American

Definitions

  • North American Great Peacock
    North American Great Peacock
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj American of or relating to or characteristic of the continents and islands of the Americas "the American hemisphere","American flora and fauna"
    • adj American of or relating to the United States of America or its people or language or culture "American citizens","American English","the American dream"
    • n American the English language as used in the United States
    • n American a native or inhabitant of a North American or Central American or South American country
    • n American a native or inhabitant of the United States
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Additional illustrations & photos:

American and French field artillery gun crews American and French field artillery gun crews
The veteran of the Spanish-American war The veteran of the Spanish-American war
American being taught American being taught
Americans quartered in the mediaeval monastary of Pont St. Maxence Americans quartered in the mediaeval monastary of Pont St. Maxence
The American Trained Nurse The American Trained Nurse
White man, American. Dakota White man, American. Dakota
White man; American. Hidatsa White man; American. Hidatsa
The Russian Told Dad That Nicholas Just Doted On Americans 250 The Russian Told Dad That Nicholas Just Doted On Americans 250

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, 749 pounds of paper products is used by an American individual annually
    • n American A native of America; -- originally applied to the aboriginal inhabitants, but now applied to the descendants of Europeans born in America, and especially to the citizens of the United States. "The name American must always exalt the pride of patriotism."
    • American Of or pertaining to America; as, the American continent: American Indians.
    • American Of or pertaining to the United States. "A young officer of the American navy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Native Americans used to use pumpkin seeds for medicine
    • American Pertaining to the western hemisphere; belonging to or situated in either North or South America: as, the Amazon and other American rivers.
    • American In a more restricted sense, pertaining to the United States: as, an American citizen.
    • n American A native or an inhabitant of the western hemisphere, or, specifically, of North America: originally applied to the aboriginal races discovered by the Europeans, but now to the descendants of Europeans born in America, and, in the most restricted or popular sense, to the citizens of the United States.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, a Canadian girl owns seven Barbie dolls, whereas an American girl owns eight
    • adj American a-mer′ik-an pertaining to America, esp. to the United States
    • n American a native of America
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Quotations

  • Ruben Askew
    Ruben Askew
    “We must stop talking about the American dream and start listening to the dreams of the Americans.”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “I would rather have a nod from an American, than a snuff-box from an emperor.”
  • John Ciardi
    John Ciardi
    “The Constitution gives every American the inalienable right to make a damn fool of himself.”
  • Calvin Coolidge
    Calvin%20Coolidge
    “The business of America is business and the chief ideal of the American people is idealism.”
  • Ernest Dimnet
    Ernest Dimnet
    “Americans cannot realize how many chances for mental improvement they lose by their inveterate habit of keeping six conversations when there are twelve in the room.”
  • Lawrence S. Eagleburger
    Lawrence S. Eagleburger
    “Americans usually believe that nothing is impossible.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Named from Americus, Vespucius

Usage

In literature:

Most of the goods for sale were American, and some of them not the best type of American articles at that.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
Born in Denver, Colo. American parents.
"The Social Work of the Salvation Army" by Edwin Gifford Lamb
News from the American field is not only encouraging, but highly stimulating.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Americans, who visited Europe, were deeply impressed by the contrast.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
I studied the Americans most, for they were to me a new study, and I was very much pleased with the result.
"The Truth About America" by Edward Money
From the beginning of their American adventure they have had a keen desire to settle on land.
"A Stake in the Land" by Peter Alexander Speek
Would the American Indians in time have developed a high state of civilization?
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
An American leaned in the cavernous doorway.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
Many Americans, and German-Americans, were caught in Germany.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
As a rule, however, the Americans insist on being Americans, and nothing else.
"My Three Years in America" by Johann Heinrich Andreas Hermann Albrecht Graf von Bernstorff
Many members of the Guardia Civil in or near the territory held by the American troops joined the Americans.
"Porto Rico" by Arthur D. Hall
The American commander ordered the group brought before him and asked one of the Americans to relate the story of the capture.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
At the landing place, the army was joined by a band of American hunters who had just come from the French settlements.
"Hero Stories from American History" by Albert F. Blaisdell
There were furs to be found, under American protection, and sold at St. Louis, an American city.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
Thus Major Rogers was the first of the English Americans to be face to face with one of the master minds of the Indian Americans.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
The Americans lay before Quebec till spring, when the arrival of fresh troops, for the enemy, forced ours to retreat to Montreal.
"Burgoyne's Invasion of 1777" by Samuel Adams Drake
Spain lies too remote; besides which, it is only for the sake of her American mines that she keeps up her navy.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Volume III. 1791-1804" by Thomas Paine
As soon as they saw the Americans the children shrieked dismally and rushed out of sight.
"The Campaign of the Jungle" by Edward Stratemeyer
I'm afraid, Helen, we don't run on the same rails, as our American cousins say.
"The Silent Barrier" by Louis Tracy
A certain tincture of bookishness has pervaded the American people from the beginning.
"The Library and Society" by Various
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In poetry:

Said the World Bank skeleton
Cut down your trees
Said the I.M.F. skeleton
Buy American cheese
"Ballad Of The Skeletons" by Allen Ginsberg
American Detectives
Never remove their hats
When investigating murders
In other people's flats.
"Why?" by Spike Milligan
"No, never! no, never!"
The loyal millions say;
And 'tis they who rule this American Nation!
They, boys, they!
"Who Shall Rule This American Nation?" by Henry Clay Work
Our pastoral captain, skilled to crook
The spear into the pruning hook,
The simple, kindly man,
Lincoln, American.
"Lincoln" by John Vance Cheney
Would that I were an artist,
And to this American nation
I'd picture out the lynching crime
And show its revelation.
"A Human Artist" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Where the American who would be
A renegade to liberty;
Because of fear would turn and flee,
When duty calls him here.
"Strike For Equal Rights" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

As Americans cast their ballots and the clock ticks toward midnight in Mitt Romney's presidential quest, this much is clear: Americans didn't know much about the candidate's faith when this " Mormon moment" began.
As Americans cast their ballots and the clock ticks toward midnight in Mitt Romney's presidential quest, this much is clear: Americans didn't know much about the candidate's LDS faith when this " Mormon moment" began.
The AMA thanks American veterans the world over this Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov 11, for their willingness to serve to protect and defend the United States and the American way of life.
And there's no American flags or bald eagles or other "standard" American shots to be seen, a fact noted by a few American reporters in the audience at Monday's unveiling.
WASHINGTON — Iraq has released a Hezbollah operative who has been accused by American military prosecutors of the killing of American troops, terrorism and espionage, Iraqi and American officials said Friday.
The American Mustache Institute has bestowed the title of " Mustached American of the Year" on Adam Paul Causgrove of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The American Mustache Institute has named Adam Paul Causgrove, of Pennsylvania as the " Mustached American of the Year".
The American gun lobby is worried that mounting concern over gun violence in the rest of the world could result in regulations that would impinge on gun owners in the United States and on the American gun trade.
North Branch American Legion Post 85 Commander Jim Johnson presented 44-year Legion member Ray Sellnow with a glass and wood frame containing Sellnow's small American flag and a timeworn fountain pen his father used in WWI.
A nationwide shortage of nitroglycerin , a heart drug taken by hundreds of thousands of Americans to relieve pains from angina, has developed because of a manufacturing problem at a plant owned by the pill's only American maker.
A pioneer of poetry written in plain American English, Norse was mentor or peer to great talents in 20th century American literature, including Tennessee Williams, James Baldwin and Allen Ginsberg.
Wallace Nutting is best known for his hand-colored photographs depicting bucolic settings and scenes of early American life, but he was also an important maker of American reproduction furniture-pieces that are highly collectible today.
American Moderns, a new exhibit at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, features 57 pieces from American artists like Georgia O'Keeffe and Norman Rockwell.
A recent letter stated, in part, that "Every true American knows the American flag gets displayed always above other flags ".
In the days following the 9/11 attacks Americans began flying the American Flag.
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In science:

Secondly we thank the Anglo American Chairmans Fund and the SASOL for the support which made the meeting and the participation of JMG possible.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
Hua, Harmonic analysis of functions of several complex variables in the classical domains (original in chinese, translated to russian and then to english) english translation, American Math.
Probability density of determinants of random matrices
Levin, Zeros of entire functions, American Mathematical Society, Providence, R.I. 1964 [Lu] A. A.
Coordinate restrictions of linear operators in $l_2^n$
Gardner, On the meaning of randomness and some ways of achieving it, Scientific American, July 1968 p. 116 ; R.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI, 1996.
Classification of finite simple Lie conformal superalgebras
Lemaire, Selected topics in harmonic maps, CBMS Regional Conference Series in Mathematics, 50, Published for the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences, Washington, DC; by the American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI, 1983.
Harmonic morphisms with one-dimensional fibres on Einstein manifolds
The Fields Institute Monographs, American Mathematical Society, Providence, Rhode Island, 2000.
Branching rules of semi-simple Lie algebras using affine extensions
Julier, S. J., Uhlmann, J. K., and Durrant-Whyte, H. F., A New Approach for Filtering Nonlinear Systems, in Proceedings of the 1995 American Control Conference, pp. 1628–1632, Seattle, Washington, 1995.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
F. den Hollander, Large Deviations, Fields Institute Monographs, American Mathematical Society, Providence (Rhode Island), 2000. W. K¨onig, The drift of a one-dimensional self-avoiding random walk, Probab.
Weak-interaction limits for one-dimensional random polymers
Cuntz, The stucture of stable algebraical ly simple C ∗ -algebras, American J.
A simple C*-algebra with a finite and an infinite projection
Su, On a simple unital projectionless C ∗ -algebra, American J.
A simple C*-algebra with a finite and an infinite projection
Kirchberg and M. Rørdam, Non-simple purely infinite C ∗ -algebras, American J.
A simple C*-algebra with a finite and an infinite projection
Baum, P., Connes, A., and Higson, N., Classifying space for proper actions and K-theory of group C ∗ algebras, in: Contemporary Mathematics, Volume 167, American Mathematical Society, 1994, 241-291.
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
Bergman, The kernel function and conformal mapping, second revised edition, Mathematical Surveys 5, American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI, 1970. P.
Equilibrium distribution of zeros of random polynomials
Szeg¨o, Orthogonal polynomials, fourth edition, American Mathematical Society, Colloquium Publications, Vol. 23, American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI, 1975.
Equilibrium distribution of zeros of random polynomials
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