• WordNet 3.6
    • n Vatican the residence of the Catholic Pope in the Vatican City
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Vatican City is the smallest country in the world, with a population of 1000 and a size 108.7 acres
    • n Vatican A magnificent assemblage of buildings at Rome, near the church of St. Peter, including the pope's palace, a museum, a library, a famous chapel, etc.☞ The word is often used to indicate the papal authority.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The world's smallest independent state is the Vatican City, with a population of about 1,000 and a zero birthrate.
    • n Vatican The palace of the Popes, a mass of buildings of vast extent, built upon the Vatican hill, immediately to the north of the basilica of St. Peter at Rome. Since the close of the papal schism (about 1418) the Vatican has been the principal residence of the Popes, and since the conversion of Rome into the capital of Italy (1870) officially their only residence. As such, and as the storehouse of priceless literary and artistic collections. it is one of the chief treasuries of Rome and of the world. Hence, the Vatican is used as equivalent to the papal power or government: as in the phrase the thunders of the Vatican, the anathemas or denunciations of the Pope. The Vatican is also in familiar use as a designation for the museums of sculpture and painting which are there aggregated.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Vatican City is the smallest country in the world. It’s just 0.17 square miles. Monaco is the second smallest at 0.7 square miles.
    • n Vatican vat′i-kan an assemblage of buildings on the Vatican hill in Rome, including one of the pope's palaces: the papal authority
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  • Bill Cosby
    “That married couples can live together day after day is a miracle the Vatican has overlooked.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Vaticanus, mons, or collis, Vaticanus, the Vatican hill, in Rome, on the western bank of the Tiber: cf. F. Vatican, It. Vaticano,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—It. Vaticano—L. Mons Vaticanus, a hill in Rome.


In literature:

As he stepped into the shadow of one of the abutments, he heard the great clock of the Vatican strike seven.
"Monte-Cristo's Daughter" by Edmund Flagg
He sent her therefore assurances of his support, and assurances as strong reached her from the Vatican.
"History of the English People" by John Richard Green
Soon Bossuet stepped in and induced the Vatican to do for them what they could not do alone.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
They were just from Rome, and were bringing over the newly appointed Archbishop from the Vatican!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 378, April, 1847" by Various
To gain admission to the galleries of paintings and sculpture in the Vatican, it is necessary to procure tickets.
"Fair Italy, the Riviera and Monte Carlo" by W. Cope Devereux
The popes had their children in the Vatican and publicly married them there.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
The only other set is in the Vatican, you remember.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, June 10, 1914" by Various
The entrance of the grand procession from the Vatican was a very slow process.
"Glances at Europe" by Horace Greeley
The water-colour drawings of the same series were, in January, 1878, in the Camera di Udienza of the Vatican.
"Overbeck" by J. Beavington Atkinson
Many will be familiar with the Vatican pigeons and the fountain so frequently copied.
"Chats on Household Curios" by Fred W. Burgess
The chambers contained numerous inscriptions, which were detached and removed to the Vatican.
"The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 2" by George Gordon Byron
And why despair of this, or even of shaming the Vatican?
"On the Old Road Vol. 1 (of 2)" by John Ruskin
The Vatican alone would require years to be examined as it deserves.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
To the Vatican's dismay, he attracted a large number of followers from all over the world.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
The Cleopatra of Fletcher reminds us of the antique colossal statue of her in the Vatican, all grandeur and grace.
"Characteristics of Women" by Anna Jameson
"Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I" by Sir Moses Montefiore
The Pope lay concealed in the Vatican.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
I thrust it in my pouch and pursued my way to the Vatican, cudgelling my brains for some other means by which to save her.
"Romance of Roman Villas" by Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
The Vatican, which is the Pope's palace, is one of the first and most remarkable attractions for the traveller.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
An inferior Roman copy of this statue is in the Vatican.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy

In poetry:

Then she brought the twain together
In the gorgeous Vatican:
The pontiff and the emperor,
The monarch and the man.
"The March Of Freedom" by Ernest Jones
Within the broken Vatican
The murdered Pope is lying dead.
The soldiers of Valerian
Their evil hands are wet and red.
"St. Laurence" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
Ghastly Vatican.
I am sick to death of hot salt.
Green as eunuchs, your wishes
Hiss at my sins.
Off, off, eely tentacle!
There is nothing between us.
"Medusa" by Sylvia Plath
The Pope he is a happy man,
His Palace is the Vatican,
And there he sits and drains his can:
The Pope he is a happy man.
I often say when I'm at home,
I'd like to be the Pope of Rome.
"Commanders Of The Faithful" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

For centuries, the Vatican considered Spain the most Catholic country of Europe.
How close are US Catholic ties to the Vatican going to be in the future.
What is Going on in the Vatican.
Here Are Some More Catholic Sisters Who Rebelled Against The Vatican.
Hundreds of artifacts displayed at Vatican reveal unique, geometric designs.
Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican's secretary of state, is 77.
A letter from the Vatican warned them warned that a group that represents most of the nuns is straying from church teachings on abortion and homosexuality.
Vatican II A Sociological Analysis of Religious Change Melissa J Wilde Princeton University Press, $35, 224 pp.
Security Chief for the Vatican Was ' Guardian Angel ' to Pope.
English translation provided by the Vatican.
VATICAN CITY- The powerhouse brands we respect so very deeply don't just happen by accident.
Vatican digs in after gay marriage advances in US, Europe.
Second Vatican Council 's.
Father Roden-Lucero's guest column of Oct 21 discussed the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II).
Vatican II did not reinvent the Church but instead was rooted in sacred tradition.

In science:

Efstathiou, G. 1998, in Large Scale Motions in the Universe. A Vatican Study Week, ed. V. C.
Applications of Halo Approach to Non-Linear Large Scale Structure Clustering
It was first suggested by Wheeler at a 1970 Vatican conference and soon after by others [183, 96] that such a Penrose process may explain the energetics of superluminal jets commonly seen emerging from quasars and other black hole sources.
Foundations of Black Hole Accretion Disk Theory
Lynden-Bell, D. & Lahav, O.  , in Large Scale Motions in the Universe, Proceedings of the Vatican Study Week, ed. G.
Large-Scale Mass Distribution Behind the Galactic Plane
Efstathiou, Large Scale Motions in the Universe: A Vatican Study Week, eds.
Toward Understanding CMB Anisotropies and Their Implications
Table 4 gives the content of the Specola Vaticana archive, with plates coming from the astrograph in its historical locations in Rome and from the Schmidt telescope in Castelgandolfo. The Vatican archive is well preserved and ordered from the very first plate.
Digitatio and Scientific Exploitation of the Italian and Vatican Astronomical Plate Archives