Definition of District of columbia

1. Noun. 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.

Definition of District of columbia

1. Proper noun. The District of Columbia (U.S. federal district) is the federal capital of the United States of America. The City of Washington used to be a municipality within the District of Columbia until 1871 when two entities were merged. For this reason, the district is also generally known as Washington, D.C. ¹

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Medical Definition of District of columbia

1. A federal area located between maryland and virginia on the potomac river; it is coextensive with washington, d.c., which is the capital of the united states. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of District Of Columbia

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district of columbia (current term)

Literary usage of District of columbia

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Constitution of the United States of America: With an Alphabetical by William Hickey, United States (1854)
"... district of columbia. Established under the 17th clause, 8th section, 1st article of the Constitution of the United States: "Congress shall have power ..."

2. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1922)
"On Certificate from the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia. Suit by John C. Heald and others, as committee of the person and estate of Eugene ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1919)
"The history of the biology of the District of Columbia, ... A resume of the progress of botanical study in the District of Columbia since that time down to ..."

4. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1889)
"A similar concession, that the District of Columbia, being a separate political community, ... District of Columbia, decided at the present term. 132 U. 8. ..."

5. Thirty Years' View; Or, A History of the Working of the American Government by Thomas Hart Benton (1854)
"These petitions were thus referred, and, after a short period of time, the chairman of the Committee on the District of Columbia made a report to this House ..."

6. Bulletin by Public Ownership League of America (1922)
"Chapter III—Summary of Indeterminate Permit Laws and Experience I. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND INSULAR POSSESSIONS. Right to Amend or Repeal Reserved in ..."

7. The Social Welfare Forum: Official Proceedings [of The] Annual Meeting by National Conference on Social Welfare, American Social Science Association (1883)
"SARA A. SPENCER, District of Columbia: It is my duty to report the death, in May last, of Mr. George A. Caswell, Secretary of this Conference for the ..."

8. John Sherman's Recollections of Forty Years in the House, Senate and Cabinet by John Sherman (1895)
"Slavery in the District of Columbia Abolished — Law Goes Into Effect on April ... It had a foothold in the District of Columbia, but it existed there in its ..."

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