent
a tent providing shelter for a family
 
cotton mill
a textile mill for making cotton textiles
 
couchette
a compartment on a European passenger train; contains 4 to 6 berths for sleeping
 
Council Bluffs
a town in southwest Iowa on the Missouri River across from Omaha
 
countinghouse
office used by the accountants of a business
 
country house
a house (usually large and impressive) on an estate in the country
 
country of origin
the country where you were born
 
country store
a retail store serving a sparsely populated region; usually stocked with a wide variety of merchandise
 
country
the territory occupied by a nation
 
country
an area outside of cities and towns
 
countryside
rural regions
 
county
(United Kingdom) a region created by territorial division for the purpose of local government
 
county
(United States) the largest administrative district within a state
 
county courthouse
the town or city that is the seat of government for a county
 
county line
the boundary between two counties
 
county palatine
the territory of a count palatine
 
county town
the town or city that is the seat of government for a shire
 
coupe
a car with two doors and front seats and a luggage compartment
 
course
facility consisting of a circumscribed area of land or water laid out for a sport
 
course
a line or route along which something travels or moves
 
course
general line of orientation
 
court
the residence of a sovereign or nobleman
 
court
a specially marked horizontal area within which a game is played
 
court
a room in which a lawcourt sits
 
court
an area wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings
 
court
a hotel for motorists; provides direct access from rooms to parking area
 
courthouse
a building that houses judicial courts
 
courthouse
a government building that houses the offices of a county government
 
Coventry
an industrial city in central England; devastated by air raids during World War II; remembered as the home of Lady Godiva in the 11th century
 
covered bridge
a bridge whose passageway is protected by a roof and enclosing sides
 
covered couch
a litter with a cover for privacy
 
covered stadium
a stadium that has a roof
 
covered stand
a stand at a racecourse or stadium consisting of tiers with rows of individual seats that are under a protective roof
 
cow pasture
a pasture for cows
 
cow town
a small town in a cattle-raising area of western North America
 
craft
a vehicle designed for navigation in or on water or air or through outer space
 
cranny
a small opening or crevice (especially in a rock face or wall)
 
crash barrier
a strong protective barrier that is erected around a racetrack or in the middle of a dual-lane highway in order to reduce the likelihood of severe accidents
 
Crater Lake National Park
a national park in Oregon having the deepest lake in the United States in the crater of an extinct volcano
 
crawl space
low space beneath a floor of a building; gives workers access to wiring or plumbing
 
creamery
a workplace where dairy products (butter and cheese etc.) are produced or sold
 
creche
a hospital where foundlings (infant children of unknown parents) are taken in and cared for
 
creep
a pen that is fenced so that young animals can enter but adults cannot
 
cremation chamber
a furnace where a corpse can be burned and reduced to ashes
 
crematorium
a mortuary where corpses are cremated
 
Cremona
a city in Lombardy on the Po River; noted for the manufacture of fine violins from the 16th to the 18th centuries
 
crenel
a notch or open space between two merlons in a crenelated battlement
 
crest
the top line of a hill, mountain, or wave
 
crest
the center of a cambered road
 
crest
the top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill)
 
crevasse
a deep fissure
 
crib
a bin or granary for storing grains
 
crinion
point where the hairline meets the midpoint of the forehead
 
critical angle
the smallest angle of incidence for which light is totally reflected
 
croft
a small farm worked by a crofter
 
cromlech
a prehistoric megalithic tomb typically having two large upright stones and a capstone
 
cross
a wooden structure consisting of an upright post with a transverse piece
 
cross street
a street intersecting a main street (usually at right angles) and continuing on both sides of it
 
crosscut
a diagonal path
 
crosscut
a route shorter than the usual one
 
crossing
a point where two lines (paths or arcs etc.) intersect
 
crossing
a path (often marked) where something (as a street or railroad) can be crossed to get from one side to the other
 
crotch
the angle formed by the inner sides of the legs where they join the human trunk
 
crown
the part of a tooth above the gum that is covered with enamel
 
crown
the part of a hat (the vertex) that covers the crown of the head
 
Crown Colony
a British colony controlled by the British Crown, represented by a governor
 
crown
the top of the head
 
crown
the upper branches and leaves of a tree or other plant
 
crud
heavy wet snow that is unsuitable for skiing
 
cruise liner
a passenger ship used commercially for pleasure cruises
 
cruise missile
an unmanned aircraft that is a self-contained bomb
 
cruiser
a large fast warship; smaller than a battleship and larger than a destroyer
 
cruiser
a car in which policemen cruise the streets; equipped with radiotelephonic communications to headquarters
 
crustal plate
a rigid layer of the Earth's crust that is believed to drift slowly
 
crypt
a cellar or vault or underground burial chamber (especially beneath a church)
 
Cuban heel
a broad heel of medium height on women's shoes
 
cubby
a small secluded room
 
cubbyhole
a small compartment
 
cuddy
the galley or pantry of a small ship
 
cul
a passage with access only at one end
 
Culiacan
a city in northwestern Mexico
 
cullis
a gutter in a roof
 
culmination
(astronomy) a heavenly body's highest celestial point above an observer's horizon
 
culvert
a transverse and totally enclosed drain under a road or railway
 
Cumana
a port city in northeastern Venezuela on the Caribbean Sea; founded in 1523, it is the oldest European settlement in South America
 
Cumberland Gap
a pass through the Cumberland Mountains between Virginia and Kentucky that early settlers used in order to move west
 
Cumbria
a county of northwestern England
 
Cumbria
a former Celtic kingdom in northwestern England; the name continued to be used for the hilly northwestern region of England including the Lake District and the northern Pennines
 
cupola
a vertical cylindrical furnace for melting iron for casting
 
curb market
a stock market for trading in securities not listed on the New York Stock Exchange
 
Curitiba
a city in southeastern Brazil
 
curtilage
the enclosed land around a house or other building
 
cusp
point formed by two intersecting arcs (as from the intrados of a Gothic arch)
 
customhouse
a government building where customs are collected and where ships are cleared to enter or leave the country
 
cut
a canal made by erosion or excavation
 
cuticle
the outer layer of the skin covering the exterior body surface of vertebrates
 
cutter
a sailing vessel with a single mast set further back than the mast of a sloop
 
cutter
a boat for communication between ship and shore
 
cutting angle
the angle between the face of a cutting tool and the surface of the work
 
cutting room
a room where films or tapes are edited (by cutting out unwanted parts)
 
Cuzco
a town in the Andes in southern Peru; formerly the capital of the Inca empire
 
cybercafe
a cafe whose customers sit at computer terminals and log on to the internet while they eat and drink
 
cycle rickshaw
a tricycle (usually propelled by pedalling); used in the Orient for transporting passengers for hire
 
cyclone cellar
an underground shelter where you can go until a storm passes
 
cyclopean masonry
a primitive style of masonry characterized by use of massive stones of irregular shape and size
 
cylinder
a chamber within which piston moves
 
Cynoscephalae
the fields in Thessaly where in 197 BC the Romans defeated the Macedonians
 
Czech capital
the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic in the western part of the country; a cultural and commercial center since the 14th century
 
Czech Republic
a landlocked republic in central Europe; separated from Slovakia in 1993
 
Czechoslovakia
a former republic in central Europe; divided into Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993
 
Czestochowa
a city of southern Poland whose church contains the statue of the black Madonna which attracts many pilgrims
 
D region
the lowest region of the ionosphere (35 to 50 miles up) that reflects low-frequency radio waves
 
dacha
Russian country house
 
Dachau
a concentration camp for Jews created by the Nazis near Munich in southern Germany
 
dairy
a farm where dairy products are produced
 
Dakota
the area of the states of North Dakota and South Dakota
 
Dalian
a port and shipbuilding center in northeastern China on the Liaodong Peninsula; now a part of Luda
 
Dallas
a large commercial and industrial city in northeastern Texas located in the heart of the northern Texas oil fields
 
Dalmatia
a historical region of Croatia on the Adriatic Sea; mountainous with many islands
 
dam
a barrier constructed to contain the flow of water or to keep out the sea
 
dandy
a sailing vessel with two masts; a small mizzen is aft of the rudderpost
 
danger
a dangerous place
 
danger line
a line beyond which it is dangerous to go
 
danger zone
a dangerous area
 
Danish capital
the capital and largest city of Denmark; located on the island of Zealand
 
Darfur
an impoverished region of western Sudan
 
dark
an unilluminated area
 
darkroom
a room in which photographs are developed
 
Dartmouth College
a college in New Hampshire
 
Darwin
provincial capital of the Northern Territory of Australia
 
Dasht-e-Lut
a desert in eastern Iran
 
data track
(computer science) one of the circular magnetic paths on a magnetic disk that serve as a guide for writing and reading data
 
Daugavpils
a city of southeastern Latvia
 
Davenport
a city in eastern Iowa on the Mississippi River across from Moline and Rock Island
 
Dawson
a town in northwestern Canada in the Yukon on the Yukon River; a boom town around 1900 when gold was discovered in the Klondike
 
day camp
a camp providing care and activities for children during the daytime
 
day care center
a nursery for the supervision of preschool children while the parents work
 
day school
a school building without boarding facilities
 
Dayton
a city in southwest Ohio; manufacturing center
 
Daytona Beach
a resort town in northeast Florida on the Atlantic coast; hard white beaches have been used for automobile speed trials
 
dead drop
a drop used for the clandestine exchange of intelligence information
 
dead room
a building (or room) where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation
 
dead-air space
an unventilated area where no air circulates
 
deadhead
a train or bus or taxi traveling empty
 
deanery
the official residence of a dean
 
death camp
a concentration camp where prisoners are likely to die or be killed
 
death house
the cellblock in a prison where those condemned to death await execution
 
Death Valley
a desert area that is part of the Mojave Desert in eastern California and southwestern Nevada; contains the lowest point in North America
 
deathtrap
any structure that is very unsafe; where people are likely to be killed
 
Decatur
a town in northern Alabama on the Tennessee River
 
Decatur
a city in central Illinois; Abraham Lincoln practiced law here
 
deck
a porch that resembles the deck on a ship
 
deck-house
a superstructure on the upper deck of a ship
 
deckle
(paper making) a frame used to form paper pulp into sheets
 
Deep South
the southeastern region of the United States: South Carolina and Georgia and Alabama and Mississippi and Louisiana; prior to the American Civil War all these states produced cotton and permitted slavery
 
deep space
any region in space outside the solar system
 
deer trail
a trail worn by the passage of deer
 
defence
a structure used to defend against attack
 
defense laboratory
a laboratory devoted to research and development for national defense
 
defilade
the arrangement of defensive fortifications to protect against enemy fire
 
defile
a narrow pass (especially one between mountains)
 
Del Rio
a town in southwest Texas on the Rio Grande to the west of San Antonio
 
Delaware
one of the British colonies that formed the United States
 
Delaware Memorial Bridge
a suspension bridge across the Delaware River
 
deli
a shop selling ready-to-eat food products
 
delivery truck
a van suitable for delivering goods or services to customers
 
Delphi
an ancient Greek city on the slopes of Mount Parnassus; site of the oracle of Delphi
 
delta wing
an airplane with wings that give it the appearance of an isosceles triangle
 
demarcation
the boundary of a specific area
 
demesne
territory over which rule or control is exercised
 
Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria
a republic in northwestern Africa on the Mediterranean Sea with a population that is predominantly Sunni Muslim; colonized by France in the 19th century but gained autonomy in the early 1960s
 
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
a communist country in the northern half of the Korean Peninsula; established in 1948
 
Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe
island nation in the South Atlantic off the west coast of Africa; achieved independence from Portugal in 1975; has enormous offshore oil reserves
 
Democratic Republic of the Congo
a republic in central Africa; achieved independence from Belgium in 1960
 
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
a republic on the island of Ceylon; became independent of the United Kingdom in 1948
 
den
a room that is comfortable and secluded
 
den
a hiding place; usually a remote place used by outlaws
 
den
the habitation of wild animals
 
Denali Fault
a major open geological fault in Alaska
 
Denali National Park
a large national park in Alaska having peaks of the Alaska Range (including Mount McKinley) and the huge Denali fault
 
department
the territorial and administrative division of some countries (such as France)
 
department store
a large retail store organized into departments offering a variety of merchandise; commonly part of a retail chain
 
departure gate
gate where passengers embark
 
departure lounge
lounge where passengers can await departure
 
deposit
a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping
 
depository library
a depository built to contain books and other materials for reading and study
 
depot
a depository for goods
 
depot
station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods
 
depths
(plural) the deepest and most remote part
 
derivation
the source or origin from which something derives (i.e. comes or issues)
 
derrick
a framework erected over an oil well to allow drill tubes to be raised and lowered
 
descending node
the point at which an orbit crosses the ecliptic plane going south
 
desert
arid land with little or no vegetation
 
desktop
the top of a desk
 
destination
the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey)
 
destroyer escort
warship smaller than a destroyer; designed to escort fleets or convoys
 
destroyer
a small fast lightly armored but heavily armed warship
 
detached house
a house that stands alone
 
detention basin
a storage site (such as a small reservoir) that delays the flow of water downstream
 
detention camp
an institution where juvenile offenders can be held temporarily (usually under the supervision of a juvenile court)
 
detour
a roundabout road (especially one that is used temporarily while a main route is blocked)
 
detox
the hospital ward or clinic in which patients are detoxified
 
development
a district that has been developed to serve some purpose
 
Devonshire
a county in southwestern England
 
Dhahran
an oil town in eastern Saudi Arabia on an inlet from the Persian Gulf; in June 1996 terrorists bombed an apartment complex in Dhahran killing 19 United States soldiers and wounding more than 300 people
 
Dhaulagiri
a mountain in the Himalayas in Nepal (26,820 feet high)
 
dhow
a lateen-rigged sailing vessel used by Arabs
 
diamond point
a very hard small point made from a diamond
 
Diamond State
a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies
 
diastema
a gap or vacant space between two teeth
 
diesel locomotive
a locomotive driven by a diesel engine
 
diesel-electric
a locomotive driven by the electric current generated by a diesel engine
 
diesel-hydraulic
a locomotive driven by a hydraulic transmission system powered by a diesel engine
 
diggings
temporary living quarters
 
Dijon
an industrial city in eastern France to the north of Lyons
 
diminished arch
an arch whose height is less than half its width
 
diner
a restaurant that resembles a dining car
 
dinette
a small area off of a kitchen that is used for dining
 
dinghy
a small boat of shallow draft with cross thwarts for seats and rowlocks for oars with which it is propelled
 
dining area
an area arranged for dining
 
dining room
a room used for dining
 
dining-hall
a large room at a college or university; used especially for dining
 
dinkey
a small locomotive
 
dinner theater
a theater at which dinner is included in the price of admission
 
diplomatic building
government building in which diplomats live or work
 
Dipylon gate
a gateway to the west of ancient Athens near which a distinctive style of pottery has been found
 
direction
a line leading to a place or point
 
dirt bike
a lightweight motorcycle equipped with rugged tires and suspension; an off-road motorcycle designed for riding cross country or over unpaved ground
 
dirt track
a racetrack that is not paved
 
disaster area
a region whose population is affected by a general disaster
 
disc space
(computer science) the space available on a magnetic disk
 
discharge pipe
a pipe through which fluids can be discharged
 
disco
a public dance hall for dancing to recorded popular music
 
discount house
a sales outlet offering goods at a discounted price
 
dish rack
a rack for holding dishes as dishwater drains off of them
 
disk overhead
(computer science) the disk space required for information that is not data but is used for location and timing
 
Disneyland
an amusement park in Anaheim created in 1955 by Walt Disney
 
dispensary
clinic where medicine and medical supplies are dispensed
 
display window
a window of a store facing onto the street; used to display merchandise for sale in the store
 
disposal plant
a plant for disposing of sewage
 
distance
a distant region
 
distillery
a plant and works where alcoholic drinks are made by distillation
 
district line
the boundary between two districts
 
District of Columbia
the district occupied entirely by the city of Washington; chosen by George Washington as the site of the capital of the United States and created out of land ceded by Maryland and Virginia
 
district
a region marked off for administrative or other purposes
 
divan
a Muslim council chamber or law court
 
dive bomber
a bomber that releases its bombs during a steep dive toward the target
 
dive
a cheap disreputable nightclub or dance hall
 
divide
a ridge of land that separates two adjacent river systems
 
divided highway
a highway divided down the middle by a barrier that separates traffic going in different directions
 
divider
a vertical structure that divides or separates (as a wall divides one room from another)
 
Djanet
a desert town in southeastern Algeria
 
DMZ
a zone from which military forces or operations or installations are prohibited
 
Dneprodzerzhinsk
port city and industrial center in east central Ukraine on the Dnieper River
 
dock
an enclosure in a court of law where the defendant sits during the trial
 
dock
landing in a harbor next to a pier where ships are loaded and unloaded or repaired; may have gates to let water in or out
 
dockside
the region adjacent to a boat dock
 
dockyard
an establishment on the waterfront where vessels are built or fitted out or repaired
 
Dodge City
a town of southwestern Kansas on the Arkansas River; formerly a rowdy cow town
 
Dodgem
a small low-powered electrically powered vehicle driven on a special platform where there are many others to be dodged
 
Dodoma
a city in the center of Tanzania that has been designated as the future capital
 
dog house
outbuilding that serves as a shelter for a dog
 
dog pound
a public enclosure for stray or unlicensed dogs
 
dog sled
a sled pulled by dogs
 
dogcart
a cart drawn by a dog
 
dogleg
angle that resembles the hind leg of a dog
 
dollhouse
a house so small that it is likened to a child's plaything
 
dolly
conveyance consisting of a wheeled platform for moving heavy objects
 
dolly
conveyance consisting of a wheeled support on which a camera can be mounted
 
domicile
(law) the residence where you have your permanent home or principal establishment and to where, whenever you are absent, you intend to return; every person is compelled to have one and only one domicile at a time
 
Dominican Republic
a republic in the West Indies; located on the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola
 
Donets Basin
an industrial region in the Ukraine
 
Donetske
an industrial city in the Donets Basin
 
donjon
the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
 
donkey cart
a cart with an underslung axle and two seats
 
donkey engine
a locomotive for switching rolling stock in a railroad yard
 
Donner Pass
a mountain pass in northeastern California near Lake Tahoe; site where in 1844 some members of an emigrant party survived by eating those who had died
 
doodlebug
a small motor vehicle
 
door
a swinging or sliding barrier that will close the entrance to a room or building or vehicle
 
door
a room that is entered via a door
 
door
a structure where people live or work (usually ordered along a street or road)
 
door
the entrance (the space in a wall) through which you enter or leave a room or building; the space that a door can close
 
doorcase
the frame that supports a door
 
dooryard
a yard outside the front or rear door of a house
 
Doris
a small region of ancient Greece where the Doric dialect was spoken
 
dorm room
a large sleeping room containing several beds
 
dorm
a college or university building containing living quarters for students
 
dormer window
the window in a gabled extension built to accommodate a window
 
dormer
a gabled extension built out from a sloping roof to accommodate a vertical window
 
Dortmund
an industrial city in northwestern Germany; flourished from the 13th to 17th century as a member of the Hanseatic League
 
dosshouse
a cheap lodging house
 
Douala
the largest city of Cameroon
 
double door
two vertical doors that meet in the middle of the door frame when closed
 
double glazing
a window with two panes of glass and a space between them; reduces heat and noise transmission through the window
 
double-hung window
a window having two sashes that slide up and down
 
double-prop
a propeller plane with an engine that drives two propellers in opposite directions (for stability)
 
downcast
a ventilation shaft through which air enters a mine
 
Downing Street
a street of Westminster in London
 
dragger
a fishing boat that uses a trawl net or dragnet to catch fish
 
drain
tube inserted into a body cavity (as during surgery) to remove unwanted material
 
drain
a pipe through which liquid is carried away
 
drainplug
a removable plug for holding water in a tub or basin
 
drawbridge
a bridge that can be raised to block passage or to allow boats or ships to pass beneath it
 
drawer
a boxlike container in a piece of furniture; made so as to slide in and out
 
drawing room
a private compartment on a sleeping car with three bunks and a toilet
 
drawing room
a formal room where visitors can be received and entertained
 
dreadnaught
battleship that has big guns all of the same caliber
 
dredger
a barge (or a vessel resembling a barge) that is used for dredging
 
Dresden
a city in southeastern Germany on the Elbe River; it was almost totally destroyed by British air raids in 1945
 
dressing room
a room in which you can change clothes
 
drift
a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine
 
drill site
workplace that is the site of a drill hole
 
drilling pipe
a series of tubes (joined by screwed collars) that connect a drilling platform to the drilling bit; rotates the bit and supplies drilling mud
 
drinking straw
a thin paper or plastic tube used to suck liquids into the mouth
 
drip
(architecture) a projection from a cornice or sill designed to protect the area below from rainwater (as over a window or doorway)
 
dripstone
a protective drip that is made of stone
 
drive
a road leading up to a private house
 
drive
a wide scenic road planted with trees
 
drive-in
any installation designed to accommodate patrons in their automobiles
 
driving range
a practice range for practicing golf shots
 
drone
an aircraft without a pilot that is operated by remote control
 
drop
a central depository where things can be left or picked up
 
drop
a predetermined hiding place for the deposit and distribution of illicit goods (such as drugs or stolen property)
 
drop arch
a blunt pointed arch drawn from two centers within the span
 
drop zone
an agreed area where military supplies are dropped to ground troops
 
droshky
an open horse-drawn carriage with four wheels; formerly used in Poland and Russia
 
dry dock
a large dock from which water can be pumped out; used for building ships or for repairing a ship below its waterline
 
dry kiln
a kiln for drying and seasoning lumber
 
dry masonry
masonry without mortar
 
dry wall
a stone wall made with stones fitted together without mortar
 
Dubai
port city in the United Arab Emirates on the Persian Gulf
 
Dubrovnik
a port city in southwestern Croatia on the Adriatic; a popular tourist center
 
Dubuque
a town in eastern Iowa on the Mississippi River
 
duchy
the domain controlled by a duke or duchess
 
duckboard
a boardwalk laid across muddy ground
 
duct
an enclosed conduit for a fluid
 
dude ranch
a holiday resort offering ranch activities (riding and camping)
 
dudeen
a clay pipe with a short stem
 
dugout
either of two low shelters on either side of a baseball diamond where the players and coaches sit during the game
 
dugout
a canoe made by hollowing out and shaping a large log
 
Duke University
a university in Durham, North Carolina
 
Duluth
a city in northeast Minnesota on Lake Superior
 
dump
a place where supplies can be stored
 
dump truck
truck whose contents can be emptied without handling; the front end of the platform can be pneumatically raised so that the load is discharged by gravity
 
dump
a piece of land where waste materials are dumped
 
dumpcart
a cart that can be tilted to empty contents without handling
 
dungeon
a dark cell (usually underground) where prisoners can be confined
 
Dunkerque
a seaport in northern France on the North Sea; scene of the evacuation of British forces in 1940 during World War II
 
duplex
an apartment having rooms on two floors that are connected by a staircase
 
duplex
a house with two units sharing a common wall
 
Durazzo
port city in western Albania on the Adriatic
 
Durban
a port city in eastern South Africa on the Indian Ocean; resort and industrial center
 
durbar
the room in the palace of a native prince of India in which audiences and receptions occur
 
Durham
a city of north central North Carolina; site of Duke University
 
Dusseldorf
an industrial city in western Germany on the Rhine
 
dust bowl
a region subject to dust storms; especially the central region of United States subject to dust storms in the 1930s
 
dustcart
a truck for collecting domestic refuse
 
Dutch door
an exterior door divided in two horizontally; either half can be closed or open independently
 
dye-works
a workshop where dyeing is done
 
earldom
the domain controlled by an earl or count or countess
 
earplug
a plug of cotton, wax, or rubber that is fitted into the ear canal for protection against the entry of water or loud noise
 
earreach
the range within which a voice can be heard
 
earth
the abode of mortals (as contrasted with Heaven or Hell)
 
Earth's crust
the outer layer of the Earth
 
Earth's surface
the outermost level of the land or sea
 
earth-closet
a small outbuilding with a bench having holes through which a user can defecate
 
earthwork
an earthen rampart
 
east
a location in the eastern part of a country, region, or city
 
East Africa
a geographical area in eastern Africa
 
East Anglia
a region of eastern England that was formerly a kingdom
 
East Coast
the eastern seaboard of the United States (especially the strip between Boston and Washington D.C.)
 
East Malaysia
the part of Malaysia that is on the island of Borneo
 
East Saint Louis
a town in southwest Illinois on the Mississippi across from Saint Louis
 
east side
the side that is on the east
 
East Sussex
a county in southern England on the English Channel
 
East Timor
a former Portuguese colony that was annexed by Indonesia in 1976; voted for independence from Indonesia in 1999 and in May 2002 became an independent nation
 
east-west direction
in a direction parallel with lines of latitude
 
Eastern Desert
a desert in Egypt between the Nile River and the Red Sea
 
eastern hemisphere
the hemisphere that includes Eurasia and Africa and Australia
 
Eastern Roman Empire
a continuation of the Roman Empire in the Middle East after its division in 395
 
eastern United States
the region of the United States lying to the north of the Ohio River and to the east of the Mississippi River
 
eatery
a building where people go to eat
 
Eau Claire
a town in west central Wisconsin
 
eaves
the overhang at the lower edge of a roof
 
echo chamber
an enclosed space for producing reverberation of a sound
 
ecliptic
the great circle representing the apparent annual path of the sun; the plane of the Earth's orbit around the sun; makes an angle of about 23 degrees with the equator
 
edge
the outside limit of an object or area or surface; a place farthest away from the center of something
 
Edgeworth-Kuiper belt
a disk-shaped region of minor planets outside the orbit of Neptune
 
edging
border consisting of anything placed on the edge to finish something (such as a fringe on clothing or on a rug)
 
Edinburgh
the capital of Scotland; located in the Lothian Region on the south side of the Firth of Forth
 
Edmonton
the capital of the province of Alberta
 
efficiency apartment
a furnished apartment with a kitchenette and bathroom
 
Egyptian Empire
an ancient empire to the west of Israel; centered on the Nile River and ruled by a Pharaoh; figured in many events described in the Old Testament
 
Ehadhamen
city in Tunisia
 
Eiffel Tower
a wrought iron tower 300 meters high that was constructed in Paris in 1889; for many years it was the tallest man-made structure
 
Eindhoven
city in southeastern Netherlands noted for electrical industry
 
eitchen midden
(archeology) a mound of domestic refuse containing shells and animal bones marking the site of a prehistoric settlement
 
El Aaium
a town in Morocco near the Atlantic coast
 
El Alamein
a village to the west of Alexandria on the northern coast of Egypt; the scene of a decisive Allied victory over the Germans in 1942
 
El Giza
an ancient Egyptian city on the west bank of the Nile opposite Cairo; site of three Great Pyramids and the Sphinx
 
El Iskandriyah
the chief port of Egypt; located on the western edge of the Nile delta on the Mediterranean Sea; founded by Alexander the Great; the capital of ancient Egypt
 
El Libertador
a mountain in the Andes in Argentina (22,047 feet high)
 
El Muerto
a mountain peak in the Andes on the border between Argentina and Chile (21,457 feet high)
 
El Paso
a city in western Texas on the Mexican border; located on the northern bank of the Rio Grande across from the Mexican city of Juarez
 
El-Aksur
a city in central Egypt on the east bank of the Nile that is a center for visitors to the ruins of and around Thebes
 
elbow
a length of pipe with a sharp bend in it
 
election district
one of several districts into which a city or town is divided for voting; each contains one polling place
 
electric furnace
any furnace in which the heat is provided by an electric current
 
electric locomotive
a locomotive that is powered by an electric motor
 
electric main
a main that distributes electricity
 
electric
a car that is powered by electricity
 
electrical line of force
a line of force in an electrical field
 
electrical plant
utility that provides electricity
 
electron orbit
the path of an electron around the nucleus of an atom
 
element
the most favorable environment for a plant or animal
 
elevator shaft
a vertical shaft in a building to permit the passage of an elevator from floor to floor
 
Elisabethville
a city in southeastern Congo near the border with Zambia; a copper mining center; former name (until 1966) was Elisabethville
 
Elmont
a town on Long Island in New York; site of Belmont Park
 
embankment
a long artificial mound of stone or earth; built to hold back water or to support a road or as protection
 
embassy
a diplomatic building where ambassadors live or work
 
embroidery frame
a frame made of two hoops; used for embroidering
 
emergency exit
a stairway (often on the outside of a building) that permits exit in the case of fire or other emergency
 
Emilia-Romagna
a region of north central Italy on the Adriatic
 
emirate
the domain controlled by an emir
 
Empire State Building
a skyscraper built in New York City in 1931; 1250 feet tall
 
Empire State of the South
a state in southeastern United States; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War
 
empire
the domain ruled by an emperor or empress; the region over which imperial dominion is exercised
 
emplacement
military installation consisting of a prepared position for siting a weapon
 
emptiness
an empty area or space
 
enclave
an enclosed territory that is culturally distinct from the foreign territory that surrounds it
 
enclosure
a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose
 
enclosure
a naturally enclosed space
 
encumbrance
any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
 
end
a boundary marking the extremities of something
 
end
the surface at either extremity of a three-dimensional object
 
end
one of two places from which people are communicating to each other
 
end point
a place where something ends or is complete
 
end
either extremity of something that has length
 
Enderby Land
a region of Antarctica between Queen Maud Land and Wilkes Land; claimed by Australia
 
endotracheal tube
a catheter that is inserted into the trachea through the mouth or nose in order to maintain an open air passage or to deliver oxygen or to permit the suctioning of mucus or to prevent aspiration of the stomach contents
 
engine room
a room (as on a ship) in which the engine is located
 
engine
a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks
 
England
a division of the United Kingdom
 
Enid
a town in north central Oklahoma
 
entablature
(architecture) the structure consisting of the part of a classical temple above the columns between a capital and the roof
 
Entebbe
a town in southern Uganda on Lake Victoria; site of an international airport (where in 1976 Israeli commandos rescued hostages held aboard a plane by Palestinian hijackers)
 
enterprise zone
a city district where development receives special tax advantages
 
entrance
something that provides access (to get in or get out)
 
entrenchment
an entrenched fortification; a position protected by trenches
 
entrepot
a port where merchandise can be imported and then exported without paying import duties
 
entresol
intermediate floor just above the ground floor
 
environment
the area in which something exists or lives
 
environs
an outer adjacent area of any place
 
eparchy
a province in ancient Greece
 
eparchy
a diocese of the Eastern Orthodox Church
 
Ephesus
an ancient Greek city on the western shore of Asia Minor in what is now Turkey; site of the Temple of Artemis; was a major trading center and played an important role in early Christianity
 
epicenter
the point on the Earth's surface directly above the focus of an earthquake
 
Epirus
an ancient area on the Ionian Sea that flourished as a kingdom in the 3rd century BC; located in northwestern Greece and southern Albania
 
Equality State
a state in the western United States; mountainous in the west and north with the Great Plains in the east
 
equator
an imaginary line around the Earth forming the great circle that is equidistant from the north and south poles
 
equinoctial point
(astronomy) either of the two celestial points at which the celestial equator intersects the ecliptic
 
ER
a room in a hospital or clinic staffed and equipped to provide emergency care to persons requiring immediate medical treatment
 
erection
a structure that has been erected
 
Erie
a port city on Lake Erie in northwestern Pennsylvania
 
Erie Canal
an artificial waterway connecting the Hudson river at Albany with Lake Erie at Buffalo; built in the 19th century; now part of the New York State Barge Canal
 
escalator
a stairway whose steps move continuously on a circulating belt
 
escape hatch
hatchway that provides a means of escape in an emergency
 
escarp
a steep artificial slope in front of a fortification
 
espalier
a trellis on which ornamental shrub or fruit tree is trained to grow flat
 
esplanade
a long stretch of open level ground (paved or grassy) for walking beside the seashore
 
Espoo
a city in southern Finland
 
espresso shop
a cafe where espresso is served
 
Essen
a city in western Germany; industrial center of the Ruhr
 
Essex
a county in southeastern England on the North Sea and the Thames estuary
 
establishment
a public or private structure (business or governmental or educational) including buildings and equipment for business or residence
 
estaminet
a small (and usually shabby) cafe selling wine and beer and coffee
 
Etruria
an ancient country in central Italy; assimilated by the Romans by about 200 BC
 
Eugene
a city in western Oregon on the Willamette River; site of a university
 
Eureka
a town in northwest California on an arm of the Pacific Ocean
 
European country
any one of the countries occupying the European continent
 
European Russia
the part of Russia that is part of Europe
 
Evansville
a city in southwestern Indiana on the Ohio River
 
Everglade State
a state in southeastern United States between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War
 
Everglades National Park
a national park in Florida containing an immense subtropical wilderness with mangrove swamps and rare birds and wild animals
 
Evergreen State
a state in northwestern United States on the Pacific
 
exaltation
the location of a planet in the zodiac at which it is believed to exert its maximum influence
 
exchange
a workplace for buying and selling; open only to members
 
exhaust manifold
a manifold that receives exhaust gases from the cylinders and conducts them to the exhaust pipe
 
exhaust pipe
a pipe through which burned gases travel from the exhaust manifold to the muffler
 
exhibition area
a large hall for holding exhibitions
 
Exocet
a guided missile developed by the French government for use against ships
 
exosphere
the outermost atmospheric layer
 
expanse
a wide and open space or area as of surface or land or sky
 
express luxury liner
a liner equipped for sumptuous living
 
express
public transport consisting of a fast train or bus that makes only a few scheduled stops
 
expressway
a broad highway designed for high-speed traffic
 
extension ladder
a ladder whose length can be extended
 
exterior angle
the supplement of an interior angle of a polygon
 
exterior door
a doorway that allows entrance to or exit from a building
 
exterior
the outer side or surface of something
 
exterior
the region that is outside of something
 
extreme
the point located farthest from the middle of something
 
extremity
the outermost or farthest region or point
 
exurbia
a residential area outside of a city and beyond suburbia
 
eyeshot
the range of the eye
 
face angle
the angle formed by two edges of a polyhedral angle
 
face
a surface forming part of the outside of an object
 
factory ship
a whaling ship equipped to process whale products at sea
 
factory
a plant consisting of one or more buildings with facilities for manufacturing
 
Faeroe Islands
a self-governing colony that is a possession of Denmark in the Faroe Islands
 
fairground
an open area for holding fairs or exhibitions or circuses
 
fairway
a tract of ground free of obstacles to movement
 
fairway
the usual course taken by vessels through a harbor or coastal waters
 
fairway
the area between the tee and putting green where the grass is cut short
 
Faisalabad
city in northeast Pakistan
 
fallout shelter
a shelter to protect occupants from the fallout from an atomic bomb
 
false bottom
a horizontal structure that partitions a ship or box (especially one built close to the actual bottom)
 
family circle
rearmost or uppermost area in the balcony containing the least expensive seats
 
family room
a recreation room in a private house
 
fan vaulting
an elaborate system of vaulting in which the ribs diverge like fans
 
fanjet
an airplane propelled by a fanjet engine
 
fanlight
a semicircular window over a door or window; usually has sash bars like the ribs of a fan
 
fanlight
a window in a roof to admit daylight
 
fanlight
a window above a door that is usually hinged to a horizontal crosspiece over the door
 
fantail
an overhang consisting of the fan-shaped part of the deck extending aft of the sternpost of a ship
 
Far East
a popular expression for the countries of eastern Asia (usually including China and Mongolia and Taiwan and Japan and Korea and Indochina and eastern Siberia)
 
Fargo
largest city in North Dakota; located in eastern North Dakota on the Red river
 
farm
workplace consisting of farm buildings and cultivated land as a unit
 
farm building
a building on a farm
 
farmer's market
an open-air marketplace for farm products
 
farmhouse
house for a farmer and family
 
farming area
a rural area where farming is practiced
 
Farmington
a town in northwestern New Mexico
 
Farmington
a residential town in central Connecticut
 
farmplace
a farm together with its buildings
 
farmyard
an area adjacent to farm buildings
 
farthingale
a hoop worn beneath a skirt to extend it horizontally; worn by European women in the 16th and 17th centuries
 
fast lane
the traffic lane for vehicles that are moving rapidly
 
fastness
a strongly fortified defensive structure
 
fat farm
a health spa that specializes in helping people lose weight
 
fatigue crack
a crack in metal resulting from metal fatigue
 
faubourg
a New Orleans district lying outside the original city limits; used in combination with the names of various quarters of the city
 
fault line
(geology) line determined by the intersection of a geological fault and the earth's surface
 
Fayetteville
a university town in northwestern Arkansas in the Ozarks
 
Fayetteville
a town in south central North Carolina
 
Fayetteville
a town in central West Virginia on the New River
 
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Ethiopia is a republic in northeastern Africa on the Red Sea; formerly called Abyssinia
 
federal district
a district set apart as the seat of government of a federation
 
Federal Islamic Republic of the Comoros
a country on the Comoro Islands
 
Federal Republic of Germany
a republic in central Europe; split into East Germany and West Germany after World War II and reunited in 1990
 
Federal Republic of Germany
a republic in north central Europe on the North Sea; established in 1949 from the zones of Germany occupied by the British and French and Americans after the German defeat; reunified with East Germany in 1990
 
Federal Republic of Nigeria
a republic in West Africa on the Gulf of Guinea; gained independence from Britain in 1960; most populous African country
 
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
a mountainous republic in southeastern Europe bordering on the Adriatic Sea; formed from two of the six republics that made up Yugoslavia until 1992; Serbia and Montenegro were known as the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia until 2003 when they adopted the name of the Union of Serbia and Montenegro
 
Federated States of Micronesia
a country scattered over Micronesia with a constitutional government in free association with the United States; achieved independence in 1986
 
Federation of Malaysia
a constitutional monarchy in southeastern Asia on Borneo and the Malay Peninsula; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1957
 
Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis
a country on several of the Leeward Islands; located to the east southeast of Puerto Rico; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1983
 
Federative Republic of Brazil
the largest Latin American country and the largest Portuguese speaking country in the world; located in the central and northeastern part of South America; world's leading coffee exporter
 
feeder line
a branching path off of a main transportation line (especially an airline)
 
feedlot
a building where livestock are fattened for market
 
felucca
a fast narrow sailing ship of the Mediterranean
 
fence line
a boundary line created by a fence
 
fence
a barrier that serves to enclose an area
 
fender
a barrier that surrounds the wheels of a vehicle to block splashing water or mud
 
Fengtien
a city in northeastern China
 
Ferrara
a city in northern Italy
 
ferry
a boat that transports people or vehicles across a body of water and operates on a regular schedule
 
Fertile Crescent
a geographical area of fertile land in the Middle East stretching in a broad semicircle from the Nile to the Tigris and Euphrates
 
Fez
a city in north central Morocco; religious center
 
fiefdom
the domain controlled by a feudal lord
 
field
somewhere (away from a studio or office or library or laboratory) where practical work is done or data is collected
 
field
a piece of land cleared of trees and usually enclosed
 
field
a geographic region (land or sea) under which something valuable is found
 
field hospital
a temporary military hospital near the battle lines
 
field house
an athletic facility where athletes prepare for sport
 
field house
a building for indoor sports
 
field line
an imaginary line in a field of force; direction of the line at any point is the direction of the force at that point
 
field of fire
the area that a weapon or group of weapons can cover effectively with gun fire from a given position
 
field of honor
the scene of a duel
 
field tent
a canvas tent for use in the field
 
field
a region in which active military operations are in progress
 
fieldwork
a temporary fortification built by troops in the field
 
fife rail
the railing surrounding the mast of a sailing vessel
 
Fifth Avenue
an avenue in Manhattan that separates the east side of Manhattan from the west side
 
filling station
a service station that sells gasoline
 
financial center
the part of a city where financial institutions are centered
 
Finger Lakes
a geographical area in central New York State that is named for a series of narrow glacial lakes that lie parallel in a north-south direction
 
fingertip
the end (tip) of a finger
 
finish line
a line indicating the location of the finish of a race
 
finisher
a race car that finishes a race
 
fipple
a wooden plug forming a flue pipe (as the mouthpiece of a recorder)
 
fire
a fireplace in which a relatively small fire is burning
 
fire door
a fire-resistant door that can be closed to stop the spread of a fire
 
fire engine
any of various large trucks that carry firemen and equipment to the site of a fire
 
fire hose
a large hose that carries water from a fire hydrant to the site of the fire
 
fire hydrant
an upright hydrant for drawing water to use in fighting a fire
 
fire station
a station housing fire apparatus and firemen
 
fire tower
a watchtower where a lookout is posted to watch for fires
 
firebase
an artillery base to support advancing troops
 
fireboat
a boat equipped to fight fires on ships or along a waterfront
 
firebox
a furnace (as on a steam locomotive) in which fuel is burned
 
firebreak
a narrow field that has been cleared to check the spread of a prairie fire or forest fire
 
fireplace
an open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire can be built
 
fireroom
(nautical) chamber or compartment in which the furnaces of a ship are stoked or fired
 
fireside
home symbolized as a part of the fireplace
 
fireside
an area near a fireplace (usually paved and extending out into a room)
 
firetrap
a building that would be hard to escape from if it were to catch fire
 
firewall
a fireproof (or fire-resistant) wall designed to prevent the spread of fire through a building or a vehicle
 
firing chamber
chamber that is the part of a gun that receives the charge
 
firing line
the line from which soldiers deliver fire
 
firing range
a practice range for target practice
 
first balcony
first or lowest balcony
 
first class
the most expensive accommodations on a ship or train or plane
 
first floor
the floor of a building that is at or nearest to the level of the ground around the building
 
first-aid station
a station providing emergency care or treatment before regular medical aid can be obtained
 
fish bowl
a transparent bowl in which small fish are kept
 
fish farm
a workplace (usually a pond) where fish are raised for food
 
fish ladder
a series of ascending pools providing a passage for salmon to swim upstream past a dam
 
fishery
a workplace where fish are caught and processed and sold
 
fishing boat
a vessel for fishing; often has a well to keep the catch alive
 
fix-it shop
a shop specializing in repairs and maintenance
 
fixer-upper
a house or other dwelling in need of repair (usually offered for sale at a low price)
 
flag stop
a small railway station between the principal stations or a station where the train stops only on a signal
 
flagging
a walk of flagstones
 
flagship
the ship that carries the commander of a fleet and flies his flag
 
Flagstaff
a town in north central Arizona; site of an important observatory
 
Flaminian Way
an ancient Roman road in Italy built by Gaius Flaminius in 220 BC; extends north from Rome to cisalpine Gaul
 
Flanders
a medieval country in northern Europe that included regions now parts of northern France and Belgium and southwestern Netherlands
 
flange
a projection used for strength or for attaching to another object
 
flare path
an airstrip outline with lights to guide an airplane pilot in landing
 
flashboard
boarding place along the top of a dam to increase its height
 
flashpoint
a place of political unrest and potential violence
 
flat arch
an arch with mutually supporting voussoirs that has a straight horizontal extrados and intrados
 
flat
freight car without permanent sides or roof
 
flatlet
a tiny flat
 
flea market
an open-air street market for inexpensive or secondhand articles
 
fleabag
a run-down hotel
 
fleapit
an old shabby movie theater
 
fleet ballistic missile submarine
a submarine carrying ballistic missiles
 
Fleet Street
a street in central London where newspaper offices are situated
 
flies
(theater) the space over the stage (out of view of the audience) used to store scenery (drop curtains)
 
flight line
place where airplanes are parked and the maintenance hangars (but not the runways or taxiways)
 
flight path
the path of a rocket or projectile or aircraft through the air
 
flight
a stairway (set of steps) between one floor or landing and the next
 
Flint
a city in southeast central Michigan near Detroit; automobile manufacturing
 
floating dock
dry dock that can be submerged under a vessel and then raised
 
floatplane
a seaplane equipped with pontoons for landing or taking off from water
 
floor
the legislative hall where members debate and vote and conduct other business
 
floor
the bottom surface of any lake or other body of water
 
floor
the lower inside surface of any hollow structure
 
floor
a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale
 
floor
a large room in a exchange where the trading is done
 
Florence
a city in central Italy on the Arno; provincial capital of Tuscany; center of the Italian Renaissance from 14th to 16th centuries
 
Florence
a town in northeast South Carolina; transportation center
 
florist
a shop where flowers and ornamental plants are sold
 
flower garden
a garden featuring flowering plants
 
flue
a conduit to carry off smoke
 
flue
flat bladelike projection on the arm of an anchor
 
fluke
a barb on a harpoon or arrow
 
flume
watercourse that consists of an open artificial chute filled with water for power or for carrying logs
 
fly tent
a tent with a fly front
 
flying boat
a large seaplane that floats with its fuselage in the water rather than on pontoons
 
flyover
bridge formed by the upper level of a crossing of two highways at different levels
 
flyway
the geographic route along which birds customarily migrate
 
fo'c'sle
living quarters consisting of a superstructure in the bow of a merchant ship where the crew is housed
 
focal point
a point of convergence of light (or other radiation) or a point from which it diverges
 
focal point
a central point or locus of an infection in an organism
 
focus
a fixed reference point on the concave side of a conic section
 
fold
a pen for sheep
 
food court
an area (as in a shopping mall) where fast food is sold (usually around a common eating area)
 
food market
a marketplace where groceries are sold
 
foot
the lower part of anything
 
football field
the playing field on which football is played
 
football stadium
a stadium where football games are held
 
footbridge
a bridge designed for pedestrians
 
footpath
a trodden path
 
footstall
an architectural support or base (as for a column or statue)
 
foramen magnum
the large opening at the base of the cranium through which the spinal cord passes
 
foramen of Monro
the small opening (on both the right and left sides) that connects the third ventricle in the diencephalon with the lateral ventricle in the cerebral hemisphere
 
foramen
a natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure
 
Forbidden City
a walled section of Beijing that encloses the palace that was formerly the residence of the emperor of China
 
fore-and-after
sailing vessel with a fore-and-aft rig
 
forecourt
the outer or front court of a building or of a group of buildings
 
forefront
the part in the front or nearest the viewer
 
forepart
the side that is forward or prominent
 
forge
furnace consisting of a special hearth where metal is heated before shaping
 
forge
a workplace where metal is worked by heating and hammering
 
forklift
a small industrial vehicle with a power operated forked platform in front that can be inserted under loads to lift and move them
 
formal garden
a garden laid out on regular lines with plants arranged in symmetrical locations or in geometrical designs
 
Formica
any of various plastic laminates containing melamine
 
Fort George Gordon Meade
a United States Army base in Maryland; headquarters of the National Security Agency
 
Fort Lauderdale
a city in southeast Florida on the Atlantic coast to the north of Miami; a favorite place for college students to go on their spring vacations
 
Fort Myers
a town in southwest Florida
 
Fort Smith
a town in western Arkansas on the Arkansas River at the Oklahoma border
 
Fort Wayne
a city in northeastern Indiana
 
Fort Worth
a city in northeastern Texas (just to the west of Dallas); a major industrial center
 
fort
a fortified defensive structure
 
fort
a fortified military post where troops are stationed
 
fortification
defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it
 
forward market
a commodity exchange where futures contracts are traded
 
FOTS
a communication system using fiber optic cables
 
foundry
factory where metal castings are produced
 
fountain
a structure from which an artificially produced jet of water arises
 
fountainhead
the source of water from which a stream arises
 
four-wheeler
a hackney carriage with four wheels
 
fox hole
a small dugout with a pit for individual shelter against enemy fire
 
fraise
sloping or horizontal rampart of pointed stakes
 
frame
the framework for a pair of eyeglasses
 
frame
a structure supporting or containing something
 
frame
a framework that supports and protects a picture or a mirror
 
frame
the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape
 
Franche-Comte
a former province of eastern France
 
Frankfurt on the Main
a German city; an industrial and commercial and financial center
 
Frederick
a town in northern Maryland to the west of Baltimore
 
Fredericksburg
a town in northeastern Virginia on the Rappahannock River
 
Fredericton
the provincial capital of New Brunswick
 
free house
a public house that is not controlled by a brewery and so is free to sell different brands of beer and ale
 
free nerve ending
microscopic sensory nerve endings in the skin that are not connected to any specific sensory receptor
 
free port
a port open on equal terms to all commercial vessels
 
free port
an area adjoining a port where goods that are intended for reshipment can be received and stored without payment of duties
 
free state
any state prohibiting slavery prior to the American Civil War
 
free throw lane
a lane on a basketball court extending from the end line to 15 feet in front of the backboard; players may not enter this lane during a free throw
 
freight car
a railway car that carries freight
 
freight liner
a long-distance express freight train between industrial centers and seaports with facilities for rapid loading and unloading of goods
 
freight train
a railroad train consisting of freight cars
 
French door
a light door with transparent or glazed panels extending the full length
 
French heel
a fairly high narrow heel on women's shoes
 
French Indochina
the French colonies of the territory now occupied by Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam
 
French Polynesia
a French overseas possession in the South Pacific
 
French region
a geographical subdivision of France
 
French Republic
a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe
 
French Riviera
the French part of the Riviera
 
French West Indies
the islands in the Lesser Antilles that are administered by France
 
French window
a French door situated in an exterior wall of a building
 
Fresno
a city in south central California in the San Joaquin Valley; center of an important agricultural area and gateway to the Sierra Nevada Mountains
 
fretwork
framework consisting of an ornamental design made of strips of wood or metal
 
friary
a monastery of friars
 
Friesland
one of the northernmost provinces of the Netherlands
 
Friesland
the western part of the ancient region of Frisia in northern Europe on the North Sea between the Scheldt river and the Weser river; part of this region is now a province in the Netherlands
 
frigate
a United States warship larger than a destroyer and smaller than a cruiser
 
frigate
a medium size square-rigged warship of the 18th and 19th centuries
 
Frigid Zone
the part of the Earth's surface forming a cap over a pole; characterized by frigid climate
 
fringe
an ornamental border consisting of short lengths of hanging threads or tassels
 
fringe
a part of the city far removed from the center
 
Frisia
an ancient region of northwestern Europe including the Frisian Islands
 
Friuli-Venezia Giulia
a region in northeastern Italy
 
front
the part of something that is nearest to the normal viewer
 
front door
exterior door (at the entrance) at the front of a building
 
front porch
a porch for the front door
 
front room
a room in a private house or establishment where people can sit and talk and relax
 
front yard
the yard in front of a house; between the house and the street
 
front
the immediate proximity of someone or something
 
frontage road
a local road that runs parallel to an expressway and allows local traffic to gain access to property
 
frontier
a wilderness at the edge of a settled area of a country
 
frontier
an international boundary or the area (often fortified) immediately inside the boundary
 
fuel line
a pipe that carries gasoline from a tank to a gasoline engine
 
Fukuoka
a city in southern Japan on Kyushu
 
Funafuti
capital of Tuvalu
 
funeral chapel
a mortuary where those who knew the deceased can come to pay their last respects
 
funk hole
dugout as a place of safe retreat (when in a funk)
 
funnel
(nautical) smokestack consisting of a shaft for ventilation or the passage of smoke (especially the smokestack of a ship)
 
funny wagon
an ambulance used to transport patients to a mental hospital
 
furnace
an enclosed chamber in which heat is produced to heat buildings, destroy refuse, smelt or refine ores, etc.
 
furnace room
a room (usually in the basement of a building) that contains a furnace for heating the building
 
fuselage
the central body of an airplane that is designed to accommodate the crew and passengers (or cargo)
 
gable
the vertical triangular wall between the sloping ends of gable roof
 
Gabonese Republic
a republic on the west coast of Africa
 
Gadsden
an industrial town in north central Alabama
 
gaff
a sharp metal spike or spur that is fastened to the leg of a gamecock
 
Gafsa
a city in west central Tunisia
 
Gainesville
a university town in north central Florida
 
Galan
a mountain peak in the Andes in Argentina (21,654 feet high)
 
Galatia
an ancient country in central Asia Minor
 
Galicia
a region (and former kingdom) in northwestern Spain on the Atlantic and the Bay of Biscay
 
Galilee
an area of northern Israel; formerly the northern part of Palestine and the ancient kingdom of Israel; the scene of Jesus's ministry
 
galleon
a large square-rigged sailing ship with three or more masts; used by the Spanish for commerce and war from the 15th to 18th centuries
 
gallery
narrow recessed balcony area along an upper floor on the interior of a building; usually marked by a colonnade
 
gallery
a covered corridor (especially one extending along the wall of a building and supported with arches or columns)
 
gallery
a long usually narrow room used for some specific purpose
 
gallery
a porch along the outside of a building (sometimes partly enclosed)
 
galley
the kitchen area for food preparation on an airliner
 
galley
(classical antiquity) a crescent-shaped seagoing vessel propelled by oars
 
galley
a large medieval vessel with a single deck propelled by sails and oars with guns at stern and prow; a complement of 1,000 men; used mainly in the Mediterranean for war and trading
 
Gallia
an ancient region of western Europe that included what is now northern Italy and France and Belgium and part of Germany and the Netherlands
 
Galloway
a district in southwestern Scotland
 
Gallup
a town in northwestern New Mexico near the Arizona border
 
Galveston
a town in southeast Texas on Galveston Island
 
Galway
a port city in western Ireland on Galway Bay
 
gambling den
a public building in which a variety of games of chance can be played (operated as a business)
 
game room
a recreation room for noisy activities (parties or children's play etc)
 
gangboard
a temporary bridge for getting on and off a vessel at dockside
 
gangway
a temporary passageway of planks (as over mud on a building site)
 
Gansu province
a province in north-central China; formerly part of the Silk Road to Turkistan and India and Persia
 
gantry
a framework of steel bars raised on side supports to bridge over or around something; can display railway signals above several tracks or can support a traveling crane etc.
 
gap
an open or empty space in or between things
 
garage
an outbuilding (or part of a building) for housing automobiles
 
garage
a repair shop where cars and trucks are serviced and repaired
 
garbage heap
an accumulation of refuse and discarded matter
 
garden
a plot of ground where plants are cultivated
 
garden
a yard or lawn adjoining a house
 
garden hose
a hose used for watering a lawn or garden
 
Garden State
a Mid-Atlantic state on the Atlantic; one of the original 13 colonies
 
Garland
a city in northeastern Texas (suburb of Dallas)
 
garner
a storehouse for threshed grain or animal feed
 
Gary
a city in northwest Indiana on Lake Michigan; steel production
 
gas furnace
a furnace that burns gas
 
gas guzzler
a car with relatively low fuel efficiency
 
gas heat
heating system that burns natural gas
 
gas line
a pipeline used to transport natural gas
 
gas main
a main that distributes gas
 
gas oven
a cremation chamber fueled by gas
 
gas system
facility (plant and equipment) for providing natural-gas service
 
gas-turbine ship
a ship powered by a gas turbine
 
Gascogne
a region of southwestern France
 
gasfield
a region where there is natural gas underground
 
Gasherbrum
a mountain in northern Kashmir (26,470 feet high)
 
gasworks
the workplace where coal gas is manufactured
 
gate
a movable barrier in a fence or wall
 
gate
passageway (as in an air terminal) where passengers can embark or disembark
 
gatehouse
a house built at a gateway; usually the gatekeeper's residence
 
Gates of the Arctic National Park
a large national park in Alaska featuring the Great Mendenhall Glacier
 
gateway
an entrance that can be closed by a gate
 
Gateway to the West
the largest city in Missouri; a busy river port on the Mississippi River near its confluence with the Missouri River; was an important staging area for wagon trains westward in the 19th century
 
gathering place
a favorite haunt where people gather
 
Gaza Strip
a coastal region at the southeastern corner of the Mediterranean bordering Israel and Egypt
 
gazebo
a small roofed building affording shade and rest
 
Gdansk
a port city of northern Poland near the mouth of the Vistula River on a gulf of the Baltic Sea; a member of the Hanseatic League in the 14th century
 
Gem State
a state in the Rocky Mountains
 
Gemini the Twins
the third sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about May 21 to June 20
 
Geneve
a city in southwestern Switzerland at the western end of Lake Geneva; it is the headquarters of various international organizations
 
Genova
a seaport in northwestern Italy; provincial capital of Liguria
 
geographic area
a demarcated area of the Earth
 
geographic point
a point on the surface of the Earth
 
geographical zone
any of the regions of the surface of the Earth loosely divided according to latitude or longitude
 
geological horizon
a layer of rock with a particular composition (especially of fossils); for dating the stratum
 
George Town
the capital of the Cayman Islands
 
George Washington Bridge
a suspension bridge across the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey
 
Georgetown
port city and the capital and largest city of Guyana
 
Georgetown
a section of northwestern Washington, D.C.
 
Georgia
one of the British colonies that formed the United States
 
geosphere
the solid part of the earth consisting of the crust and outer mantle
 
geostationary orbit
a geosynchronous orbit that is fixed with respect to a position on the Earth
 
geosynchronous orbit
a circular orbit around the Earth having a period of 24 hours
 
germ pore
a pore in the outer wall of a spore or pollen grain through which the germ tube or pollen tube makes its exit on germination
 
German capital
capital of Germany located in eastern Germany
 
German Democratic Republic
a republic in north central Europe on the Baltic; established by the Soviet Union in 1954; reunified with West Germany in 1990
 
Gettysburg
a small town in southern Pennsylvania; site of a national cemetery
 
gharry
a horse-drawn carriage in India
 
ghat
stairway in India leading down to a landing on the water
 
Ghent
port city in northwestern Belgium and industrial center; famous for cloth industry
 
ghetto
a poor densely populated city district occupied by a minority ethnic group linked together by economic hardship and social restrictions
 
ghetto
formerly the restricted quarter of many European cities in which Jews were required to live
 
ghost town
a deserted settlement (especially in western United States)
 
GHQ
military headquarters from which a military commander controls and organizes the forces
 
Gibson Desert
a desert area in western Australia
 
gift shop
a shop that sells miscellaneous articles appropriate as gifts
 
gig
small two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage; with two seats and no hood
 
gig
tender that is a light ship's boat; often for personal use of captain
 
gig
long and light rowing boat; especially for racing
 
Gila Desert
a desert area in southern Arizona
 
Gilbert and Ellice Islands
a former British possession in Micronesia
 
gildhall
the meeting place of a medieval guild
 
gin mill
tavern consisting of a building with a bar and public rooms; often provides light meals
 
glacier mill
a chute through which supraglacial water enters a glacier, boring either to the bedrock or to the depth of common crevasse formation
 
Glasgow
largest city in Scotland; a port on the Clyde in west central Scotland; one of the great shipbuilding centers of the world
 
glasshouse
a building with glass walls and roof; for the cultivation and exhibition of plants under controlled conditions
 
glassworks
a workplace where glass is made
 
glebe house
a parsonage (especially one provided for the holder of a benefice)
 
Glen Canyon Dam
a large dam built in 1964 on the Colorado River in Arizona
 
glider
aircraft supported only by the dynamic action of air against its surfaces
 
glory hole
a small locker at the stern of a boat or between decks of a ship
 
Gloucester
a city in southwestern England in Gloucestershire on the Severn
 
Gloucester
a town in northeastern Massachusetts on Cape Ann to the northeast of Boston; the harbor has been a fishing center for centuries
 
Gloucestershire
a county in southwestern England in the lower Severn valley
 
glove compartment
compartment on the dashboard of a car
 
go-kart
a small low motor vehicle with four wheels and an open framework; used for racing
 
Goa
a state of southwestern India; a former Portuguese colony
 
goalmouth
(sports) the area immediately in front of the goal
 
Gobi Desert
a desert in central China
 
God's acre
the yard associated with a church
 
godown
(in India and Malaysia) a warehouse
 
Golan Heights
a fortified hilly area between southern Lebanon and southern Syria
 
Golconda
a source of great wealth (especially a mine)
 
gold coast
a rich neighborhood noted for expensive homes and luxurious living; usually along a coastal area
 
gold mine
a good source of something that is desired
 
Golden Gate Bridge
a suspension bridge across the Golden Gate
 
Golden State
a state in the western United States on the Pacific; the 3rd largest state; known for earthquakes
 
goldfield
a district where gold is mined
 
Goldsboro
a town that is a major tobacco center in eastern North Carolina
 
golf cart
a small motor vehicle in which golfers can ride between shots
 
golf course
course consisting of a large landscaped area for playing golf
 
golf links
a golf course that is built on sandy ground near a shore
 
Goma
a city in eastern Congo at the northern end of Lake Kivu near the border with Rwanda
 
Gomorrha
(Old Testament) an ancient city near the Dead Sea that (along with Sodom) was destroyed by God for the vice and depravity of its inhabitants
 
gondola
long narrow flat-bottomed boat propelled by sculling; traditionally used on canals of Venice
 
gondola
a low flat-bottomed freight car with fixed sides but no roof
 
Gosainthan
a mountain in the Himalayas in Tibet (26,290 feet high)
 
Gota Canal
a canal for small oceangoing ships to enter Lake Vanern in Sweden
 
Gothenburg
a port in southwestern Sweden; second largest city in Sweden
 
Gothic arch
a pointed arch; usually has a joint (instead of a keystone) at the apex
 
Governador Valadares
a city in eastern Brazil to the northeast of Belo Horizonte
 
government building
a building that houses a branch of government
 
government office
an office where government employees work
 
grade crossing
intersection of a railway and a road on the same level; barriers close road when trains pass
 
grade separation
a crossing that uses an underpass or overpass
 
Graf Zeppelin
a large rigid dirigible designed to carry passengers or bombs
 
grain field
a field where grain is grown
 
Granada
a city in southeastern Spain that was the capital of the Moorish kingdom until it was captured by Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492; site of the Alhambra (a palace and fortress built by Moors in the Middle Ages) which is now a major tourist attraction
 
Grand Canal
the major waterway in Venice, Italy
 
Grand Canal
an inland waterway 1000 miles long in eastern China; extends from Tianjin in the north to Hangzhou in the south
 
Grand Canyon National Park
a national park in Arizona including the mile deep canyon of the Colorado River which shows geologic features and fossil plants and animals
 
Grand Canyon State
a state in southwestern United States; site of the Grand Canyon
 
grand duchy
the domain controlled by a grand duke or grand duchess
 
Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
a grand duchy (a constitutional monarchy) landlocked in northwestern Europe between France and Belgium and Germany; an international financial center
 
Grand Island
a town in south central Nebraska
 
Grand Rapids
a city in west central Michigan; noted for manufacturing furniture
 
Grand Teton
a mountain peak in northwestern Wyoming; the highest peak in the Teton Range (13,766 feet high)
 
Grand Teton National Park
a national park in Wyoming featuring mountains
 
grange
an outlying farm
 
Granite State
a state in New England; one of the original 13 colonies
 
grape arbor
an arbor where grapes are grown
 
grassland
land where grass or grasslike vegetation grows and is the dominant form of plant life
 
grate
a frame of iron bars to hold a fire
 
grate
a barrier that has parallel or crossed bars blocking a passage but admitting air
 
grave
a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone)
 
gravestone
a stone that is used to mark a grave
 
Graz
an industrial city is southeastern Austria
 
grazing land
a field covered with grass or herbage and suitable for grazing by livestock
 
greasy spoon
a small restaurant specializing in short-order fried foods
 
Great Arabian Desert
a desert on the Arabian Peninsula in southwestern Asia
 
Great Australian Desert
general name given to all desert areas in Australia
 
great circle
a circular line on the surface of a sphere formed by intersecting it with a plane passing through the center
 
Great Divide
that part of the continental divide formed by the Rocky Mountains in the United States
 
Great Falls
a town in central Montana on the Missouri river; a center of extensive hydroelectric power
 
great hall
the principal hall in a castle or mansion; can be used for dining or entertainment
 
Great Indian Desert
a desert to the east of the Indus River in northwestern India and southeastern Pakistan
 
Great Lakes State
a midwestern state in north central United States in the Great Lakes region
 
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
 
Great Salt Desert
a salt desert in north central Iran
 
Great Sandy Desert
a desert region in northwestern Australia to the north of the Gibson Desert
 
Great Sandy Desert
a desert in southern Saudi Arabia
 
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
a national park in Tennessee and North Carolina that includes the highest mountain in the eastern United States
 
Great Victoria Desert
a desert region in south central Australia to the north of the Nullarbor Plain
 
Great Wall of China
a fortification 1,500 miles long built across northern China in the 3rd century BC; it averages 6 meters in width
 
Great White Way
a street in Manhattan that passes through Times Square; famous for its theaters
 
Greater New Orleans Bridge
twin cantilever bridges across the Mississippi at New Orleans
 
Greater New York
the largest city in New York State and in the United States; located in southeastern New York at the mouth of the Hudson river; a major financial and cultural center
 
Greece
ancient Greece; a country of city-states (especially Athens and Sparta) that reached its peak in the fifth century BCE
 
Green Bay
a city of eastern Wisconsin on an arm of Lake Michigan
 
Green Line
the border marking the boundaries of the land that Israel won in its 1948 war of independence
 
Green Mountain State
a state in New England
 
green
an area of closely cropped grass surrounding the hole on a golf course
 
greenbelt
a belt of parks or rural land surrounding a town or city
 
greengrocery
a greengrocer's grocery store
 
greenroom
a backstage room in a theater where performers rest or have visitors
 
Greensboro
a city of north central North Carolina
 
Greenville
a city in eastern North Carolina; tobacco market
 
Greenville
a town in northwest South Carolina in the Piedmont
 
Greenville
a town in western Mississippi on the Mississippi River to the north of Vicksburg
 
Greenwich
a borough of Greater London on the Thames; zero degrees of longitude runs through Greenwich; time is measured relative to Greenwich Mean Time
 
Greenwich Meridian
the meridian passing through Greenwich; was internationally adopted as the earth's zero of longitude in 1884
 
Greenwich Village
a mainly residential district of Manhattan; `the Village' became a home for many writers and artists in the 20th century
 
Grenada
an island state in the West Indies in the southeastern Caribbean Sea; an independent state within the British Commonwealth
 
Grenoble
a city in southeastern France on the Isere River
 
grid
a system of high tension cables by which electrical power is distributed throughout a region
 
grill
a framework of metal bars used as a partition or a grate
 
grill
a restaurant where food is cooked on a grill
 
grille
grating that admits cooling air to car's radiator
 
ground
a position to be won or defended in battle (or as if in battle)
 
ground zero
the point of detonation (or above or below) of a nuclear weapon
 
ground zero
the site of the World Trade Center before it was destroyed
 
ground zero
the target of a projectile (as a bomb or missile)
 
ground-effect machine
a craft capable of moving over water or land on a cushion of air created by jet engines
 
grounds
a tract of land cleared for some special purposes (recreation or burial etc.)
 
grove
garden consisting of a small cultivated wood without undergrowth
 
Groznyy
the capital of Chechnya in southwestern Russia; center of extensive oil fields
 
Guadalajara
a city in southwestern Mexico; a popular health resort and site of architecture from the Spanish colonial era
 
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
a national park in Texas that has the highest point in Texas; includes desert wilderness and the ancient Apache hunting grounds
 
Guangdong province
a province in southern China
 
Guangzhou
a city on the Zhu Jiang delta in southern China; the capital of Guangdong province and a major deep-water port
 
Guantanamo
a city in southeastern Cuba; site of a United States naval base
 
guard boat
a boat that is on guard duty (as in a harbor) around a fleet of warships
 
guard ship
a warship (at anchor or under way) required to maintain a higher degree of readiness than others in its squadron
 
guard's van
the car on a train that is occupied by the guard
 
guardhouse
a military facility that serves as the headquarters for military police and in which military prisoners can be detained
 
guardrail
a railing placed alongside a stairway or road for safety
 
guardroom
a room used by soldiers on guard
 
guardroom
a cell in which soldiers who are prisoners are confined
 
Guayaquil
the largest city of Ecuador
 
guesthouse
a house separate from the main house; for housing guests
 
guestroom
a bedroom that is kept for the use of guests
 
Guiana
a geographical region of northeastern South America including Guyana and Surinam
 
guide
a structure or marking that serves to direct the motion or positioning of something
 
guided missile
a rocket-propelled missile whose path can be controlled during flight either by radio signals or by internal homing devices
 
guided missile cruiser
a cruiser that carries guided missiles
 
guided missile frigate
a frigate that carries guided missiles
 
guildhall
the hall of a guild or corporation
 
Gujerat
an industrialized state in western India that includes parts of Bombay
 
gulag
a Russian prison camp for political prisoners
 
gulf
a deep wide chasm
 
Gulf States
a region of the United States comprising states bordering the Gulf of Mexico; Alabama and Florida and Louisiana and Mississippi and Texas
 
Gulf States
the countries in southwestern Asia that border the Persian Gulf
 
Gulu
a city in northern Uganda
 
gun carriage
a framework on which a gun is mounted for firing
 
gun emplacement
an emplacement for a gun
 
gun enclosure
a self-contained weapons platform housing guns and capable of rotation
 
gun room
military quarters of midshipmen and junior officers on a British warship
 
gunboat
a small shallow-draft boat carrying mounted guns; used by costal patrols
 
gurney
a metal stretcher with wheels
 
gutter
a channel along the eaves or on the roof; collects and carries away rainwater
 
gym
athletic facility equipped for sports or physical training
 
gypsy cab
a taxicab that cruises for customers although it is licensed only to respond to calls
 
H.M.S. Bounty
a ship of the British navy; in 1789 part of the crew mutinied against their commander William Bligh and set him afloat in an open boat
 
HA
(astronomy) the angular distance of a celestial point measured westward along the celestial equator from the zenith crossing; the right ascension for an observer at a particular location and time of day
 
habitat
the type of environment in which an organism or group normally lives or occurs
 
habitation
the native habitat or home of an animal or plant
 
hacienda
the main house on a ranch or large estate
 
hackney
a carriage for hire
 
Hadrian's Wall
an ancient Roman wall built by Hadrian in the 2nd century; marked the northern boundary of the Roman Empire in Britain
 
Hagerstown
a town in northern Maryland
 
Hagia Sophia
a 6th century masterpiece of Byzantine architecture in Istanbul; built as a Christian church, converted to a mosque in 1453, and made into a museum in the middle of the 20th century
 
Haifa
a major port in northwestern Israel
 
Haiphong
a port city in northern Vietnam; industrial center
 
hairline
the natural margin formed by hair on the head
 
Haitian capital
the capital and largest city of Haiti
 
Haleakala National Park
a national park in Hawaii including a dormant volcano
 
half sole
shoe sole extending from the shank to the toe
 
half track
a motor vehicle propelled by half tracks; frequently used by the military
 
half-mast
a position some distance below the top of a mast to which a flag is lowered in mourning or to signal distress
 
Halicarnassus
an ancient Greek city on the southwestern coast of Asia Minor in what is now Turkey; site of the mausoleum at Halicarnassus
 
Halifax
provincial capital and largest city of Nova Scotia
 
hall
a large building for meetings or entertainment
 
hall
a large room for gatherings or entertainment
 
hall
a large building used by a college or university for teaching or research
 
Hall of Fame
a building containing trophies honoring famous people
 
hall of residence
a university dormitory
 
hall
an interior passage or corridor onto which rooms open
 
hall
the large room of a manor or castle
 
hall
a large and imposing house
 
Halle-an-der-Saale
a city in the Saxony region of Germany on the Saale River; a member of the Hanseatic League during the 13th and 14th centuries
 
Hamburg
a port city in northern Germany on the Elbe River that was founded by Charlemagne in the 9th century and is today the largest port in Germany; in 1241 it formed an alliance with Lubeck that became the basis for the Hanseatic League
 
Hamelin
a town in northern Germany (near Hanover) that is famous as the setting for the legend of the Pied Piper
 
Hamilton
a port city in southeastern Ontario at the western end of Lake Ontario
 
Hamilton
the capital of Bermuda
 
hamlet
a settlement smaller than a town
 
Hampshire
a county of southern England on the English Channel
 
hand
a position given by its location to the side of an object
 
hand truck
a handcart that has a frame with two low wheels and a ledge at the bottom and handles at the top; used to move crates or other heavy objects
 
handball court
the court on which handball is played
 
handbarrow
a rectangular frame with handles at both ends; carried by two people
 
handcar
a small railroad car propelled by hand or by a small motor
 
Handies Peak
a mountain peak in the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado (14,048 feet high)
 
hang glider
a glider resembling a large kite; the rider hangs from it while descending from a height
 
hangar queen
an airplane with a bad maintenance record
 
Hanging Gardens of Babylon
a terraced garden at Babylon watered by pumps from the Euphrates; construction attributed to Nebuchadnezzar around 600 BC
 
hangout
a frequently visited place
 
Hangzhou
a city of eastern China on Hangzhou Bay; regarded by Marco Polo as the finest city in the world
 
hank
a coil of rope or wool or yarn
 
Hannibal
a town in northeast Missouri on the Mississippi River; boyhood home of Mark Twain
 
Hannover
a port city in northwestern Germany; formerly a member of the Hanseatic League
 
hansom
a two-wheeled horse-drawn covered carriage with the driver's seat above and behind the passengers
 
harbor
a place of refuge and comfort and security
 
harbor
a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo
 
harborage
(nautical) a place of refuge (as for a ship)
 
hard palate
the bony part of the roof of the mouth
 
hard shoulder
a paved strip beside a motorway (for stopping in emergencies)
 
hardtop
a car that resembles a convertible but has a fixed rigid top
 
hardware store
a store selling hardware
 
hareem
living quarters reserved for wives and concubines and female relatives in a Muslim household
 
Hargeisa
a city in northwestern Somalia
 
Harlem
a district of Manhattan; now largely a Black ghetto
 
Harley Street
a street in central London where the consulting rooms of many physicians and surgeons are located
 
Harper's Ferry
a small town in northeastern West Virginia that was the site of a raid in 1859 by the abolitionist John Brown and his followers who captured an arsenal that was located there
 
Harvard University
a university in Massachusetts
 
hash house
an inexpensive restaurant
 
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
an Arab kingdom in southwestern Asia on the Red Sea
 
Hastings
a town in East Sussex just to the south of the place where the battle of Hastings took place
 
hat shop
shop selling women's hats
 
hatch
a movable barrier covering a hatchway
 
hatch
a sloping rear car door that is lifted to open
 
hatchback
a car having a hatchback door
 
hatchery
a place where eggs are hatched under artificial conditions (especially fish eggs)
 
hatchway
an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship
 
Hattiesburg
a town in southeast Mississippi
 
Haute-Normandie
a division of Normandy
 
haven
a shelter serving as a place of safety or sanctuary
 
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
a national park in Hawaii featuring active volcanoes
 
Hawkeye State
a state in midwestern United States
 
hayfield
a field where grass or alfalfa are grown to be made into hay
 
hayloft
a loft in a barn where hay is stored
 
hayrack
a rack that holds hay for feeding livestock
 
hayrack
a frame attached to a wagon to increase the amount of hay it can carry
 
Hays
a town in central Kansas
 
hazard
an obstacle on a golf course
 
head
a projection out from one end
 
head
(nautical) a toilet on board a boat or ship
 
head
the top of something
 
head gate
a gate upstream from a lock or canal that is used to control the flow of water at the upper end
 
head shop
a shop specializing in articles of interest to drug users
 
headrace
a waterway that feeds water to a mill or water wheel or turbine
 
headwater
the source of a river
 
health club
a place of business with equipment and facilities for exercising and improving physical fitness
 
health facility
building where medicine is practiced
 
hearse
a vehicle for carrying a coffin to a church or a cemetery; formerly drawn by horses but now usually a motor vehicle
 
heartland
the central region of a country or continent; especially a region that is important to a country or to a culture
 
heat
utility to warm a building
 
heat-seeking missile
a missile with a guidance system that directs it toward targets emitting infrared radiation (as the emissions of a jet engine)
 
heath
a tract of level wasteland; uncultivated land with sandy soil and scrubby vegetation
 
heavier-than-air craft
a non-buoyant aircraft that requires a source of power to hold it aloft and to propel it
 
Hebei province
a populous province in northeastern China
 
hedge
a fence formed by a row of closely planted shrubs or bushes
 
Hedjaz
a coastal region of the western Arabian Peninsula bordering on the Red Sea; includes both Mecca and Medina; formerly an independent kingdom until it united with Nejd to form the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
 
heel
one of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread
 
heel
the bottom of a shoe or boot; the back part of a shoe or boot that touches the ground and provides elevation
 
heel
the lower end of a ship's mast
 
heights
a high place
 
heliopause
the boundary marking the edge of the sun's influence; the boundary (roughly 100 AU from the sun) between the interplanetary medium and the interstellar medium; where the solar wind from the sun and the radiation from other stars meet
 
heliosphere
the region inside the heliopause containing the sun and solar system
 
heliport
an airport for helicopters
 
helix angle
the constant angle at which a helix cuts the elements of a cylinder or cone
 
Hell's Half Acre
a district in Manhattan formerly noted for its slums and vice
 
hell
any place of pain and turmoil
 
Hellenic Republic
a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil
 
Helvetia
the Latin name for Switzerland
 
hem
the edge of a piece of cloth; especially the finished edge that has been doubled under and stitched down
 
hemisphere
half of the terrestrial globe
 
hemline
the line formed by the lower edge of a skirt or coat
 
Herat
a city in northwestern Afghanistan on the site of several ancient cities
 
herb garden
a garden for growing herbs
 
Herculaneum
ancient city; now destroyed
 
here
the present location; this place
 
hermitage
the abode of a hermit
 
Hermosillo
a city in northwestern Mexico near the Gulf of California
 
Heroica Puebla de Zaragoza
a city in south central Mexico (southeast of Mexico City) on the edge of central Mexican plateau
 
heronry
a breeding ground for herons; a heron rookery
 
Hershey
an industrial town to the east of Harrisburg
 
Hertfordshire
a county in southern England
 
Hibbing
a town in northeastern Minnesota in the Mesabi Range
 
hideaway
an area where you can be alone
 
hiding place
a place suitable for hiding something (such as yourself)
 
high altar
the main altar in a church
 
high country
an area lying above the piedmont but below the timberline
 
high street
street that serves as a principal thoroughfare for traffic in a town
 
high-rise
tower consisting of a multistoried building of offices or apartments
 
high-water mark
a line marking the highest level reached
 
highroad
a highway
 
highway system
a transportation system consisting of roads for motor transport
 
highway
a major road for any form of motor transport
 
hill
structure consisting of an artificial heap or bank usually of earth or stones
 
Hilo
a town in Hawaii on the island of Hawaii
 
hilum
the scar on certain seeds marking its point of attachment to the funicle
 
Hindustan
northern region of India where Hinduism predominates
 
hip
(architecture) the exterior angle formed by the junction of a sloping side and a sloping end of a roof
 
hipline
the line formed by the lower edge of hip-length garment
 
hipline
the line formed by measuring the hip at its greatest part
 
Hippo Regius
an ancient Numidian town in northwestern Africa adjoining present-day Annaba in northeastern Algeria
 
hippodrome
a stadium for horse shows or horse races
 
Hiroshima
a port city on the southwestern coast of Honshu in Japan; on August 6, 1945 Hiroshima was almost completely destroyed by the first atomic bomb dropped on a populated area
 
Ho Chi Minh City
a city in South Vietnam; formerly (as Saigon) it was the capital of French Indochina
 
Hobart
a port and state capital of Tasmania
 
hogan
a Navajo lodge covered with earth; traditionally built with the entrance facing east
 
Hohenlinden
a town in Bavaria (near Munich)
 
Hohhot
a northern industrial city of China to the northwest of Beijing
 
hold
a stronghold
 
hold
a cell in a jail or prison
 
holding cell
a jail in a courthouse where accused persons can be confined during a trial
 
holding paddock
a pen where livestock is temporarily confined
 
holding pattern
the flight path (usually circular) maintained by an aircraft that is awaiting permission to land
 
hole
an unoccupied space
 
hole
an opening into or through something
 
hole-in-the-wall
a small unpretentious out-of-the-way place
 
holiday resort
a hotel located in a resort area
 
hollow
a cavity or space in something
 
Hollywood
a district of Los Angeles long associated with the American film industry
 
holy of holies
(Judaism) sanctuary comprised of the innermost chamber of the Tabernacle in the temple of Solomon where the Ark of the Covenant was kept
 
Holy Sepulchre
the sepulcher in which Christ's body lay between burial and resurrection
 
holy
a sacred place of pilgrimage
 
home
place where something began and flourished
 
home
the country or state or city where you live
 
home away from home
a place where you are just as comfortable and content as if you were home
 
Home Counties
the English counties surrounding London into which Greater London has expanded
 
home court
(basketball) the court where the host team plays its home games
 
home port
the port from which a ship originates of where it is registered
 
home range
the area in which an animal normally ranges
 
home room
a classroom in which all students in a particular grade (or in a division of a grade) meet at certain times under the supervision of a teacher who takes attendance and does other administrative business
 
home theater
television and video equipment designed to reproduce in the home the experience of being in a movie theater
 
home
an institution where people are cared for
 
home
where you live at a particular time
 
home-farm
a farm that supplies the needs of a large estate of establishment
 
homestead
dwelling that is usually a farmhouse and adjoining land
 
hometown
the town (or city) where you grew up or where you have your principal residence
 
Homyel
industrial city of Belarus to the southeast of Minsk
 
Honduran capital
the capital and largest city of Honduras
 
honeycomb
a framework of hexagonal cells resembling the honeycomb built by bees
 
honeycomb
a structure of small hexagonal cells constructed from beeswax by bees and used to store honey and larvae
 
honeymoon resort
a resort that caters to newlyweds
 
Hong Kong
formerly a Crown Colony on the coast of southern China in Guangdong province; leased by China to Britain in 1842 and returned in 1997; one of the world's leading commercial centers
 
Honiara
national capital of Solomon Islands
 
hoop
a light curved skeleton to spread out a skirt
 
hoosegow
slang for a jail
 
Hoosier State
a state in midwestern United States
 
Hoover Dam
a large dam built in 1933 on the Colorado River in Nevada
 
hop field
a garden where hops are grown
 
horizon
a specific layer or stratum of soil or subsoil in a vertical cross section of land
 
horse barn
a farm building for housing horses or other livestock
 
horse cart
heavy cart; drawn by a horse; used for farm work
 
horse latitude
either of two belts or regions near 30 degrees north or 30 degrees south; characterized by calms and light-baffling winds
 
horse-drawn vehicle
a wheeled vehicle drawn by one or more horses
 
horse-trail
a trail for horses
 
horsebox
a conveyance (railroad car or trailer) for transporting racehorses
 
horsecar
an early form of streetcar that was drawn by horses
 
horseless carriage
an early term for an automobile
 
horst
a ridge of the earth's crust that has been forced upward between two faults and so is higher than the surrounding land
 
hose
a flexible pipe for conveying a liquid or gas
 
hospice
a lodging for travelers (especially one kept by a monastic order)
 
hospital room
a room in a hospital for the care of patients
 
hospital ship
a ship built to serve as a hospital; used for wounded in wartime
 
hospital train
a military train built to transport wounded troops to a hospital
 
hospital ward
block forming a division of a hospital (or a suite of rooms) shared by patients who need a similar kind of care
 
hospital
a health facility where patients receive treatment
 
hostel
inexpensive supervised lodging (especially for youths on bicycling trips)
 
hot rod
a car modified to increase its speed and acceleration
 
hot spot
a lively entertainment spot
 
hot spot
a point of relatively intense heat or radiation
 
Hot Springs
a town in west central Arkansas; a health resort noted for thermal springs
 
Hot Springs National Park
a national park in Arkansas featuring ancient hot springs; bathing is said to have therapeutic effects
 
hot-air balloon
balloon for travel through the air in a basket suspended below a large bag of heated air
 
hotbed
a bed of earth covered with glass and heated by rotting manure to promote the growth of plants
 
hotel
a building where travelers can pay for lodging and meals and other services
 
hotel room
a bedroom (usually with bath) in a hotel
 
Houghton
a town in northwest Michigan on the Upper Peninsula
 
hour circle
a great circle on the celestial sphere that passes through both celestial poles
 
house
a dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families
 
house
a building in which something is sheltered or located
 
house of correction
(formerly) a jail or other place of detention for persons convicted of minor offences
 
house of God
any building where congregations gather for prayer
 
House of Islam
areas where Muslims are in the majority
 
House of War
areas where Muslims are in the minority and are persecuted
 
house trailer
a wheeled vehicle that can be pulled by a car or truck and is equipped for occupancy
 
house
(astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
 
house
a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented
 
houseboat
a barge that is designed and equipped for use as a dwelling
 
houseroom
space for accommodation in a house
 
Houses of Parliament
the building in which the House of Commons and the House of Lords meet
 
housing development
a residential area of similar dwellings built by property developers and usually under a single management
 
housing estate
a residential area where the houses were all planned and built at the same time
 
housing project
a housing development that is publicly funded and administered for low-income families
 
housing
structures collectively in which people are housed
 
Houston
the largest city in Texas; located in southeastern Texas near the Gulf of Mexico; site of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
 
hovel
small crude shelter used as a dwelling
 
HQ
the military installation from which a commander performs the functions of command
 
Huascaran
a mountain in the Andes in Peru (22,205 feet high)
 
hub
a center of activity or interest or commerce or transportation; a focal point around which events revolve
 
hub-and-spoke
a system of air transportation in which local airports offer air transportation to a central airport where long-distance flights are available
 
hulk
a ship that has been wrecked and abandoned
 
hull
the frame or body of ship
 
Hum-Vee
a high mobility, multipurpose, military vehicle with four-wheel drive
 
Humber Bridge
a suspension bridge at Hull, England; 4,626 feet long
 
Hunan province
a province in southeastern central China between the Nan Ling mountains and the Chang Jiang; noted for its timber and valuable mineral resources
 
hunting ground
an area in which game is hunted
 
hunting lodge
a small (rustic) house used as a temporary shelter
 
Huntington
a city of western West Virginia on the Ohio river at the mouth of the Kanawha
 
Huntsville
a city in northern Alabama; center for space research
 
hurdle
a light movable barrier that competitors must leap over in certain races
 
hutch
a cage (usually made of wood and wire mesh) for small animals
 
hutment
an encampment of huts (chiefly military)
 
hydathode
a pore that exudes water on the surface or margin of a leaf of higher plants
 
Hyderabad
a city in southern Pakistan on the Indus River
 
Hyderabad
a city in south central India in Andhra Pradesh
 
hydrant
a discharge pipe with a valve and spout at which water may be drawn from the mains of waterworks
 
hydrofoil
a speedboat that is equipped with winglike structures that lift it so that it skims the water at high speeds
 
hydroplane
an airplane that can land on or take off from water
 
hydrosphere
the watery layer of the earth's surface; includes water vapor
 
hyperbaric chamber
a large chamber in which the oxygen pressure is above normal for the atmosphere; used in treating breathing disorders or carbon monoxide poisoning
 
hypermarket
a huge supermarket (usually built on the outskirts of a town)
 
Ibadan
a large Yoruba city in southwestern Nigeria; site of a university
 
Iberia
an ancient geographical region to the south of the Caucasus Mountains that corresponded approximately to the present-day Georgia
 
ICBM
a ballistic missile that is capable of traveling from one continent to another
 
ice hockey rink
an ice rink for playing ice hockey
 
ice wagon
(formerly) a horse-drawn wagon that delivered ice door to door
 
ice yacht
a sailing vessel with runners and a cross-shaped frame; suitable for traveling over ice
 
ice
a rink with a floor of ice for ice hockey or ice skating
 
iceboat
a ship with a reinforced bow to break up ice and keep channels open for navigation
 
icehouse
a house for storing ice
 
Idaho Falls
a town in southeastern Idaho on the Snake River
 
Iditarod Trail
a trail that extends 1,100 miles from Anchorage over the Alaska Range to Nome
 
igloo
an Eskimo hut; usually built of blocks (of sod or snow) in the shape of a dome
 
Ile-de-France
a region of north central France including Paris and the area around it
 
Ilium
an ancient city in Asia Minor that was the site of the Trojan War
 
Illampu
a mountain peak in the Andes in Bolivia (20,870 feet high)
 
Illimani
a mountain peak in the Andes in Bolivia (21,201 feet high)
 
Illyria
an uncertain region on the east shore of the Adriatic where an ancient Indo-European people once lived
 
imaret
a hostel for pilgrims in Turkey
 
impediment
any structure that makes progress difficult
 
incinerator
a furnace for incinerating (especially to dispose of refuse)
 
inclination
(astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees
 
inclined fault
a geological fault in which one side is above the other
 
Independence
a city in western Missouri; the beginning of the Santa Fe Trail
 
Independence Hall
the building in Philadelphia where the Declaration of Independence was signed
 
Independent State of Papua New Guinea
a parliamentary democracy on the eastern half of the island of New Guinea; in 1975 it became an independent state within the Commonwealth of Nations
 
Independent State of Samoa
a constitutional monarchy on the western part of the islands of Samoa in the South Pacific
 
Indiaman
a large sailing ship that was engaged in the British trade with India
 
indian lodge
any of various Native American dwellings
 
Indian reservation
a reservation set aside for the use of Indians
 
Indian trail
a trail through the wilderness worn by Amerindians
 
Indonesian Borneo
the part of Indonesia on the southern side of the island of Borneo
 
industrial park
a tract of land at a distance from city center that is designed for a cluster of businesses and factories
 
industrial plant
buildings for carrying on industrial labor
 
industrial watercourse
a canal that is operated by one or more industries
 
inlet manifold
manifold that carries vaporized fuel from the carburetor to the inlet valves of the cylinders
 
inner city
the older and more populated and (usually) poorer central section of a city
 
Inner Mongolia
an autonomous region of northeastern China that was annexed by the Manchu rulers in 1635 and became an integral part of China in 1911
 
inner tube
an inflatable rubber tube that fits inside the casing of a pneumatic tire
 
innersole
the inner sole of a shoe or boot where the foot rests
 
Innsbruck
city in southwestern Austria; known as a summer and winter resort
 
inside track
the inner side of a curved racecourse
 
inside
the inner or enclosed surface of something
 
inside
the region that is inside of something
 
institution
an establishment consisting of a building or complex of buildings where an organization for the promotion of some cause is situated
 
intake manifold
a manifold consisting of a pipe to carry fuel to each cylinder in an internal-combustion engine
 
interceptor
a fast maneuverable fighter plane designed to intercept enemy aircraft
 
interchange
a junction of highways on different levels that permits traffic to move from one to another without crossing traffic streams
 
interface
(chemistry) a surface forming a common boundary between two things (two objects or liquids or chemical phases)
 
intergalactic space
the space between galaxies
 
interior angle
the angle inside two adjacent sides of a polygon
 
interior door
a door that closes off rooms within a building
 
Interlaken
a popular resort town in the Alps in west central Switzerland
 
International Date Line
an imaginary line on the surface of the earth following (approximately) the 180th meridian
 
interplanetary medium
interplanetary space including forms of energy and gas and dust
 
interplanetary space
the part of outer space within the solar system
 
interstate
one of the system of highways linking major cities in the 48 contiguous states of the United States
 
interstellar medium
interstellar space including streams of protons moving from the stars
 
interstellar space
the space between stars
 
Ionia
region of western Asia Minor colonized by ancient Greeks
 
ionosphere
the outer region of the Earth's atmosphere; contains a high concentration of free electrons
 
Iranian capital
the capital and largest city of Iran; located in northern Iran
 
Iraqi Kurdistan
the part of Kurdistan that is in northwestern Iraq
 
iron foundry
a foundry where cast iron is produced
 
iron horse
(c. 1840) an early term for a locomotive
 
ironclad
a wooden warship of the 19th century that is plated with iron or steel armor
 
ironworks
the workplace where iron is smelted or where iron goods are made
 
irredenta
a region that is related ethnically or historically to one country but is controlled politically by another
 
isarithm
a line drawn on a map connecting points having the same numerical value of some variable
 
Islamic Republic of Iran
a theocratic Islamic republic in the Middle East in western Asia; Iran was the core of the ancient empire that was known as Persia until 1935; rich in oil
 
Islamic Republic of Mauritania
a country in northwestern Africa with a provisional military government; achieved independence from France in 1960; largely western Sahara Desert
 
Islamic Republic of Pakistan
a Muslim republic that occupies the heartland of ancient south Asian civilization in the Indus River valley; formerly part of India; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
 
Islamic State of Afghanistan
a mountainous landlocked country in central Asia; bordered by Iran to the west and Russia to the north and Pakistan to the east and south
 
island
a zone or area resembling an island
 
Isle of Wight
an isle and county of southern England in the English Channel
 
Isle Royal National Park
a national park on an island in Michigan; includes prehistoric iron mines
 
isobar
(meteorology)an isogram connecting points having equal barometric pressure at a given time
 
isochrone
an isogram connecting points at which something occurs or arrives at the same time
 
isoclinal
an isogram connecting points of equal magnetic inclination
 
isogonal line
an imaginary line connecting points on the Earth's surface where the magnetic declination is the same
 
isohel
an isogram connecting points receiving equal amounts of sunshine
 
isotherm
(meteorology) an isogram connecting points having the same temperature at a given time
 
Israel
an ancient kingdom of the Hebrew tribes at the southeastern end of the Mediterranean Sea; founded by Saul around 1025 BC and destroyed by the Assyrians in 721 BC
 
Italian region
Italy is divided into 20 regions for administrative purposes
 
Italian Republic
a republic in southern Europe on the Italian Peninsula; was the core of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire between the 4th century BC and the 5th century AD
 
Ithaca
a college town in central New York on Lake Cayuga
 
itinerary
an established line of travel or access
 
Jackson
a town in western Wyoming
 
Jackson
a town in western Tennessee
 
Jackson
a town in south central Michigan
 
Jacksonville
Florida's largest city; a port and important commercial center in northeastern Florida
 
Jacob's ladder
(nautical) a hanging ladder of ropes or chains supporting wooden or metal rungs or steps
 
Jalalabad
a town in eastern Afghanistan (east of Kabul)
 
jalousie
a window with glass louvers
 
Jamaica
a country on the island of Jamaica; became independent of England in 1962; much poverty; the major industry is tourism
 
Jamestown
a former village on the James River in Virginia to the north of Norfolk; site of the first permanent English settlement in America in 1607
 
Jammu and Kashmir
an area in southwestern Asia whose sovereignty is disputed between Pakistan and India
 
jampan
a kind of sedan chair used in India
 
jaunting car
an open two-wheeled one-horse cart formerly widely used in Ireland
 
Jed'dah
port city in western Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea; near Mecca
 
jeep
a car suitable for traveling over rough terrain
 
Jerez de la Frontera
a city in southwestern Spain that is famous for making sherry
 
Jericho
a village in Palestine near the north end of the Dead Sea; in the Old Testament it was the first place taken by the Israelites under Joshua as they entered the Promised Land
 
Jersey City
a city in northeastern New Jersey (opposite Manhattan)
 
jet bridge
an extendible bridge for loading passengers onto large commercial airplanes; provides protected access to the plane from the gate
 
jet
an airplane powered by one or more jet engines
 
jetliner
a large jet plane that carries passengers
 
Jinja
a city in Uganda on the north shore of Lake Victoria
 
jinrikisha
a small two-wheeled cart for one passenger; pulled by one person
 
Joao Pessoa
a city in northeastern Brazil near the Atlantic Ocean to the north of Recife
 
job
a workplace; as in the expression `on the job'
 
jobcentre
a government office in a town where information about available jobs is displayed and where unemployment benefits are administered
 
Johannesburg
city in the northeastern part of South Africa near Pretoria; commercial center for diamond and gold industries
 
Johns Hopkins
a university in Baltimore
 
Johnson City
a town in northeastern Tennessee
 
Johore
sultanate and one of the 13 states that constitute the Federation of Malaysia
 
joint
a disreputable place of entertainment
 
jolly
a yawl used by a ship's sailors for general work
 
Jonesboro
a town in northeast Arkansas
 
jook
a small roadside establishment in the southeastern United States where you can eat and drink and dance to music provided by a jukebox
 
Joppa
a port in western Israel on the Mediterranean; incorporated into Tel Aviv in 1950
 
joss house
a Chinese temple or shrine for idol worship
 
Jubbulpore
an industrial city of central India to the southeast of Delhi
 
Judaea
the southern part of ancient Palestine succeeding the kingdom of Judah; a Roman province at the time of Christ
 
Judah
an ancient kingdom of southern Palestine with Jerusalem as its center
 
jumbo jet
a very large jet plane
 
jumping-off place
a place from which an enterprise or expedition is launched
 
junction
the place where two or more things come together
 
jungle
a location marked by an intense competition and struggle for survival
 
jungle gym
a structure of vertical and horizontal rods where children can climb and play
 
junk
any of various Chinese boats with a high poop and lugsails
 
junk shop
a shop that sells cheap secondhand goods
 
junkyard
a field where junk is collected and stored for resale
 
jurisdiction
in law; the territory within which power can be exercised
 
jury box
an enclosure within a courtroom for the jury
 
justiciary
the jurisdiction of a justiciar
 
juxtaposition
a side-by-side position
 
Kaaba
(Islam) a black stone building in Mecca that is shaped like a cube and that is the most sacred Muslim pilgrim shrine; believed to have been given by Gabriel to Abraham; Muslims turn in its direction when praying
 
Kalahari Desert
a desert in southwestern Africa - largely Botswana
 
Kalamazoo
a town in southwest Michigan
 
Kaluga
a city of central Russia to the south of Moscow
 
Kamet
a mountain in the Himalayas in northern India (25,450 feet high)
 
kamikaze
a fighter plane used for suicide missions by Japanese pilots in World War II
 
Kammon Strait Bridge
a suspension bridge between Kyushu and Honshu
 
Kanara
a historical region of southwestern India on the west coast
 
Kandy
a city of central Sri Lanka that was the last capital of the ancient kings of Ceylon; a resort and religious center
 
Kansas City
a city of northeast Kansas on the Missouri River adjacent to Kansas City, Missouri
 
Kansas City
a city in western Missouri situated at the confluence of the Kansas River and the Missouri River; adjacent to Kansas City, Kansas
 
Karachi
the largest city in Pakistan; located in southeastern Pakistan; an industrial center and seaport on the Arabian Sea; former capital of Pakistan
 
Karelia
a region in Finland and Russia between the Gulf of Finland and the White Sea
 
Karl-Marx-Stadt
a city in east central Germany; formerly called Karl-Marx-Stadt until 1990; noted for textile manufacturing
 
Karnataka
state in southern India; formerly Mysore
 
Katmai National Park
a national park in Alaska featuring mountains
 
Katowice
an industrial city of southern Poland
 
Katsina
a city in northern Nigeria; a major center of the Hausa people
 
Kaunas
a city in central Lithuania
 
kayak
a small canoe consisting of a light frame made watertight with animal skins; used by Eskimos
 
Kazan
an industrial city in the European part of Russia
 
Kedah
sultanate and one of the 13 states that constitute the Federation of Malaysia
 
keel arch
a pointed arch having an S-shape on both sides
 
keelboat
river boat with a shallow draught and a keel but no sails; used to carry freight; moved by rowing or punting or towing
 
Kelantan
sultanate and one of the 13 states that constitute the Federation of Malaysia
 
Kenai Fjords National Park
a national park in Alaska having mountains and whale watching and ancient Indian copper mines
 
Kennedy International Airport
a large airport on Long Island to the east of New York City
 
Kennelly-Heaviside layer
a region of the ionosphere (from 50 to 90 miles up) that reflects radio waves of medium length
 
Kennewick
a town in southern Washington on the Columbia River
 
Kent
a county in southeastern England on the English Channel; formerly an Anglo-Saxon kingdom, it was the first to be colonized by the Romans
 
Kerbala
a city of central Iraq to the south of Baghdad; a holy city for Shiite Muslims because it is the site of the tomb of Mohammed's grandson who was killed there in 680
 
ketch
a sailing vessel with two masts; the mizzen is forward of the rudderpost
 
Key West
a town on the westernmost of the Florida keys in the Gulf of Mexico
 
key
(basketball) a space (including the foul line) in front of the basket at each end of a basketball court; usually painted a different color from the rest of the court
 
Keystone State
a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies
 
Khabarovsk
an administrative territory in Russia on the eastern coast of Siberia
 
Khabarovsk
a city on the Amur River on the border of China and the capital of Khabarovsk
 
khanate
the realm of a khan
 
Kharkov
a city in northeastern Ukraine; former capital of the Ukraine
 
Khyber Pass
a mountain pass of great strategic and commercial value in the Hindu Kush on the border between northern Pakistan and western Afghanistan; a route by which invaders entered India
 
kill zone
an area where a battle has occurred with many fatalities
 
killing field
(usually plural) an area where many people have died (usually by massacre or genocide during war or violent civil disturbance)
 
kiln
a furnace for firing or burning or drying such things as porcelain or bricks
 
Kimberley
city in central South Africa; center for diamond mining and diamond marketing
 
kingdom
a country with a king as head of state
 
Kingdom of Belgium
a monarchy in northwestern Europe; headquarters for the European Union and for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
 
Kingdom of Bhutan
a landlocked principality in the Himalayas to the northeast of India
 
Kingdom of Cambodia
a nation in southeastern Asia; was part of Indochina under French rule until 1946
 
Kingdom of Denmark
a constitutional monarchy in northern Europe; consists of the mainland of Jutland and many islands between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea
 
Kingdom of Lesotho
a landlocked constitutional monarchy in southern Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1966
 
Kingdom of Morocco
a kingdom (constitutional monarchy) in northwestern Africa with a largely Muslim population; achieved independence from France in 1956
 
Kingdom of Nepal
a small landlocked Asian country high in the Himalayas between India and China
 
Kingdom of Norway
a constitutional monarchy in northern Europe on the western side of the Scandinavian Peninsula; achieved independence from Sweden in 1905
 
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
an absolute monarchy occupying most of the Arabian Peninsula in southwest Asia; vast oil reserves dominate the economy
 
Kingdom of Spain
a parliamentary monarchy in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula; a former colonial power
 
Kingdom of Swaziland
a landlocked monarchy in southeastern Africa; member of the commonwealth that achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1968
 
Kingdom of Sweden
a Scandinavian kingdom in the eastern part of the Scandinavian Peninsula
 
Kingdom of Thailand
a country of southeastern Asia that extends southward along the Isthmus of Kra to the Malay Peninsula
 
Kingdom of The Netherlands
a constitutional monarchy in western Europe on the North Sea; half the country lies below sea level
 
Kingdom of Tonga
a monarchy on a Polynesian archipelago in the South Pacific; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1970
 
kingdom
the domain ruled by a king or queen
 
Kings Canyon National Park
a national park in California that has giant sequoia trees and alpine lakes and glaciers
 
Kingston
a town in southeast Ontario on Lake Ontario near the head of the Saint Lawrence River
 
Kingston
a town on the Hudson River in New York
 
Kingston-upon Hull
a large fishing port in northeastern England
 
Kingstown
the capital of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; on Saint Vincent
 
kirk
a Scottish church
 
Kirkuk
a city in northeastern Iraq; the center of a rich oilfield with pipelines to the Mediterranean
 
Kisumu
a port city in western Kenya on the northeastern shore of Lake Victoria; fishing and trading center
 
Kitakyushu
a Japanese city on northern Kyushu
 
kitchen
a room equipped for preparing meals
 
kitchen garden
a small garden where vegetables are grown
 
kitchen island
an unattached counter in a kitchen that permits access from all sides
 
kitchenette
small kitchen
 
kite balloon
a barrage balloon with lobes at one end that keep it headed into the wind
 
Klaipeda
a city in western Lithuania on the Baltic Sea; formerly an important trading town of the Hanseatic League
 
Klamath Falls
a town in southern Oregon near the California border
 
Klondike
a region in northwestern Canada where gold was discovered in 1896 but exhausted by 1910
 
knobble
a small knob
 
knockabout
a sloop with a simplified rig and no bowsprit
 
knothole
a hole in a board where a knot came out
 
Knoxville
a city in eastern Tennessee on the Tennessee River
 
Kobe
a port city in Japan on Osaka Bay in southern Honshu; was damaged by an earthquake in 1995
 
Kobuk Valley National Park
a national park in Alaska having mountains and forests and tundra and sand dunes and archeological sites
 
Kolonia
capital of Micronesia
 
Kordofan
a mountainous province of central Sudan
 
Korinthos
the modern Greek port near the site of the ancient city that was second only to Athens
 
Kosovo
a Serbian province in southern Serbia and Montenegro populated predominantly by Albanians
 
kraal
a village of huts for native Africans in southern Africa; usually surrounded by a stockade
 
kraal
a pen for livestock in southern Africa
 
Krakau
an industrial city in southern Poland on the Vistula
 
kremlin
citadel of a Russian town
 
Kremlin
citadel of Moscow, housing the offices of the Russian government
 
Kuala Lumpur
the largest city and former capital of Malaysia until 2005
 
Kumasi
a city in southern Ghana
 
Kurdistan
an extensive geographical region in the Middle East to the south of the Caucasus
 
Kursk
a city of southwestern Russia
 
Kwangju
city in southwestern South Korea; an important military base during the Korean War
 
KwaZulu-Natal
a region of eastern South Africa on the Indian Ocean
 
Kyoto
a city in central Japan on southern Honshu; a famous cultural center that was once the capital of Japan
 
Kyrgyz Republic
a landlocked republic in west central Asia bordering on northwestern China; formerly an Asian soviet but became independent in 1991
 
Kyzyl Kum
a desert in Uzbekistan to the southeast of the Aral Sea
 
La Crosse
a town in western Wisconsin on the Mississippi River
 
La Spezia
a port city in Liguria on an arm of the Ligurian Sea; a major seaport and year-round resort
 
laager
a camp defended by a circular formation of wagons
 
lab
a workplace for the conduct of scientific research
 
labor camp
a penal institution for political prisoners who are used as forced labor
 
laboratory
a region resembling a laboratory inasmuch as it offers opportunities for observation and practice and experimentation
 
Labrador
the mainland part of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador in the eastern part of the large Labrador-Ungava Peninsula in northeastern Canada
 
Laconia
an ancient region of southern Greece in the southeastern Peloponnesus; dominated by Sparta
 
ladder
steps consisting of two parallel members connected by rungs; for climbing up or down
 
ladies' room
a woman's restroom in a public (or semipublic) building
 
lady chapel
a small chapel in a church; dedicated to the Virgin Mary
 
Lafayette
a town in south central Louisiana; settled by Acadians
 
Lafayette
a university town in west central Indiana on the Wabash River
 
Lagos
chief port and economic center of Nigeria; located in southwestern Nigeria on the Gulf of Guinea; former capital of Nigeria
 
Lahore
city in northeast Pakistan
 
Lake Clark National Park
a national park in Alaska having Eskimo and Athapaskan archeological sites
 
Lake District
a popular tourist area in northwestern England including England's largest lake and highest mountain
 
lake dwelling
dwelling built on piles in or near a lake; specifically in prehistoric villages
 
lamasery
a monastery for lamas
 
laminar flow clean room
a clean room free of all extraneous particles; used in fabricating microprocessors
 
laminate
a sheet of material made by bonding two or more sheets or layers
 
lamination
a layered structure
 
lanai
a veranda or roofed patio often furnished and used as a living room
 
Lancashire
a historical area of northwestern England on the Irish Sea; noted for textiles
 
Lancaster
a city in northwestern England
 
lancet window
a narrow window having a lancet arch and without tracery
 
lancet
an acutely pointed Gothic arch, like a lance
 
Lanchow
the capital city of the Chinese province of Gansu on the Yellow River
 
Land of Enchantment
a state in southwestern United States on the Mexican border
 
Land of Lincoln
a midwestern state in north-central United States
 
Land of Opportunity
a state in south central United States; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War
 
land office
a government office where business relating to public lands is transacted
 
land site
the piece of land on which something is located (or is to be located)
 
landau
a four-wheel covered carriage with a roof divided into two parts (front and back) that can be let down separately
 
lander
a space vehicle that is designed to land on the moon or another planet
 
Lander
a town in central Wyoming
 
landing craft
naval craft designed for putting ashore troops and equipment
 
landing gear
an undercarriage that supports the weight of the plane when it is on the ground
 
landing skid
one of two parts of the landing gear of a helicopter
 
landing
structure providing a place where boats can land people or goods
 
landmark
the position of a prominent or well-known object in a particular landscape
 
landscape
an expanse of scenery that can be seen in a single view
 
landscaping
a garden laid out for esthetic effect
 
lane
a narrow way or road
 
lane
a well-defined track or path; for e.g. swimmers or lines of traffic
 
Languedoc-Roussillon
a region in south central France; named after the medieval dialect of French that was spoken there
 
Lao People's Democratic Republic
a mountainous landlocked communist state in southeastern Asia; achieved independence from France in 1949
 
Laotian capital
the capital and largest city of Laos
 
Lappland
a region in northmost Europe inhabited by Lapps
 
Laramie
a university town in southeast Wyoming
 
Laredo
a city in southern Texas on the Rio Grande
 
Las Cruces
a town in southern New Mexico on the Rio Grande
 
Las Vegas
largest city in Nevada; located in southeastern Nevada; originally settled by Mormons but is now famous for entertainment and gambling and general excess
 
Lassen Volcanic National Park
a national park in California having mountains and volcanic lakes and hot springs
 
Last Frontier
a state in northwestern North America; the 49th state admitted to the union
 
Lateran
the site in Rome containing the church of Rome and the Lateran Palace
 
Lateran Palace
a palace that served as the residence of the popes until the 14th century
 
Latin America
the parts of North America and South America to the south of the United States where Romance languages are spoken
 
Latin Quarter
the region of Paris on the southern bank of the Seine; a center of artistic and student life
 
latitude
the angular distance between an imaginary line around a heavenly body parallel to its equator and the equator itself
 
latitude
an imaginary line around the Earth parallel to the equator
 
Latium
an ancient region of west central Italy (southeast of Rome) on the Tyrrhenian Sea
 
latrine
a public toilet in a military area
 
Laudo
a mountain peak in the Andes in Argentina (20,997 feet high)
 
launch
a motorboat with an open deck or a half deck
 
launching site
a place for launching pads
 
Laundromat
a self-service laundry (service mark Laundromat) where coin-operated washing machines are available to individual customers
 
laundry
workplace where clothes are washed and ironed
 
laundry cart
handcart for moving a load of laundry
 
laundry truck
van that picks up and delivers laundry
 
Lausanne
a city in western Switzerland; cultural and commercial center
 
lawn
a field of cultivated and mowed grass
 
Lawrence
a town in northeastern Kansas on the Kansas River; scene of raids by John Brown in 1856
 
Lawton
a town in southwest Oklahoma
 
layby
designated paved area beside a main road where cars can stop temporarily
 
layer
a relatively thin sheetlike expanse or region lying over or under another
 
layer
an abstract place usually conceived as having depth
 
lazar house
hospital for persons with infectious diseases (especially leprosy)
 
Le Havre
a port city in northern France on the English Channel at the mouth of the Seine
 
lead
(baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base
 
lead
the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile)
 
leak
an accidental hole that allows something (fluid or light etc.) to enter or escape
 
lean-to tent
tent that is attached to the side of a building
 
Leaning Tower of Pisa
a tall round marble campanile in Pisa that is not perpendicular; construction was begun in 1174
 
Lebanese Republic
an Asian republic at east end of Mediterranean
 
lebensraum
space sought for occupation by a nation whose population is expanding
 
lecture room
classroom where lectures are given
 
lee
the side of something that is sheltered from the wind
 
Leeds
a city on the River Aire in West Yorkshire in northern England; a center of the clothing industry
 
left
location near or direction toward the left side; i.e. the side to the north when a person or object faces east
 
left stage
the part of the stage on the actor's left as the actor faces the audience
 
left
the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's left
 
Leicester
an industrial city in Leicestershire in central England; built on the site of a Roman settlement
 
Leicestershire
a largely agricultural county in central England
 
Leipzig
a city in southeastern Germany famous for fairs; formerly a music and publishing center
 
LEM
a spacecraft that carries astronauts from the command module to the surface of the moon and back
 
lemon grove
a grove of lemon trees
 
Lentia
city in northern Austria on the Danube; noted as a cultural center
 
lenticel
one of many raised pores on the stems of woody plants that allow the interchange of gas between the atmosphere and the interior tissue
 
Leo the Lion
the fifth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about July 23 to August 22
 
Leon
a city in central Mexico
 
Leon
a historical area and former kingdom in northwestern Spain
 
Leon
a city in northwestern Spain at the foot of the Cantabrian Mountains
 
Leopoldville
the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the Congo river opposite Brazzaville
 
letter box
public box for deposit of mail
 
Levant
the former name for the geographical area of the eastern Mediterranean that is now occupied by Lebanon, Syria, and Israel
 
levee
an embankment that is built in order to prevent a river from overflowing
 
lever
a flat metal tumbler in a lever lock
 
Lewiston
a town in northwestern Idaho
 
Lewiston
a town in southwestern Maine to the north of Portland
 
Lexington
town in eastern Massachusetts near Boston where the first battle of the American Revolution was fought
 
Lexington
a city in eastern Kentucky; noted for raising thoroughbred horses
 
Leyden
a city in the western Netherlands; residence of the Pilgrim Fathers for 11 years before they sailed for America in 1620
 
Lhotse
a mountain in the central Himalayas on the border of Tibet and Nepal (27,890 feet high)
 
Liberty ship
a slow cargo ship built during World War II
 
Libra the Balance
the seventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about September 23 to October 22
 
library
a room where books are kept
 
library
a building that houses a collection of books and other materials
 
Libyan Desert
the northeastern part of the Sahara Desert in Libya and Egypt and Sudan
 
lichgate
a roofed gate to a churchyard, formerly used as a temporary shelter for the bier during funerals
 
lido
a recreational facility including a swimming pool for water sports
 
lie
position or manner in which something is situated
 
Liege
city in eastern Belgium; largest French-speaking city in Belgium
 
Liepaja
a city of southwestern Latvia on the Baltic Sea
 
life office
life assurance office
 
lifeboat
a strong sea boat designed to rescue people from a sinking ship
 
lift
a powered conveyance that carries skiers up a hill
 
light
an illuminated area
 
lighter-than-air craft
aircraft supported by its own buoyancy
 
lightship
a ship equipped like a lighthouse and anchored where a permanent lighthouse would be impracticable
 
Liguria
region of northwestern Italy on the Ligurian Sea
 
Lille
an industrial city in northern France near the Belgian border; was the medieval capital of Flanders
 
limb
(astronomy) the circumferential edge of the apparent disc of the sun or the moon or a planet
 
limber
a two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle used to pull a field gun or caisson
 
limbers
a channel or gutter on either side of a ship's keelson; carries bilge water into the pump well
 
Limeira
a city of southeastern Brazil (northwest of Sao Paulo)
 
limekiln
a kiln used to reduce naturally occurring forms of calcium carbonate to lime
 
Limerick
port city in southwestern Ireland
 
limit
as far as something can go
 
limo
large luxurious car; usually driven by a chauffeur
 
Limousin
a region of central France to the west of the Auvergne mountains
 
Lincoln Memorial
memorial building in Washington containing a large marble statue of Abraham Lincoln
 
Lincolnshire
an agricultural county of eastern England on the North Sea
 
line
a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
 
line
a fortified position (especially one marking the most forward position of troops)
 
line of battle
a line formed by troops or ships prepared to deliver or receive an attack
 
Line of Control
a 450-mile line that is supposed to indicate the boundary between the part of Kashmir controlled by India and the part controlled by Pakistan
 
line of defence
defensive structure consisting of a barrier that can be employed for defense against attack
 
line of fire
the path of a missile discharged from a firearm
 
line of flight
the path along which a freely moving object travels through the air
 
line of longitude
an imaginary great circle on the surface of the earth passing through the north and south poles at right angles to the equator
 
line of march
the route along which a column advances
 
line of sight
an imaginary straight line along which an observer looks
 
line
a pipe used to transport liquids or gases
 
line
the road consisting of railroad track and roadbed
 
lineation
the line that appears to bound an object
 
liner
a large commercial ship (especially one that carries passengers on a regular schedule)
 
liquor store
a store that sells alcoholic beverages for consumption elsewhere
 
litter
conveyance consisting of a chair or bed carried on two poles by bearers
 
Little Rhody
a state in New England; one of the original 13 colonies; the smallest state
 
little theater
a small theater for experimental drama or collegiate or community groups
 
Liverpool
a large city in northwestern England; its port is the country's major outlet for industrial exports
 
livery stable
stable where horses and vehicles are kept for hire
 
living quarters
housing available for people to live in
 
Livonia
a region on the Baltic that is divided between northern Estonia and southern Latvia
 
Ljubljana
the capital of Slovenia
 
Llullaillaco
a mountain in the Andes on the border between Argentina and Chile (22,057 feet high)
 
loading area
a stop where carriers can be loaded and unloaded
 
loan office
an office where loans are negotiated and repaid
 
loan office
a shop where loans are made with personal property as security
 
loaner
a car that is lent as a replacement for one that is under repair
 
lobe
a rounded projection that is part of a larger structure
 
Lobito
a seaport on the Atlantic coast of Angola
 
local
public transport consisting of a bus or train that stops at all stations or stops
 
local road
a street that is primarily used to gain access to the property bordering it
 
locale
the scene of any event or action (especially the place of a meeting)
 
locality
a surrounding or nearby region
 
location
a workplace away from a studio at which some or all of a movie may be made
 
lock
enclosure consisting of a section of canal that can be closed to control the water level; used to raise or lower vessels that pass through it
 
lock-gate
a gate that can be locked
 
locker room
a room (as at an athletic facility or workplace) where you can change clothes and which contains lockers for the temporary storage of your clothing and personal possessions
 
lockup
jail in a local police station
 
locus
the specific site of a particular gene on its chromosome
 
locus of infection
the specific site in the body where an infection originates
 
lodge
small house at the entrance to the grounds of a country mansion; usually occupied by a gatekeeper or gardener
 
lodging house
a house where rooms are rented
 
Lodz
a large city of central Poland
 
loft
floor consisting of a large unpartitioned space over a factory or warehouse or other commercial space
 
loft
a raised shelter in which pigeons are kept
 
log cabin
a cabin built with logs
 
loge
balcony consisting of the forward section of a theater mezzanine
 
loggia
a roofed arcade or gallery with open sides stretching along the front or side of a building; often at an upper level
 
Logrono
a city in northern Spain on the Ebro River
 
Lombard Street
a street in central London containing many of the major London banks
 
Lombardia
a region of north central Italy bordering Switzerland
 
Lone-Star State
the second largest state; located in southwestern United States on the Gulf of Mexico
 
Long Beach
a city in southern California located on 8.5 miles of Pacific beachfront; was a resort until oil was discovered in 1921
 
longboat
the largest boat carried by a merchant sailing vessel
 
longitude
the angular distance between a point on any meridian and the prime meridian at Greenwich
 
lookout
a structure commanding a wide view of its surroundings
 
lookout
an elevated post affording a wide view
 
loop-line
a railway branch line that branches from the trunk line and then rejoins it later on
 
lorry
a large low horse-drawn wagon without sides
 
Los Alamos
a town in north central New Mexico; in 1942 it was chosen as a nuclear research site where the first atomic bombs were produced
 
lost-and-found
repository in a public building where lost articles can be kept until their owners reclaim them
 
lot
a parcel of land having fixed boundaries
 
Lothian Region
a district in southeast central Scotland (south side of the Firth of Forth) and the location of Edinburgh
 
Lothringen
an eastern French region rich in iron-ore deposits
 
Louisiana Purchase
territory in the western United States purchased from France in 1803 for $15 million; extends from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains and from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada
 
Louisville
the largest city in Kentucky; located in north central Kentucky on the Ohio river; site of the Kentucky Derby
 
lounge
a room (as in a hotel or airport) with seating where people can wait
 
Louvre Museum
an art museum that is a famous tourist attraction in Paris
 
Low Countries
the lowland region of western Europe on the North Sea: Belgium and Luxembourg and the Netherlands
 
low-water mark
a line marking the lowest level reached
 
Lower Egypt
one of the two main administrative districts of Egypt; consists of the Nile delta
 
lower limit
the limit on the lower (or southernmost) side of something
 
lower mantle
the deeper part of the mantle
 
Lower Saxony
a state in northwestern Germany
 
loxodrome
a line on a sphere that cuts all meridians at the same angle; the path taken by a ship or plane that maintains a constant compass direction
 
Lubavitch
a town in Belarus that was the center of the Chabad movement for a brief period during the 19th century
 
Lubbock
a city in northwest Texas to the south of Amarillo
 
Lubeck
a city in northwestern Germany and an important Baltic port; a leading member of the Hanseatic League
 
Lublin
an industrial city of eastern Poland
 
Lucknow
a city in northern India in Uttar Pradesh; during the Indian Mutiny its British residents were besieged by Indian insurgents
 
luff
(nautical) the forward edge of a fore-and-aft sail that is next to the mast
 
Lufkin
a town in eastern Texas
 
lug
a projecting piece that is used to lift or support or turn something
 
luge
a racing sled for one or two people
 
luggage carrier
carrier (as behind a bicycle seat) for luggage
 
luggage rack
carrier for holding luggage above the seats of a train or on top of a car
 
lugger
small fishing boat rigged with one or more lugsails
 
Luluabourg
a city in southwestern Congo; former name (until 1966) was Luluabourg
 
lumber room
a storeroom in a house where odds and ends can be stored (especially furniture)
 
lumbermill
a mill for dressing logs and lumber
 
lumberyard
a workplace where lumber is stocked for sale
 
lunar latitude
an imaginary line around the moon parallel to its equator
 
lunchroom
a restaurant (in a facility) where lunch can be purchased
 
Lund
a city in southern Sweden
 
lunette
temporary fortification like a detached bastion
 
Luoyang
a city in east central China; the capital of ancient China during several dynasties
 
lurking place
a place suitable for lurking
 
Lusitania
ancient region and Roman province on the Iberian Peninsula; corresponds roughly to modern Portugal and parts of Spain
 
Luta
an industrial conurbation in northeastern China on the southern end of the Liaodong Peninsula; it now includes the cities of Dalian and Lushun
 
lyceum
a public hall for lectures and concerts
 
Lycia
an ancient region on the coast of southwest Asia Minor
 
Lydia
an ancient region on the coast of western Asia Minor; a powerful kingdom until conquered by the Persians in 546 BC
 
Lynchburg
a city in central Virginia
 
Lyonnais
a former province of east central France; now administered by Rhone-Alpes
 
Lyons
a city in east-central France on the Rhone River; a principal producer of silk and rayon
 
Maarianhamina
a town that is the chief port of the Aland islands
 
Macau
a former Portuguese province on the south coast of China and two islands in the South China Sea; reverted to China in 1999
 
Macedonia
landlocked republic on the Balkan Peninsula; achieved independence from Yugoslavia in 1991
 
machicolation
a projecting parapet supported by corbels on a medieval castle; has openings through which stones or boiling water could be dropped on an enemy
 
machine shop
workshop where metal is cut and shaped etc., by machine tools
 
Machu Picchu
Inca fortress city in the Andes in Peru discovered in 1911; it may have been built in the 15th century
 
Mackinac Bridge
a suspension bridge across the channel between the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan
 
Mackinaw boat
a flat-bottomed boat used on upper Great Lakes
 
Macon
a city in central Georgia to the southeast of Atlanta
 
magazine
a storehouse (as a compartment on a warship) where weapons and ammunition are stored
 
Maginot Line
a fortification built before World War II to protect France's eastern border; initially considered to be impregnable, it was easily overrun by the German army in 1940
 
magnetic declination
the angle (at a particular location) between magnetic north and true north
 
magnetic line of force
a line of force in a magnetic field
 
magnetic meridian
an imaginary line passing through both magnetic poles of the Earth
 
magnetic pole
either of two points where the lines of force of the Earth's magnetic field are vertical
 
magnetic pole
one of the two ends of a magnet where the magnetism seems to be concentrated
 
Magnolia State
a state in the Deep South on the gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate States during the American Civil War
 
Maharashtra
a state in west-central India
 
Mahgrib
the region of northwest Africa comprising the Atlas Mountains and the coastlands of Morocco and Algeria and Tunisia
 
mail
a conveyance that transports the letters and packages that are conveyed by the postal system
 
mail boat
a boat for carrying mail
 
mail car
a railway car in which mail is transported and sorted
 
mail train
a train that carries mail
 
maildrop
a drop where mail can be deposited
 
mailing address
the address where a person or organization can be communicated with
 
main
a principal pipe in a system that distributes water or gas or electricity or that collects sewage
 
main drag
the main street of a town or city
 
main line
the principal route of a transportation system
 
Main Street
any small town (or the people who inhabit it); generally used to represent parochialism and materialism (after a novel by Sinclair Lewis)
 
maisonette
a small house
 
maisonette
a self-contained apartment (usually on two floors) in a larger house and with its own entrance from the outside
 
major axis
the longest axis of an ellipse or ellipsoid; passes through the two foci
 
Makalu
a mountain in the Himalayas in Nepal (27,790 feet high)
 
Makedonija
the ancient kingdom of Philip II and Alexander the Great in the southeastern Balkans that is now divided among modern Macedonia and Greece and Bulgaria
 
Malabo
the capital and largest city of Equatorial Guinea on the island of Bioko in the Gulf of Guinea
 
Malacca
the third smallest Malaysian state; located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula
 
Malaga
a port city and resort in Andalusia in southern Spain on the Mediterranean
 
Malaysian state
one of the several states constituting Malaysia
 
Male
the capital of Maldives in the center of the islands
 
mall
a public area set aside as a pedestrian walk
 
Malmo
a port in southern Sweden
 
Mammoth Cave National Park
a national park in Kentucky having a large cavern and an underground river
 
man-of-war
a warship intended for combat
 
Manchester
a city in northwestern England (30 miles to the east of Liverpool); heart of the most densely populated area of England
 
Manchester
largest city in New Hampshire; located in southeastern New Hampshire on the Merrimack river
 
Manchuria
a region in northeastern China
 
Mandalay
a city in central Myanmar to the north of Rangoon
 
mandate
a territory surrendered by Turkey or Germany after World War I and put under the tutelage of some other European power until they are able to stand by themselves
 
Manhattan
one of the five boroughs of New York City
 
manifold
a pipe that has several lateral outlets to or from other pipes
 
Manipur
state in northeastern India
 
Manitoba
one of the three prairie provinces in central Canada
 
Mankato
a town in southern Minnesota
 
Mannheim
a city in southwestern Germany at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers
 
manor
the mansion of a lord or wealthy person
 
MANPAD
a man-portable surface-to-air missile
 
manse
the residence of a clergyman (especially a Presbyterian clergyman)
 
Mansfield
a town in north central Ohio
 
mantelet
portable bulletproof shelter
 
mantle
the layer of the earth between the crust and the core
 
mantle
(zoology) a protective layer of epidermis in mollusks or brachiopods that secretes a substance forming the shell
 
manufactured home
a large house trailer that can be connected to utilities and can be parked in one place and used as permanent housing
 
maquiladora
an assembly plant in Mexico (near the United States border); parts are shipped into Mexico and the finished product is shipped back across the border
 
Maracaibo
a port city in northwestern Venezuela; a major oil center
 
Maracay
a city in north central Venezuela; cattle center
 
Marches
a region in central Italy
 
mare
a dark region of considerable extent on the surface of the moon
 
marina
a fancy dock for small yachts and cabin cruisers
 
Marineland
a commercial aquarium featuring trained dolphins
 
market cross
a cross-shaped monument set up in the marketplace of a town where public business is often conducted
 
market garden
a garden where fruit and vegetables are grown for marketing
 
market square
a public marketplace where food and merchandise is sold
 
market town
a (usually small) town where a public market is held at stated times
 
market
an area in a town where a public mercantile establishment is set up
 
marquee
large and often sumptuous tent
 
Marquette
a town on Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula in northwest Michigan
 
Marrakesh
a city in western Morocco; tourist center
 
Marseilles
a port city in southeastern France on the Mediterranean
 
marsh buggy
an amphibious vehicle typically having four-wheel drive and a raised body
 
marshalling yard
a railway yard in which trains are assembled and goods are loaded
 
martello tower
a circular masonry fort for coastal defence
 
Martinique
an island in the eastern Caribbean in the Windward Islands; administered as an overseas region of France
 
Maryland
one of the British colonies that formed the United States
 
Mashhad
the holy city of Shiite Muslims; located in northeastern Iran
 
Mashriq
Arabic name for the Middle East
 
masjid
(Islam) a Muslim place of worship
 
Mason and Dixon's line
the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania; symbolic dividing line between North and South before the American Civil War
 
Mason City
a town in north central Iowa
 
masonry
structure built of stone or brick by a mason
 
mass rapid transit
an urban public transit system using underground or elevated trains
 
Massachusetts
a state in New England; one of the original 13 colonies
 
Massachusetts Bay Colony
one of the British colonies that formed the United States
 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
an engineering university in Cambridge
 
massage parlor
a business establishment that offers therapeutic massage
 
massage parlor
a place where illicit sex is available under the guise of therapeutic massage
 
Massawa
a port town in Eritrea on an inlet of the Red Sea
 
mastaba
an ancient Egyptian mud-brick tomb with a rectangular base and sloping sides and flat roof
 
master bedroom
the principal bedroom in a house; usually occupied by the head of the household
 
masthead
the head or top of a mast
 
mat
mounting consisting of a border or background for a picture
 
mat
a foundation (usually on soft ground) consisting of an extended layer of reinforced concrete
 
Matamoros
a city in northeastern Mexico opposite Brownsville near the mouth of the Rio Grande
 
maternity hospital
a hospital that provides care for women during pregnancy and childbirth and for newborn infants
 
maternity ward
a hospital ward that provides care for women during pregnancy and childbirth and for newborn infants
 
matrix
an enclosure within which something originates or develops (from the Latin for womb)
 
Matterhorn
a mountain in the Alps on the border between Switzerland and Italy (14,780 feet high); noted for its distinctive shape
 
mausoleum
a large burial chamber, usually above ground
 
Mausoleum at Halicarnasus
a white marble mausoleum 140 feet high built in 352 BC at Halicarnassus as a memorial to a king; destroyed in 1402
 
Mawlamyine
a port city of southern Myanmar on the Gulf of Martaban
 
maximum
the point on a curve where the tangent changes from positive on the left to negative on the right
 
Mayenne
a department of northwestern France in the Pays de la Loire region
 
Mayflower
the ship in which the Pilgrim Fathers sailed from England to Massachusetts in 1620
 
Mazar-i-Sharif
a city in northern Afghanistan
 
Mazatlan
a port city in western Mexico on the Pacific Ocean; tourist center
 
Mbeya
a city in southwestern Tanzania
 
McAlester
a town in southeastern Oklahoma
 
McAllen
a town in southern Texas on the Rio Grande
 
McBurney's point
a point one third of the way along a line drawn from the hip to the umbilicus; the point of maximum sensitivity in acute appendicitis
 
meat house
a small house (on a farm) where meat is stored
 
meat house
a small house where smoke is used to cure meat or fish
 
meat safe
a safe for storing meat
 
mecca
a place that attracts many visitors
 
Mecca
joint capital (with Riyadh) of Saudi Arabia; located in western Saudi Arabia; as the birthplace of Muhammad it is the holiest city of Islam
 
Medan
a city in Indonesia; located in northeastern Sumatra
 
Medellin
city in western Colombia; important coffee center
 
Medford
a town in southwestern Oregon; a summer resort
 
Medford
town in northeastern Massachusetts; residential suburb of Boston
 
medical center
the part of a city where medical facilities are centered
 
medina
the ancient quarter of many cities in northern Africa
 
medium
the surrounding environment
 
meerschaum
a pipe having a bowl made of meerschaum
 
megalith
memorial consisting of a very large stone forming part of a prehistoric structure (especially in western Europe)
 
megalopolis
a very large urban complex (usually involving several cities and towns)
 
Melbourne
the capital of Victoria state and 2nd largest Australian city; a financial and commercial center
 
Melbourne
a resort town in east central Florida
 
melting pot
an environment in which many ideas and races are socially assimilated
 
memorial
a structure erected to commemorate persons or events
 
Memphis
an ancient city of Egypt on the Nile (south of Cairo)
 
Memphis
largest city of Tennessee; located in southwestern Tennessee on bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River
 
men's
a public toilet for men
 
menagerie
the facility where wild animals are housed for exhibition
 
menhir
a tall upright megalith; found primarily in England and northern France
 
mercantile establishment
a place of business for retailing goods
 
Mercedario
a mountain in the Andes in Argentina (22,210 feet high)
 
Merida
the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatan
 
Meridian
a town in eastern Mississippi
 
merlon
a solid section between two crenels in a crenelated battlement
 
Merrimac
an ironclad vessel built by the Confederate forces in the hope of breaking the blockade imposed by the North
 
Mesa
a city in Arizona just to the east of Phoenix; originally a suburb of Phoenix
 
Mesa Verde National Park
a national park in Colorado containing prehistoric cliff dwellings; semiarid landscape
 
Mesoamerica
Mexico and Central America
 
Mesopotamia
the land between the Tigris and Euphrates; site of several ancient civilizations; part of what is now known as Iraq
 
mesosphere
the atmospheric layer between the stratosphere and the thermosphere
 
mess
a (large) military dining room where service personnel eat or relax
 
Messina
a port city in northeastern Sicily on the Strait of Messina
 
messuage
(law) a dwelling house and its adjacent buildings and the adjacent land used by the household
 
meteorological balloon
a small unmanned balloon set aloft to observe atmospheric conditions
 
meteorological observation post
one of a network of observation posts where meteorological data is recorded
 
mews
street lined with buildings that were originally private stables but have been remodeled as dwellings
 
Mexicali
a city in northwestern Mexico near the California border
 
Miami
a city and resort in southeastern Florida on Biscayne Bay; the best known city in Florida; a haven for retirees and a refuge for Cubans fleeing Castro
 
Miami Beach
a city in southeastern Florida on an island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean; known for fashionable resort hotels
 
microbrewery
a small brewery; consumption of the product is mainly elsewhere
 
micropyle
minute opening in the wall of an ovule through which the pollen tube enters
 
Mid-Atlantic states
a region of the eastern United States comprising New York and New Jersey and Pennsylvania and Delaware and Maryland
 
midair
some point in the air; above ground level
 
Middle East
the area around the eastern Mediterranean; from Turkey to northern Africa and eastward to Iran; the site of such ancient civilizations as Phoenicia and Babylon and Egypt and the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity and Islam; had continuous economic and political turmoil in the 20th century
 
midfield
(sports) the middle part of a playing field (as in football or lacrosse)
 
Midi
the southern part of France
 
Midi-Pyrenees
a region in southwestern France
 
midland
the interior part of a country
 
Midland
a town in west central Texas
 
midst
the location of something surrounded by other things
 
midstream
the middle of a stream
 
midway
the place at a fair or carnival where sideshows and similar amusements are located
 
midwestern United States
the north central region of the United States (sometimes called the heartland or the breadbasket of America)
 
mihrab
(Islam) a niche in the wall of a mosque that indicates the direction of Mecca
 
Milano
the capital of Lombardy in northern Italy; has been an international center of trade and industry since the Middle Ages
 
military hospital
hospital for soldiers and other military personnel
 
military installation
any facility servicing military forces
 
military plane
an aircraft designed and used for combat
 
military position
a point occupied by troops for tactical reasons
 
military post
military installation at which a body of troops is stationed
 
military quarters
living quarters for personnel on a military post
 
military vehicle
vehicle used by the armed forces
 
milk float
a van (typically powered by electricity) with an open side that is used to deliver milk to houses
 
milk wagon
wagon for delivering milk
 
milldam
dam to make a millpond to provide power for a water mill
 
millrace
a channel for the water current that turns a millwheel
 
Milwaukee
largest city of Wisconsin; located in southeastern Wisconsin on the western shore of Lake Michigan; a flourishing agricultural center known for its breweries
 
minaret
slender tower with balconies
 
Minato Ohashi Bridge
cantilever bridge at Osaka, Japan
 
mine field
a tract of land containing explosive mines
 
minefield
a region in which explosives mines have been placed
 
minelayer
ship equipped for laying marine mines
 
minesweeper
ship equipped to detect and then destroy or neutralize or remove marine mines
 
minibike
small motorcycle with a low frame and small wheels and elevated handlebars
 
minibus
a light bus (4 to 10 passengers)
 
minicab
a minicar used as a taxicab
 
minicar
a car that is even smaller than a subcompact car
 
minimum
the point on a curve where the tangent changes from negative on the left to positive on the right
 
ministry
building where the business of a government ministry is transacted
 
minivan
a small box-shaped passenger van; usually has removable seats; used as a family car
 
Minneapolis
largest city in Minnesota; located in southeastern Minnesota on the Mississippi river; noted for flour mills; one of the Twin Cities
 
minor axis
the shorter or shortest axis of an ellipse or ellipsoid
 
minster
any of certain cathedrals and large churches; originally connected to a monastery
 
mint
a plant where money is coined by authority of the government
 
Minuteman
a strategic weapon system using a guided missile of intercontinental range; missiles are equipped with nuclear warheads and dispersed in hardened silos
 
missile
a rocket carrying a warhead of conventional or nuclear explosives; may be ballistic or directed by remote control
 
Missoula
a university town in western Montana
 
Mobile
a port in southwestern Alabama on Mobile Bay
 
Model T
the first widely available automobile powered by a gasoline engine; mass-produced by Henry Ford from 1908 to 1927
 
module
detachable compartment of a spacecraft
 
Mohave Desert
a desert area in southern California and western Arizona
 
Mohorovicic discontinuity
the boundary between the Earth's crust and the underlying mantle
 
Moline
a town in northwest Illinois on the Mississippi River
 
Molise
a region of south central Italy
 
Molotov
a city in the European part of Russia
 
Mombasa
a port city in southern Kenya on a coral island in a bay of the Indian Ocean
 
Monaco-Ville
the capital of Monaco
 
monastery
the residence of a religious community
 
Mongolia
a vast region in Asia including the Mongolian People's Republic and China's Inner Mongolia
 
Mongolian People's Republic
a landlocked socialist republic in central Asia
 
Monitor
an ironclad vessel built by Federal forces to do battle with the Merrimac
 
monkey ladder
a light ladder to the monkey bridge on a ship
 
monocycle
a vehicle with a single wheel that is driven by pedals
 
monoplane
an airplane with a single wing
 
Monroe
a town in north central Louisiana
 
Monroe
a town of southeast Michigan on Lake Erie
 
Monte Bianco
the highest mountain peak in the Alps; on the border between France and Italy to the south of Geneva (15,781 feet high)
 
Monte Carlo
a town and popular resort in the principality of Monaco; famous for its gambling casino
 
Montego Bay
port and resort city in northwestern Jamaica
 
Montenegro
a former country bordering on the Adriatic Sea; now part of the Union of Serbia and Montenegro
 
Monterey
a town in western California to the south of San Francisco on a peninsula at the southern end of Monterey Bay
 
Monterrey
an industrial city in northeastern Mexico
 
Montmartre
the highest point in Paris; famous for its associations with many artists
 
Montreal
a city in southern Quebec province on the Saint Lawrence River; the largest city in Quebec and 2nd largest in Canada; the 2nd largest French-speaking city in the world
 
monument
an important site that is marked and preserved as public property
 
monument
a burial vault (usually for some famous person)
 
mooring mast
a tower for mooring airships
 
Moorish arch
a round arch that widens before rounding off
 
moped
a motorbike that can be pedaled or driven by a low-powered gasoline engine
 
Moravia
a region in the central and eastern part of the Czech Republic; it lies to the east of Bohemia and to the west of the Carpathians
 
Morgan City
a town in southeast Louisiana to the south of Baton Rouge
 
Morgantown
a city in northern West Virginia on the Monongahela river near the Pennsylvania border; site of the University of West Virginia
 
Mormon Tabernacle
the Mormon temple
 
morning room
a sitting room used during the daylight hours
 
Moron
a city in Argentina, to the west of Buenos Aires
 
Morristown
a town in northern New Jersey where the Continental Army spent two winters
 
mosque
(Islam) a Muslim place of worship that usually has a minaret
 
Mosul
a city in northern Iraq on the Tigris across from the ruins of Nineveh
 
motel
a motor hotel
 
motel room
a sleeping room in a motel
 
Motor City
the largest city in Michigan and a major Great Lakes port; center of the United States automobile industry; located in southeastern Michigan on the Detroit river across from Windsor
 
motor scooter
a wheeled vehicle with small wheels and a low-powered gasoline engine geared to the rear wheel
 
motorboat
a boat propelled by an internal-combustion engine
 
motortruck
an automotive vehicle suitable for hauling
 
Mount Adams
a mountain peak in southwestern Washington in the Cascade Range (12,307 feet high)
 
Mount Ararat
the mountain peak that Noah's ark landed on as the waters of the great flood receded
 
Mount Athos
an autonomous area in northeastern Greece that is the site of several Greek Orthodox monasteries founded in the tenth century
 
Mount Bartle Frere
the highest mountain peak in Queensland, Australia
 
Mount Communism
the highest mountain peak in the Pamir Mountains; near the Chinese border in northeastern Tajikistan (24,590 feet high)
 
Mount Elbert
the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains in central Colorado (14,431 feet high)
 
Mount Everest
a mountain in the central Himalayas on the border of Tibet and Nepal; the highest mountain peak in the world (29,028 feet high)
 
Mount Godwin Austen
a mountain peak in the Karakoram Range in northern Kashmir; the 2nd highest peak in the world (28,250 feet high)
 
Mount Hubbard
a mountain peak in southeastern Alaska that is part of the Coast Range (14,950 feet high)
 
Mount Kanchenjunga
a mountain the Himalayas on the border between Nepal and Tibet (28,208 feet high)
 
Mount Kilimanjaro
the highest peak in Africa; located in northeastern Tanzania; 19,340 feet high
 
Mount Logan
a mountain peak in the St. Elias Range in the southwestern Yukon Territory in Canada (19,850 feet high)
 
Mount McKinley
a mountain in south central Alaska; the highest peak in North America (20,300 feet high)
 
Mount Olympus
a mountain peak in northeast Greece near the Aegean coast; believed by ancient Greeks to be the dwelling place of the gods (9,570 feet high)
 
Mount Parnassus
(Greek mythology) a mountain in central Greece where (according to Greek mythology) the Muses lived; known as the mythological home of music and poetry
 
Mount Rainier
a mountain peak in central Washington; highest peak in the Cascade Range; (14,410 feet high)
 
Mount Rainier National Park
a national park in Washington having mountain terrain featuring glaciers and alpine lakes and streams and swamps
 
Mount Rushmore
a mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakota; the likenesses of Washington and Jefferson and Lincoln and Roosevelt are carved on it
 
Mount Rushmore State
a state in north central United States
 
Mount Shasta
a volcanic mountain peak in the Cascade Range in northern California (14,162 feet high)
 
Mount Sherman
a peak in the Rocky Mountains in central Colorado (14,036 feet high)
 
Mount Sinai
a mountain peak in the southern Sinai Peninsula (7,500 feet high); it is believed to be the peak on which Moses received the Ten Commandments
 
Mount Vernon
the former residence of George Washington in northeastern Virginia overlooking the Potomac river
 
Mount Whitney
the highest peak in the Sierra Nevada range in California (14,494 feet high)
 
Mount Wilson
a peak in the San Juan mountains of Colorado (14,246 feet high)
 
mount
a mounting consisting of a piece of metal (as in a ring or other jewelry) that holds a gem in place
 
mountain pass
the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks
 
mountain peak
the summit of a mountain
 
Mountain State
a state in east central United States
 
mountain tent
a lightweight tent with a floor; flaps close with a zipper
 
mountain trail
a trail through mountainous country
 
mounting
framework used for support or display
 
mouth
an opening that resembles a mouth (as of a cave or a gorge)
 
mouthpiece
the tube of a pipe or cigarette holder that a smoker holds in the mouth
 
movable barrier
a barrier that can be moved to allow passage
 
moving van
a van used for moving home or office furniture
 
mud flat
a tract of low muddy land near an estuary; covered at high tide and exposed at low tide
 
mudguard
a curved piece above the wheel of a bicycle or motorcycle to protect the rider from water or mud thrown up by the wheels
 
mudhif
a reed hut in the marshlands of Iraq; rare since the marshes were drained
 
Muenchen
the capital and largest city of Bavaria in southwestern Germany
 
muffle
a kiln with an inner chamber for firing things at a low temperature
 
mukataa
an Arabic word for headquarters or administrative center
 
multiengine airplane
a plane with two or more engines
 
multiplex
a movie theater than has several different auditoriums in the same building
 
multistage rocket
a rocket having two or more rocket engines (each with its own fuel) that are fired in succession and jettisoned when the fuel is exhausted
 
Mumbai
a city in western India just off the coast of the Arabian Sea; India's 2nd largest city (after Calcutta); has the only natural deep-water harbor in western India
 
Muncie
a town in east central Indiana
 
municipality
an urban district having corporate status and powers of self-government
 
Murmansk
a port city in northwestern Russia on the Kola Peninsula; the largest city to the north of the Arctic Circle; an important supply line to Russia in World War I and World War II
 
Muscovy
a Russian principality in the 13th to 16th centuries; Moscow was the capital
 
museum
a depository for collecting and displaying objects having scientific or historical or artistic value
 
music hall
a theater in which vaudeville is staged
 
music school
a school specializing in music
 
Muskogee
a town in eastern Oklahoma on the Arkansas River
 
Muztagh
a highest mountain peak in the Kunlun Shan in China; near the Indian border (23,891 feet high)
 
Mwanza
a city in northern Tanzania on Lake Victoria
 
Mycenae
an ancient city is southern Greece; center of the Mycenaean civilization during the late Bronze Age
 
Mysore
a city in southern India to the southwest of Bangalore
 
Nablus
an ancient city in the West Bank to the north of Jerusalem; the home of Jacob in biblical times
 
nacelle
a streamlined enclosure for an aircraft engine
 
Nacimiento
a mountain peak in the Andes in Argentina (21,302 feet high)
 
nadir
the point below the observer that is directly opposite the zenith on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected
 
Nag Hammadi
a town in Upper Egypt
 
Nagano
a city in central Honshu to the northwest of Tokyo; site of a Buddhist shrine
 
Nagasaki
a city in southern Japan on Kyushu; a leading port and shipbuilding center; on August 9, 1945 Nagasaki became the second populated area to receive an atomic bomb
 
Nagoya
an industrial city in southern Honshu
 
Naha City
the chief city in the Ryukyu Islands
 
nailhead
flattened boss on the end of nail opposite to the point
 
Nakuru
a city in western Kenya; commercial center of an agricultural region
 
Nalchik
a city in southwestern Russia in a valley of the Caucasus Mountains; an industrial center and health resort
 
Namib Desert
a desert in Namibia extending along the coast between the high plateau and the Atlantic Ocean
 
Nampa
a town in southwestern Idaho
 
Namur
a city in south central Belgium situated on a promontory between the Meuse River and the Sambre River; the site of intense fighting in World War I and World War II
 
Nan-chang
a walled city in southeastern China on the Gan Jiang
 
Nan-ning
an industrial city in southern China
 
Nanaimo
a town in southwestern British Columbia on Vancouver Island to the west of Vancouver
 
Nancy
a city in northeastern France in Lorraine
 
Nanda Devi
a mountain in the Himalayas in northern India (25,660 feet high)
 
Nanga Parbat
a mountain in the Himalayas in Kashmir (26,660 feet high)
 
Nanking
a city in eastern China on the Yangtze River; a former capital of China; the scene of a Japanese massacre in the 1930s
 
Nantes
a port city in western France on the Loire estuary
 
nape
the back side of the neck
 
Napoli
a port and tourist center in southwestern Italy; capital of the Campania region
 
narco-state
an area that has been taken over and is controlled and corrupted by drug cartels and where law enforcement is effectively nonexistent
 
narrow-body
a commercial airliner with a single aisle
 
narthex
a vestibule leading to the nave of a church
 
narthex
portico at the west end of an early Christian basilica or church
 
nasal canthus
the inner corner of the eye
 
Naseby
a village in western Northamptonshire
 
nasotracheal tube
a tube inserted into the trachea through the nose and pharynx; used to deliver oxygen
 
Natal
a port city in northeastern Brazil
 
natatorium
pool that provides a facility for swimming
 
Natchez
a town in southwest Mississippi on the Mississippi River
 
National Baseball Hall of Fame
a Hall of Fame and museum in Cooperstown, New York, honoring great baseball players
 
national capital
the capital city of a nation
 
national monument
memorial consisting of a structure or natural landmark of historic interest; set aside by national government for preservation and public enjoyment
 
national park
a tract of land declared by the national government to be public property
 
nautilus
a submarine that is propelled by nuclear power
 
naval installation
military installation servicing naval forces
 
naval shipyard
a military shipyard
 
nave
the central area of a church
 
navel
the center point or middle of something
 
navy base
base of operations for a naval fleet
 
Nazareth
a historic town in northern Israel that is mentioned in the Gospels as the home of Joseph and Mary
 
Negara Brunei Darussalam
a sultanate in northwestern Borneo; became independent of Great Britain in 1984
 
negative magnetic pole
the pole of a magnet that points toward the south when the magnet is suspended freely
 
Negeri Sembilan
one of the 13 states that constitute the Federation of Malaysia; located on the western coast of Peninsular Malaysia
 
Negev Desert
a desert in southern Israel
 
neighborhood
an area within a city or town that has some distinctive features (especially one forming a community)
 
Nejd
a central plateau region of the Arabian Peninsula; formerly an independent sultanate until 1932 when it united with Hejaz to form the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
 
nerve center
a center that provides information and control
 
nerve end
the terminal structure of an axon that does not end at a synapse
 
nest
a cosy or secluded retreat
 
nest
a kind of gun emplacement
 
nesting place
a place suitable for nesting
 
network
(broadcasting) a communication system consisting of a group of broadcasting stations that all transmit the same programs
 
Never-Never
the remote outback of Australia; unpopulated desert country
 
New Brunswick
a province in southeastern Canada
 
New Brunswick
a university town in central New Jersey
 
New Delhi
a city in north central India
 
New England
a region of northeastern United States comprising Maine and New Hampshire and Vermont and Massachusetts and Rhode Island and Connecticut
 
New Forest
an area of woods and heathland in southern Hampshire that was set aside by William I as Crown property in 1079; originally a royal hunting ground but now administered as parkland; noted for its ponies
 
New Hampshire
one of the British colonies that formed the United States
 
New Haven
a city in southwestern Connecticut; site of Yale University
 
New Jersey
one of the British colonies that formed the United States
 
New London
a town in southeastern Connecticut near Long Island Sound; an important whaling center in the 19th century
 
New Netherland
a Dutch colony in North America along the Hudson and lower Delaware rivers although the colony centered in New Amsterdam; annexed by the English in 1664
 
New Orleans
a port and largest city in Louisiana; located in southeastern Louisiana near the mouth of the Mississippi river; a major center for offshore drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico; jazz originated here among black musicians in the late 19th century; Mardi Gras is celebrated here each year
 
New River Gorge Bridge
a steel arch bridge across New River at Fayetteville, West Virginia
 
New South Wales
an Australian state in southeastern Australia
 
new town
a planned urban community created in a rural or undeveloped area and designed to be self-sufficient with its own housing and education and commerce and recreation
 
New World
the hemisphere that includes North America and South America
 
New York
one of the British colonies that formed the United States
 
New York State
a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies
 
New York State Barge Canal
a system of canals crossing New York State and connecting the Great Lakes with the Hudson River and Lake Champlain
 
New York Stock Exchange
a stock exchange in New York
 
New Zealand
an independent country within the British Commonwealth; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1907; known for sheep and spectacular scenery
 
Newark
the largest city in New Jersey; located in northeastern New Jersey
 
Newburgh
a town on the Hudson River in New York; in 1782 and 1783 it was George Washington's headquarters
 
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
a port city in northeastern England on the River Tyne; a center for coal exports (giving rise to the expression `carry coals to Newcastle' meaning to do something unnecessary)
 
Newfoundland and Labrador
a Canadian province on the island of Newfoundland and on the mainland along the coast of the Labrador Sea; became Canada's 10th province in 1949
 
Newgate
a former prison in London notorious for its unsanitary conditions and burnt down in riots in 1780; a new prison was built on the same spot but was torn down in 1902
 
Newport
a port city in southeastern Wales
 
Newport
a resort city in southeastern Rhode Island; known for the summer homes of millionaires; important yachting center
 
Newport News
a port city in southeastern Virginia at the mouth of the James River off Hampton Roads; large shipyards
 
newsroom
a reading room (in a library or club) where newspapers and other periodicals can be read
 
newsroom
an office in which news is processed by a newspaper or news agency or television or radio station
 
newsstand
a stall where newspapers and other periodicals are sold
 
Niagara Falls
a city in western New York State at the falls of the Niagara river; tourist attraction and honeymoon resort
 
nib
the writing point of a pen
 
Nicaea
an ancient city in Bithynia; founded in the 4th century BC and flourished under the Romans; the Nicene Creed was adopted there in 325
 
Nice
a city in southeastern France on the Mediterranean; the leading resort on the French Riviera
 
niche
an enclosure that is set back or indented
 
nick
(British slang) a prison
 
Nijmegen
an industrial city in the eastern Netherlands
 
Nineveh
an ancient Assyrian city on the Tigris across from the modern city of Mosul in the northern part of what is now known as Iraq
 
Nippon
a constitutional monarchy occupying the Japanese Archipelago; a world leader in electronics and automobile manufacture and ship building
 
Nizhnyi Novgorod
an industrial city in the European part of Russia; birthplace of Maksim Gorky
 
no man's land
an unoccupied area between the front lines of opposing armies
 
no-go area
an area that is dangerous or impossible to enter or to which entry is forbidden
 
no-parking zone
a space where automobiles are not allowed to park
 
Nob Hill
a fashionable neighborhood in San Francisco
 
node
(astronomy) a point where an orbit crosses a plane
 
node
(physics) the point of minimum displacement in a periodic system
 
nodes of Ranvier
small gaps in the myelin sheath of medullated axons
 
Nogales
a town in northern Mexico on the border of Arizona
 
Nogales
a town in Arizona on the Mexican border opposite Nogales, Mexico
 
nogging
rough brick masonry used to fill in the gaps in a wooden frame
 
nombril
the center point on a shield
 
Nome
a town in western Alaska on the southern coast of the Seward Peninsula; an important center of an Alaskan gold rush at the beginning of the 20th century
 
nonsmoker
a passenger car for passengers who want to avoid tobacco smoke
 
nook
a sheltered and secluded place
 
Nord-Pas-de-Calais
a region in northeastern France
 
Norfolk
port city located in southeastern Virginia on the Elizabeth River at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay; headquarters of the Atlantic fleet of the United States Navy
 
Norfolk wherry
sailing barge used especially in East Anglia
 
Normandie
a former province of northwestern France on the English channel; divided into Haute-Normandie and Basse-Normandie
 
north
a location in the northern part of a country, region, or city
 
North
the region of the United States lying to the north of the Mason-Dixon line
 
North Africa
an area of northern Africa between the Sahara and the Mediterranean Sea
 
North American country
any country on the North American continent
 
North Borneo
one of the 13 states that constitute the Federation of Malaysia; located on the northern portion of the island of Borneo
 
North Carolina
one of the British colonies that formed the United States
 
North Cascades National Park
a national park in Washington that is an alpine wilderness area featuring gold rush and logging campsites
 
north celestial pole
the celestial pole above the northern hemisphere; near Polaris
 
North Frigid Zone
the regions to the north of the Arctic Circle centered on the North Pole
 
North Peak
19,370 feet high
 
North Platte
a town in west central Nebraska on the Platte River
 
North Pole
the northernmost point of the Earth's axis
 
north side
the side that is on the north
 
North Star State
a midwestern state
 
North Temperate Zone
Temperate Zone between the Arctic Circle and the Tropic of Cancer
 
North Vietnam
a former country in southeastern Asia that existed from 1954 (after the defeat of the French at Dien Bien Phu) until 1975 when South Vietnam collapsed at the end of the Vietnam War
 
North Yorkshire
a county in northern England
 
north-seeking pole
the pole of a magnet that points toward the north when the magnet is suspended freely
 
north-south direction
in a direction parallel with lines of longitude
 
Northampton
the principal city of Northamptonshire
 
Northamptonshire
a county is central England
 
northeast
a location in the northeastern part of a country, region, or city
 
northeastern United States
the northeastern region of the United States
 
northern Europe
the northernmost countries of Europe
 
northern hemisphere
the hemisphere that is to the north of the equator
 
Northern Ireland
a division of the United Kingdom located on the northern part of the island of Ireland
 
Northern Mariana Islands
a self-governing territory comprising all of the Mariana Islands except Guam
 
Northern Territory
a territory in north central Australia
 
northland
any region lying in or toward the north
 
Northumberland
the northernmost county of England; has many Roman remains (including Hadrian's Wall)
 
Northumbria
an Anglo-Saxon kingdom in northern England until 876
 
northwest
a location in the northwestern part of a country, region, or city
 
Northwest Passage
a water route between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean along the northern coast of North America; Europeans since the 16th century had searched for a short route to the Far East before it was successfully traversed by Roald Amundsen (1903-1906)
 
Northwest Territories
a large territory in northwestern Canada; part is now Nunavut
 
northwestern United States
the northwestern region of the United States
 
Nouakchott
capital of Mauritania; located in western Mauritania near the Atlantic coast
 
Nova Lisboa
a city in the mountains in western Angola
 
Nova Scotia
the Canadian province in the Maritimes consisting of the Nova Scotia peninsula and Cape Breton Island; French settlers who called the area Acadia were exiled to Louisiana by the British in the 1750s and their descendants are know as Cajuns
 
Novgorod
a city in northwestern Russia on the Volkhov River; Russia's oldest city and an important trading center in the Middle Ages
 
Novosibirsk
a city in the Asian part of Russia on the Ob river; largest city in Siberia
 
Nubia
an ancient region of northeastern Africa (southern Egypt and northern Sudan) on the Nile; much of Nubia is now under Lake Nasser
 
Nubian Desert
an arid sandstone plateau in northeastern Sudan between the Nile and the Red Sea
 
nuclear-powered ship
ship whose motive power comes from the energy of a nuclear reactor
 
nucleus
the positively charged dense center of an atom
 
nucleus
(astronomy) the center of the head of a comet; consists of small solid particles of ice and frozen gas that vaporizes on approaching the sun to form the coma and tail
 
Numidia
an ancient kingdom (later a Roman province) in North Africa in an area corresponding roughly to present-day Algeria
 
Nunavut
an Arctic territory in northern Canada created in 1999 and governed solely by the Inuit; includes the eastern part of what was the Northwest Territories and most of the islands of the Arctic Archipelago
 
nunnery
the convent of a community of nuns
 
Nuptse
a mountain in the central Himalayas on the border of Tibet and Nepal (25,726 feet high)
 
Nuremberg
a city in southeastern Germany; site of Allied trials of Nazi war criminals (1945-46)
 
Nyala
city in Sudan
 
Oakland
a city in western California on San Francisco Bay opposite San Francisco; primarily and industrial urban center
 
oasis
a fertile tract in a desert (where the water table approaches the surface)
 
oast
a kiln for drying hops
 
oast house
a building containing an oast (a kiln for drying hops); usually has a conical or pyramidal roof
 
Oaxaca de Juarez
a city of southeastern Mexico
 
obelisk
a stone pillar having a rectangular cross section tapering towards a pyramidal top
 
oblique angle
an angle that is not a right angle or a multiple of a right angle
 
observation dome
lookout consisting of a dome-shaped observatory
 
observation station
a station set up for making observations of something
 
observatory
a building designed and equipped to observe astronomical phenomena
 
observer's meridian
a meridian that passes through the observer's zenith
 
obstacle
an obstruction that stands in the way (and must be removed or surmounted or circumvented)
 
obtuse angle
an angle between 90 and 180 degrees
 
Occident
the countries of (originally) Europe and (now including) North America and South America
 
Odessa
a port city of south central Ukraine on an arm of the Black Sea
 
Odessa
a city in western Texas
 
oeil de boeuf
a circular or oval window; 17th or 18th century French architecture
 
off-Broadway
low-budget theaters located outside the Broadway area in Manhattan
 
office block
a building containing offices where work is done
 
officer's mess
a mess for the exclusive use of officers
 
offset
structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly
 
Ogden
a town in northern Utah settled by Mormons
 
Ohio State University
a university in Columbus, Ohio
 
oil burner
a furnace that burns oil
 
oil pipeline
a pipeline used to transport oil
 
oil refinery
a refinery for petroleum
 
oil tanker
a cargo ship designed to carry crude oil in bulk
 
oil-water interface
an interface forming the boundary between the non-miscible liquids oil and water
 
oilfield
a region rich in petroleum deposits (especially one with producing oil wells)
 
Ojos del Salado
a mountain in the Andes on the border between Argentina and Chile (22,572 feet high)
 
old country
the country of origin of an immigrant
 
Old Dominion State
a state in the eastern United States; one of the original 13 colonies; one of the Confederate States in the American Civil War
 
Old Ironsides
a United States 44-gun frigate that was one of the first three naval ships built by the United States; it won brilliant victories over British frigates during the War of 1812 and is without doubt the most famous ship in the history of the United States Navy; it has been rebuilt and is anchored in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston
 
Old Line State
a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies
 
Old North State
a state in southeastern United States; one of the original 13 colonies
 
Old South
the South of the United States before the American Civil War
 
Old World
the regions of the world that were known to Europeans before the discovery of the Americas
 
Olympic National Park
a national park in Washington having rain forests of giant evergreens
 
Omaha
largest city in Nebraska; located in eastern Nebraska on the Missouri river; a major transportation center of the Midwest
 
Omdurman
a city of Sudan; located in the central Sudan on the White Nile opposite Khartoum
 
Omiya
a city of east central Honshu; a suburb of Tokyo
 
Omsk
a city in the Asian part of Russia
 
one-way street
a street on which vehicular traffic is allowed to move in only one direction
 
Ontario
a prosperous and industrialized province in central Canada
 
open
where the air is unconfined
 
open-hearth furnace
a furnace for making steel in which the steel is placed on a shallow hearth and flames of burning gas and hot air play over it
 
opera
a building where musical dramas are performed
 
opium den
a building where opium is sold and used
 
Oporto
port city in northwest Portugal; noted for port wine
 
optic axis
in a doubly refracting crystal, the line in the direction of which no double refraction occurs
 
optic axis
a line that passes through the center of curvature of a lens so that light is neither reflected nor refracted
 
OR
a room in a hospital equipped for the performance of surgical operations
 
oracle
a shrine where an oracular god is consulted
 
Oracle of Apollo
(Greek mythology) the oracle at Delphi where a priestess supposedly delivered messages from Apollo to those who sought advice; the messages were usually obscure or ambiguous
 
Oran
a port city in northwestern Algeria and the country's 2nd largest city
 
Orange Free State
a province in central South Africa that was colonized by the Boers; named Free State in 1997
 
orange grove
grove of orange trees
 
orangery
a place where oranges are grown; a plantation of orange trees in warm climes or a greenhouse in cooler areas
 
orchestra
seating on the main floor in a theater
 
orchestra pit
lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers
 
ordinary
an early bicycle with a very large front wheel and small back wheel
 
ore bed
a stratum of ore
 
organ loft
a gallery occupied by a church organ
 
oriel
a projecting bay window corbeled or cantilevered out from a wall
 
Orissa
state in eastern India on the Bay of Bengal
 
Orizaba
a city of east central Mexico (west of Veracruz); a popular resort
 
Orlando
a city in central Florida; site of Walt Disney World
 
Orleanais
a former province of north central France; centered around Orleans
 
Orleans
a city on the Loire river in north central France; site of the siege of Orleans by the English (1428-1429)
 
Orly
a southeastern suburb of Paris; site of an international airport serving Paris
 
ornithopter
heavier-than-air craft that is propelled by the flapping of wings
 
Orono
a university town in east central Maine on the Penobscot River to the north of Bangor
 
orphan site
a toxic waste area where the polluter could not be identified or the polluter refused to take action or pay for the cleanup
 
orphanage
a public institution for the care of orphans
 
orphrey
a richly embroidered edging on an ecclesiastical vestment
 
Orumiyeh
a city on the western side of Lake Urmia in northwestern Iran
 
Osaka
port city on southern Honshu on Osaka Bay; a commercial and industrial center of Japan
 
Osasco
a city in southeastern Brazil; suburb of Sao Paulo
 
Ostrava
an industrial city in northwestern Czech Republic in the Moravian lowlands; located in the coal mining area of Silesia
 
OTC market
a stock exchange where securities transactions are made via telephone and computer rather than on the floor of an exchange
 
Ottumwa
a town in southeast Iowa
 
oubliette
a dungeon with the only entrance or exit being a trap door in the ceiling
 
Oujda
a city in northeastern Morocco near the Algerian border
 
outback
the bush country of the interior of Australia
 
outboard
a motorboat with an outboard motor
 
outbuilding
a building that is subordinate to and separate from a main building
 
outer space
any location outside the Earth's atmosphere
 
outfield
the area of a baseball playing field beyond the lines connecting the bases
 
outfitter
a shop that provides equipment for some specific purpose
 
outport
a subsidiary port built in deeper water than the original port (but usually farther from the center of trade)
 
outpost
a military post stationed at a distance from the main body of troops
 
outpost
a station in a remote or sparsely populated location
 
outrigger canoe
a seagoing canoe (as in South Pacific) with an outrigger to prevent it from upsetting
 
outskirts
outlying areas (as of a city or town)
 
outsole
the outer sole of a shoe or boot that is the bottom of the shoe and makes contact with the ground
 
outwork
subsidiary defensive structure lying outside the main fortified area
 
Oval Office
the office of the President of the United States in the White House
 
overhang
projection that extends beyond or hangs over something else
 
overlook
a high place affording a good view
 
overthrust fault
a geological fault in which the upper side appears to have been pushed upward by compression
 
Oviedo
a city in northwestern Spain near the Cantabrian Mountains
 
Owensboro
a town in northwestern Kentucky on the Ohio River; a tobacco market
 
oxbow
a wooden framework bent in the shape of a U; its upper ends are attached to the horizontal yoke and the loop goes around the neck of an ox
 
Oxbridge
general term for an ancient and prestigious and privileged university (especially Oxford University or Cambridge University)
 
oxcart
a cart that is drawn by an ox
 
oxeye
an oval or round dormer window
 
Oxford
a city in southern England to the northwest of London; site of Oxford University
 
Oxford
a university town in northern Mississippi; home of William Faulkner
 
Oxford University
a university in England
 
oyster bank
a workplace where oysters are bred and grown
 
ozone hole
an area of the ozone layer (near the poles) that is seasonally depleted of ozone
 
ozone layer
a layer in the stratosphere (at approximately 20 miles) that contains a concentration of ozone sufficient to block most ultraviolet radiation from the sun
 
pace car
a high-performance car that leads a parade of competing cars through the pace lap and then pulls off the course
 
Pacific Northwest
a region of the northwestern United States usually including Washington and Oregon and sometimes southwestern British Columbia
 
Pacinian corpuscle
a specialized bulblike nerve ending located in the subcutaneous tissue of the skin; occurs abundantly in the skin of palms and soles and joints and genitals
 
packing box
a small chamber in which packing is compressed around a reciprocating shaft or piston to form a seal
 
packing plant
a plant where livestock are slaughtered and processed and packed as meat products
 
packinghouse
a building where foodstuffs are processed and packed
 
paddle steamer
a steam vessel propelled by paddle wheels
 
paddock
pen where racehorses are saddled and paraded before a race
 
paddy
an irrigated or flooded field where rice is grown
 
Paducah
a town in western Kentucky on the Ohio River
 
pagoda
an Asian temple; usually a pyramidal tower with an upward curving roof
 
Pahang
sultanate and one of the 13 states that constitute the Federation of Malaysia
 
Painted Desert
a desert on a high plateau in northeastern Arizona
 
palace
official residence of an exalted person (as a sovereign)
 
palace
a large ornate exhibition hall
 
Palace of Versailles
a palace built in the 17th century for Louis XIV southwest of Paris near the city of Versailles
 
palaestra
a public place in ancient Greece or Rome devoted to the training of wrestlers and other athletes
 
palankeen
a closed litter carried on the shoulders of four bearers
 
palate
the upper surface of the mouth that separates the oral and nasal cavities
 
palatinate
a territory under the jurisdiction of a count palatine
 
Palatinate
a territory in southwestern Germany formerly ruled by the counts palatine
 
Palermo
the capital of Sicily; located in northwestern Sicily; an important port for 3000 years
 
Palestine
a former British mandate on the east coast of the Mediterranean; divided between Jordan and Israel in 1948
 
paling
a fence made of upright pickets
 
palisade
fortification consisting of a strong fence made of stakes driven into the ground
 
Pall Mall
a fashionable street in London noted for its many private clubs
 
Palm Beach
a resort town in southeast Florida on an island on the Atlantic coast
 
Palmetto State
a state in the Deep South; one of the original 13 colonies
 
Palo Alto
a university town in California
 
pampas
the vast grassy plains of northern Argentina
 
Panama Canal
a ship canal 40 miles long across the Isthmus of Panama built by the United States (1904-1914)
 
Panama Canal Zone
a zone consisting of a strip of land across the Isthmus of Panama that contains the Panama Canal
 
Panama City
a resort and fishing town on the Gulf of Mexico in northwest Florida
 
Panamanian capital
the capital and largest city of Panama
 
panda car
a police cruiser
 
panel heating
heating system consisting of wall or floor or baseboard or ceiling panels containing electric conductors or heating pipes
 
Pango Pango
a port in American Samoa
 
panhandle
a relatively narrow strip of land projecting from some larger area
 
pannier
set of small hoops used to add fullness over the hips
 
panopticon
a circular prison with cells distributed around a central surveillance station; proposed by Jeremy Bentham in 1791
 
panopticon
an area where everything is visible
 
pantechnicon
a large moving van (especially one used for moving furniture)
 
pantheon
(antiquity) a temple to all the gods
 
pantheon
a monument commemorating a nation's dead heroes
 
panzer
an armored vehicle or tank
 
Papal States
the temporal dominions belonging to the pope (especially in central Italy)
 
Papeete
the capital of French Polynesia on the northwestern coast of Tahiti
 
paper mill
a mill where paper is manufactured
 
paper round
the route taken when delivering newspapers every day
 
Papua
the southeastern part of Papua New Guinea
 
parade ground
an area for holding parades
 
parapet
a low wall along the edge of a roof or balcony
 
parcel
an extended area of land
 
paries
(anatomy) a layer (a lining or membrane) that encloses a structure
 
Paris
a town in northeastern Texas
 
parish
the local subdivision of a diocese committed to one pastor
 
Park Avenue
a fashionable residential street in New York City
 
park
a large area of land preserved in its natural state as public property
 
Parkersburg
a city in northwestern West Virginia on the Ohio river
 
parking
space in which vehicles can be parked
 
parking space
a space where an automobile can be parked
 
parlor
reception room in an inn or club where visitors can be received
 
parquet
seating on the main floor between the orchestra and the parquet circle
 
parquet circle
seating at the rear of the main floor (beneath the balconies)
 
parsonage
an official residence provided by a church for its parson or vicar or rector
 
part
a line of scalp that can be seen when sections of hair are combed in opposite directions
 
part
the extended spatial location of something
 
parterre
an ornamental flower garden; beds and paths are arranged to form a pattern
 
Parthenon
the main temple of the goddess Athena; built on the acropolis in Athens more than 400 years B.C.; example of Doric architecture
 
Parthia
an ancient kingdom in Asia to the southeast of the Caspian Sea; it dominated southwestern Asia from about 250 BC to AD 226
 
particle detector
a chamber in which particles can be made visible
 
parts
the local environment
 
party wall
a wall erected on the line between two properties and shared by both owners
 
parvis
a courtyard or portico in front of a building (especially a cathedral)
 
Pasadena
a city in southwestern California to the east of Los Angeles
 
paseo
a path set aside for walking
 
passage
a way through or along which someone or something may pass
 
passageway
a passage between rooms or between buildings
 
passe-partout
a mounting for a picture using gummed tape
 
passenger ship
a ship built to carry passengers
 
passenger train
a train that carries passengers
 
passenger van
a van that carries passengers
 
pastry cart
a serving cart for displaying pastry desserts to restaurant patrons
 
Patagonia
region in southern South America between the Andes and the South Atlantic
 
Patagonian Desert
a semiarid region in southern South America
 
Patavium
a city in Veneto
 
patch
a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation
 
patchboard
telephone central where circuits are completed with patchcords
 
Paterson
a city of northeastern New Jersey
 
path
a way especially designed for a particular use
 
patio
usually paved outdoor area adjoining a residence
 
patisserie
a bakery specializing in French pastry
 
Patras
a port city in western Greece in the northwestern Peloponnese on an inlet of the Ionian Sea; was a major trade center from the 5th century BC to the 3rd century BC; commercial importance revived during the Middle Ages
 
patriarchate
the jurisdiction of a patriarch
 
patrol boat
a vessel assigned to patrol an area
 
pave
a setting with precious stones so closely set that no metal shows
 
pavement
walk consisting of a paved area for pedestrians; usually beside a street or roadway
 
Pays de la Loire
an agricultural region of western France on the Bay of Biscay
 
pea shooter
a straight narrow tube through which pellets (as dried peas) can be blown at a target
 
Peace Garden State
a state of north central United States bordering on Canada
 
peach orchard
a grove of peach trees
 
pearl fishery
a fishery where they fish for pearl oysters
 
Pearl Harbor
a harbor on Oahu to the west of Honolulu; location of a United States naval base that was attacked by the Japanese on 7 Dec 1941
 
pedestrian crossing
street crossing where pedestrians have right of way; often marked in some way (especially with diagonal stripes)
 
pediment
a triangular gable between a horizontal entablature and a sloping roof
 
pelican crossing
an acronym for pedestrian light control; a pedestrian crossing with traffic lights that are controlled by pedestrians
 
Pelican State
a state in southern United States on the Gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War
 
pen
an enclosure for confining livestock
 
pen
a correctional institution for those convicted of major crimes
 
pen
a portable enclosure in which babies may be left to play
 
penal colony
a penal institution where prisoners are exiled (often located on an island from which escape is difficult or impossible)
 
penal facility
an institution where persons are confined for punishment and to protect the public
 
Penang
the second smallest Malaysian state; located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia
 
penetralium
the innermost parts
 
Peninsular Malaysia
the region of Malaysia on the Malay Peninsula; shares a land border with Thailand to the north
 
Pennsylvania
one of the British colonies that formed the United States
 
penny arcade
an arcade with coin-operated devices for entertainment
 
Pensacola
a town in extreme northwest Florida
 
penstock
conduit that carries a rapid flow of water controlled by a sluicegate
 
Pentagon
a government building with five sides that serves as the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense
 
penthouse
an apartment located on the top floors of a building
 
People's Republic of Bangladesh
a Muslim republic in southern Asia bordered by India to the north and west and east and the Bay of Bengal to the south; formerly part of India and then part of Pakistan; it achieved independence in 1971
 
People's Republic of China
a communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the world
 
Peoria
a city in central Illinois on the Illinois River
 
Perak
sultanate and one of the 13 states that constitute the Federation of Malaysia
 
perch
an elevated place serving as a seat
 
perforation
a hole made in something
 
perfumery
an establishment where perfumes are made
 
perfumery
store where perfumes are sold
 
Pergamum
an ancient Greek city located in the western part of what is now modern Turkey; the technique of preparing sheepskins as parchment was developed here
 
periapsis
(astronomy) the point in an orbit closest to the body being orbited
 
perigee
periapsis in Earth orbit; the point in its orbit where a satellite is nearest to the Earth
 
perigon
an angle of 360 degrees
 
perihelion
periapsis in solar orbit; the point in the orbit of a planet or comet where it is nearest to the sun
 
perijove
periapsis in orbit around Jupiter
 
perilune
periapsis in orbit around the moon
 
peristyle
a colonnade surrounding a building or enclosing a court
 
Perlis
the smallest Malaysian state; located at the northern part of the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia
 
Pernambuco
a port city of northeastern Brazil on the Atlantic
 
Persepolis
an ancient city that was the capital of the ancient Persian Empire; now in ruins
 
Persian Empire
an empire in southern Asia created by Cyrus the Great in the 6th century BC and destroyed by Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC
 
personnel carrier
a military vehicle (usually armored) for transporting military personnel and their equipment
 
Perth
the state capital of Western Australia
 
Peshawar
city in northern Pakistan at the eastern end of the Khyber Pass
 
pesthole
a breeding ground for epidemic disease
 
pet shop
a shop where pet animals can be purchased
 
Petersburg
a town in southeastern Virginia (south of Richmond); scene of heavy fighting during the American Civil War
 
Petrified Forest National Park
a national park in Arizona having the world's largest collection of petrified coniferous trees
 
Petronas Towers
twin skyscrapers built in Kuala Lumpur in 1997; 1482 feet high
 
phaeton
large open car seating four with folding top
 
Philippi
a city in ancient Macedonia that was important in early Christianity
 
Philippopolis
an ancient city in southern Bulgaria; commercial center of an agricultural region
 
Philistia
an ancient region on the coast of southwestern Palestine that was strategically located on a trade route between Syria and Egypt; important in biblical times
 
Phoenicia
an ancient maritime country (a collection of city states) at eastern end of the Mediterranean
 
photosphere
the intensely luminous surface of a star (especially the sun)
 
phrontistery
an establishment for study and learning (sometimes including modern universities)
 
Phrygia
an ancient country in western and central Asia Minor
 
physics lab
a laboratory for research in physics
 
piazza
a public square with room for pedestrians
 
Picardie
a region of northern France on the English Channel
 
picket
a vehicle performing sentinel duty
 
picket boat
a boat serving as a picket
 
picket ship
a ship serving as a picket
 
pickup
a light truck with an open body and low sides and a tailboard
 
picnic area
a tract of land set aside for picnicking
 
picture frame
a framework in which a picture is mounted
 
picture window
a large window with a single pane (usually overlooking a view)
 
pied-a-terre
lodging for occasional or secondary use
 
Piedmont
the plateau between the coastal plain and the Appalachian Mountains: parts of Virginia and North and South Carolina and Georgia and Alabama
 
Piemonte
the region of northwestern Italy; includes the Po valley
 
pier arch
an arch supported on piers
 
Pierre Laporte Bridge
a suspension bridge across the Saint Lawrence River at Quebec
 
pig farm
a farm where pigs are raised or kept
 
pigpen
a pen for swine
 
pike
a sharp point (as on the end of a spear)
 
Pike's Peak
a mountain peak in the Rockies in central Colorado (14,109 feet high)
 
pillar box
a red pillar-shaped letter box
 
pillbox
a small enclosed gun emplacement (usually of fortified concrete)
 
pilot balloon
meteorological balloon used to observe air currents
 
pilot boat
a boat to carry pilots to and from large ships
 
pilot engine
a locomotive that precedes a train to check the track
 
pilothouse
an enclosed compartment from which a vessel can be navigated
 
Pilsen
a town in Czech Republic where Pilsner beer originated
 
Pimlico
a racetrack for thoroughbred racing; site of the Preakness
 
pin
cylindrical tumblers consisting of two parts that are held in place by springs; when they are aligned with a key the bolt can be thrown
 
Pine Bluff
a town in southeast central Arkansas on the Arkansas River
 
Pine Tree State
a state in New England
 
pinfold
a pen where stray animals are confined
 
pinhead
the head of a pin
 
pinnacle
(architecture) a slender upright spire at the top of a buttress of tower
 
pinnacle
a lofty peak
 
pinpoint
the sharp point of a pin
 
Pinsk
a city of southwestern Belarus
 
pipage
a long tube made of metal or plastic that is used to carry water or oil or gas etc.
 
pipe rack
a rack for holding a smoker's pipes
 
pipe
a tube with a small bowl at one end; used for smoking tobacco
 
pirate
a ship that is manned by pirates
 
Pisa
a city in Tuscany; site of the famous Leaning Tower
 
Pisces the Fishes
the twelfth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about February 19 to March 20
 
Pissis
a mountain in the Andes in Argentina (22,241 feet high)
 
piste
a ski run densely packed with snow
 
piste
a flat rectangular area for fencing bouts
 
pit
(auto racing) an area at the side of a racetrack where the race cars are serviced and refueled
 
pit
(commodity exchange) the part of the floor of a commodity exchange where trading in a particular commodity is carried on
 
pit
an enclosure in which animals are made to fight
 
pitch
a vendor's position (especially on the sidewalk)
 
pitch
a sports field with predetermined dimensions for playing soccer
 
pithead
the entrance to a coal mine
 
pitprop
a wooden prop used to support the roof of a mine
 
Pittsburgh
a city in southwestern Pennsylvania where the confluence of the Allegheny River and Monongahela River forms the Ohio River; long an important urban industrial area; site of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh
 
Pittsburgh of the South
the largest city in Alabama; located in northeastern Alabama
 
Pittsfield
a town in western Massachusetts
 
pivoting window
a window that opens by pivoting either horizontally or vertically
 
pizza parlor
a shop where pizzas are made and sold
 
place
a general vicinity
 
place
the particular portion of space occupied by something
 
place
any area set aside for a particular purpose
 
place
a space reserved for sitting (as in a theater or on a train or airplane)
 
place
a point located with respect to surface features of some region
 
plane angle
an angle formed by two straight lines (in the same plane)
 
planetarium
a building housing an instrument for projecting the positions of the planets onto a domed ceiling
 
planned community
a residential district that is planned for a certain class of residents
 
Plano
a city in northeastern Texas (suburb of Dallas)
 
plastic laminate
a laminate made by bonding plastic layers
 
Plataea
a former town in Boeotia; site of a battle between the Greeks and Persians in 479 BC
 
plate rack
a rack for holding plates to dry after they have been washed
 
platform
any military structure or vehicle bearing weapons
 
Platt National Park
a national park in Oklahoma having mineral springs
 
playground
yard consisting of an outdoor area for children's play
 
playground
an area where many people go for recreation
 
pleasance
a pleasant and secluded part of a garden; usually attached to a mansion
 
plenum
an enclosed space in which the air pressure is higher than outside
 
pleural space
the small potential space between the parietal and visceral layers of the pleura
 
Plimsoll line
waterlines to show the level the water should reach when the ship is properly loaded
 
plug
blockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly
 
plumbing
utility consisting of the pipes and fixtures for the distribution of water or gas in a building and for the disposal of sewage
 
plyboard
a laminate made of thin layers of wood
 
Plymouth
a town in Massachusetts founded by Pilgrims in 1620
 
PO box number
the number of a letter box at the post office where mail is collected
 
Pobedy Peak
a mountain peak in the Tien Shan mountains in northern India (24,406 feet high)
 
Pocatello
a university town in southeastern Idaho
 
pocket
(bowling) the space between the headpin and the pins behind it on the right or left
 
pocket
an opening at the corner or on the side of a billiard table into which billiard balls are struck
 
pocket battleship
a small battleship built to conform with treaty limitations on tonnage and armament (from 1925 to 1930)
 
pocket
an enclosed space
 
point
sharp end
 
point
the precise location of something; a spatially limited location
 
point of entry
a port in the United States where customs officials are stationed to oversee the entry and exit of people and merchandise
 
point source
a concentrated source (especially of radiation or pollution) that is spatially constricted
 
pointed arch
an arch with a pointed apex; characteristic of Gothic architecture
 
Poitou-Charentes
a low-lying region of west central France on the Bay of Biscay
 
polar circle
a line of latitude at the north or south poles
 
pole
one of two antipodal points where the Earth's axis of rotation intersects the Earth's surface
 
pole position
the most favorable position at the start of a race
 
police boat
a boat used by harbor police
 
police headquarters
a station that serves as headquarters for police in a particular district; serves as a place from which policemen are dispatched and to which arrested persons are brought
 
police precinct
a precinct in which law enforcement is the responsibility of particular police force
 
poll
the part of the head between the ears
 
polling booth
a temporary booth in a polling place which people enter to cast their votes
 
polling place
a place where voters go to cast their votes in an election
 
polls
the place where people vote
 
polyhedral angle
the space enclosed by three or more planes that intersect in a vertex
 
Pompeii
ancient city to the southeast of Naples that was buried by a volcanic eruption from Vesuvius
 
Ponte 25 de Abril
a suspension bridge across the Tagus River at Lisbon
 
pontoon
(nautical) a floating structure (as a flat-bottomed boat) that serves as a dock or to support a bridge
 
Pontus
an ancient region of northern Asia Minor on the Black Sea; it reached its height under Mithridates VI but was later incorporated into the Roman Empire
 
pool
something resembling a pool of liquid
 
poolroom
a room with pool tables where pool is played
 
poorhouse
an establishment maintained at public expense in order to provide housing for the poor and homeless
 
pop tent
a small tent that is easy to carry and quick to set up
 
Poplar Bluff
a town in southeast Missouri
 
populated area
a geographical area constituting a city or town
 
porch
a structure attached to the exterior of a building often forming a covered entrance
 
pore
any tiny hole admitting passage of a liquid (fluid or gas)
 
pore
a minute epidermal pore in a leaf or stem through which gases and water vapor can pass
 
port
a place (seaport or airport) where people and merchandise can enter or leave a country
 
Port Arthur
a major port city in northeastern China on the Liaodong Peninsula; now a part of Luda
 
Port Louis
capital and chief port of Mauritius; located on the northwestern coast of the island
 
port of call
any port where a ship stops except its home port
 
Port Sudan
port city in Sudan on the Red Sea
 
portage
overland track between navigable waterways
 
portal
a grand and imposing entrance (often extended metaphorically)
 
portcullis
gate consisting of an iron or wooden grating that hangs in the entry to a castle or fortified town; can be lowered to prevent passage
 
porte-cochere
a carriage entrance passing through a building to an enclosed courtyard
 
porthole
a window in a ship or airplane
 
portico
a porch or entrance to a building consisting of a covered and often columned area
 
Portland
freshwater port and largest city in Oregon; located in northwestern Oregon on the Willamette River which divides the city into east and west sections; renowned for its beautiful natural setting among the mountains
 
Portland
largest city in Maine in the southwestern corner of the state
 
Portsmouth
a port town in southeastern New Hampshire on the Atlantic Ocean
 
Portsmouth
a port city in southeastern Virginia on the Elizabeth River opposite Norfolk; naval base; shipyards
 
Portsmouth
a port city in southern England on the English Channel; Britain's major naval base
 
Portuguese Republic
a republic in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula; Portuguese explorers and colonists in the 15th and 16th centuries created a vast overseas empire (including Brazil)
 
position
the appropriate or customary location
 
possession
a territory that is controlled by a ruling state
 
post and lintel
a structure consisting of vertical beams (posts) supporting a horizontal beam (lintel)
 
post chaise
closed horse-drawn carriage with four wheels; formerly used to transport passengers and mail
 
post house
an inn for exchanging post horses and accommodating riders
 
post road
a road over which mail is carried
 
post
the position where someone (as a guard or sentry) stands or is assigned to stand
 
Post-Office box
a numbered compartment in a post office where mail is put to be called for
 
postern
a small gate in the rear of a fort or castle
 
pot farm
a plot of ground where marijuana is grown and harvested (often hidden in a national forest)
 
Potomac
term sometimes used to refer to Washington, D.C.
 
Potsdam
a city in northeastern Germany; site of the Potsdam Conference in the summer of 1945
 
potter's field
a cemetery for unknown or indigent people
 
pottery
a workshop where clayware is made
 
POW camp
a camp for prisoners of war
 
power plant
an electrical generating station
 
power pylon
a large vertical steel tower supporting high-tension power lines
 
practice range
a place for practicing golf shots
 
praetorium
the tent of an ancient Roman general
 
prairie
a treeless grassy plain
 
precinct
a district of a city or town marked out for administrative purposes
 
prefab
a prefabricated structure
 
prefecture
the district administered by a prefect (as in France or Japan or the Roman Empire)
 
premises
land and the buildings on it
 
presbytery
building reserved for the officiating clergy
 
Prescott
a town in central Arizona
 
presence chamber
room in which a monarch or other great person receives guests, assemblies, etc.
 
preserve
a reservation where animals are protected
 
presidio
a fortress established in the southwestern United States by the Spanish in order to protect their missions and other holdings
 
press box
box reserved for reporters (as at a sports event)
 
press gallery
an area (sometimes in a balcony) set aside for reporters (especially in a legislative hall)
 
pressure cabin
cabin consisting of the pressurized section of an aircraft or spacecraft
 
pressure point
any of several points on the body where the pulse can be felt and where pressure on an underlying artery will control bleeding from that artery at a more distal point
 
Preussen
a former kingdom in north-central Europe including present-day northern Germany and northern Poland
 
pride of place
the first or highest or most important or most ostentatious place
 
prime meridian
meridian at zero degree longitude from which east and west are reckoned (usually the Greenwich longitude in England)
 
Prince Edward Island
an island in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence; the smallest province of Canada
 
princedom
territory ruled by a prince
 
Princeton
a university town in central New Jersey
 
Princeton University
a university in New Jersey
 
Principality of Andorra
a small republic in the eastern Pyrenees between Spain and France
 
Principality of Liechtenstein
a small landlocked principality (constitutional monarchy) in central Europe located in the Alps between Austria and Switzerland
 
Principality of Monaco
a constitutional monarchy in a tiny enclave on the French Riviera
 
print shop
a workplace where printing is done
 
priory
religious residence in a monastery governed by a prior or a convent governed by a prioress
 
prison camp
a camp for trustworthy prisoners employed in government projects
 
prison
a correctional institution where persons are confined while on trial or for punishment
 
privateer
a privately owned warship commissioned to prey on the commercial shipping or warships of an enemy nation
 
privet hedge
hedge of privet plants
 
profile
an outline of something (especially a human face as seen from one side)
 
projectile
any vehicle self-propelled by a rocket engine
 
projection
any structure that branches out from a central support
 
Promised Land
an ancient country in southwestern Asia on the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea; a place of pilgrimage for Christianity and Islam and Judaism
 
prompt box
a booth projecting above the floor in the front of a stage where the prompter sits; opens toward the performers on stage
 
prong
a pointed projection
 
prop
a support placed beneath or against something to keep it from shaking or falling
 
propeller plane
an airplane that is driven by a propeller
 
property line
the boundary line between two pieces of property
 
propjet
an airplane with an external propeller that is driven by a turbojet engine
 
proportion
balance among the parts of something
 
proprioceptor
special nerve endings in the muscles and tendons and other organs that respond to stimuli regarding the position and movement of the body
 
proscenium arch
the arch over the opening in the proscenium wall
 
proscenium
the wall that separates the stage from the auditorium in a modern theater
 
Provence
a former province of southeastern France; now administered with Cote d'Azur
 
province
the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation
 
provincial capital
the capital city of a province
 
proving ground
a workplace for testing new equipment or ideas
 
Provo
a city in north central Utah settled by Mormons
 
proximity
the region close around a person or thing
 
PT boat
a small fast unarmored and lightly armed torpedo boat; P(atrol) T(orpedo) boat
 
public square
an open area at the meeting of two or more streets
 
public transit
a public transportation system for moving passengers
 
public transport
conveyance for passengers or mail or freight
 
public works
structures (such as highways or schools or bridges or docks) constructed at government expense for public use