China

Definitions

  • Sketch map of China
    Sketch map of China
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n china high quality porcelain originally made only in China
    • n china dishware made of high quality porcelain
    • n China a communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the world
    • n China a government on the island of Taiwan established in 1949 by Chiang Kai-shek after the conquest of mainland China by the Communists led by Mao Zedong
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: China has more English speakers than the United States
    • China A country in Eastern Asia.
    • China China ware, which is the modern popular term for porcelain. See Porcelain.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first United States president to visit China was Richard Nixon
    • n china The common name of porcelain and of porcelain-ware. See porcelain.
    • n china Cinchona bark.
    • n china Quinine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Watermelon is considered a good gift to give a host in Japan and China
    • n China chīn′a fine kind of earthenware, originally made in China: porcelain
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Quotations

  • Pearl S. Buck
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    “We send missionaries to China so the Chinese can get to heaven, but we won't let them into our country.”
  • Chou En Lai
    Chou En Lai
    “China has no income tax, no unemployment and not a single soldier outside its borders.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
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    “Glass, china, and reputation are easily cracked, and never mended well.”

Idioms

All the tea in China - If someone won't do something for all the tea in China, they won't do it no matter how much money they are offered.
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Bull in a China shop - If someone behaves like a bull in a China shop, they are clumsy when they should be careful.
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Slow boat to China - This idiom is used to describe something that is very slow and takes a long time.
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What does that have to do with the price of tea in China? - This idiom is often used when someone says something irrelevant to the topic being discussed.
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Usage

In literature:

With China as yet too weak to protect herself, Japan is virtually master of the situation.
"Where Half The World Is Waking Up" by Clarence Poe
It was natural, being on this Pacific sea, to suggest a laborer in northern China.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 38, No. 06, June, 1884" by Various
They are races among whom civilisation did not spring up, as it did in China or in Peru.
"History of Religion" by Allan Menzies
In Northern China wooden casks or barrels are unknown.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
These are cheap and durable, and are placed on the tiled floors so common in the colder parts of China.
"Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern" by Rosa Belle Holt
The 'predetermined order of development' has not destined the peoples of the earth to the melancholy fate of China.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 5, November, 1863" by Various
I always wanted to see China and Japan, but never spozed I should.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
The civilization of India and China.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
They will probably grow spontaneously in China.
"Letters from China and Japan" by John Dewey
The convention between France and China of the 20th of June 1895 brought China into sharp conflict with Great Britain.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
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In poetry:

We love and lose in China,
we weep on England's moors,
and laugh and moan in Guinea,
and thrive on Spanish shores.
"Human Family" by Maya Angelou
I would not spoil its lovely face,
And so I go behind it,
And hold it like a china vase,
So careful when I wind it.
"The Little Clock" by Hattie Howard
So everywhere we find the Fan,--
In lonely isles of the Pacific,
In farthest China and Japan,--
Wherever suns are sudorific.
"The First Fan" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Oh did she ever dream of Jack?
The boy who nevermore came back,
And never will, I heard that he
Was drowned in the China Sea.
"My Rival" by Robert W Service
O vile imprudence on his side!
Confusion seiz'd th'intended bride.
What female could refrain from crying,
Her china, or her honour, flying?
"John Bolders" by William Hutton
He showed him the shops of the china ware,
And of silk and sendal also,
And he showed him the baths and the waterpipes
On arches aloft that go.
"The Song of The Little Baltung: A.D. 395" by Charles Kingsley

In news:

Tightly scripted, and highly ceremonial, the selection of the 18th national congress of China's Communist Party carries great significance for China, and, increasingly, the rest of the world.
Cosco and China Cargo Airlines are trying to sell their combined 30.7 percent stake in Shanghai Eastern Logistics, according to various reports in China.
In Hong Kong, when British troops were preparing to hand over their garrisons to China, China negotiated the arrival of military advance teams.
Rockwell Collins China managing director Ron Ho believes business for aircraft head-up displays ( HUD ) in China will soon be looking up.
All this complicates China's effort to turn the history of Japan's historical misdeeds into leverage in the dispute over those uninhabited islets in the East China Sea, the ones known to China as the Diaoyu and to Japan as the Senkakus.
CHINA DAILY/REUTERS China house A car stops beside a house in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling, Zhejiang province, on Thursday.
Jinling Chu's ace pulled China in front 19-18 in the hard-fought third set, which was won when China could not return another kill by Hodge.
China has stood at the forefront of an increasingly bitter dispute over Europe's insistence on imposing its emissions trading scheme on non-European carriers such as China Eastern Airlines, but now the European Commission has backed off.
But on Wednesday, it revised those figures sharply upward, from 14.78 percent for US imports made by China's Suntech to 15.97 percent for imports made by China's Trina Solar.
China already accuses the US of discriminating against its companies, although analysts say American firms face bigger obstructions investing in China.
Other potential investors in the group are New China Life Insurance Co. AIG Says Investor Group in Talks to buy 90% of Plane Lease Unit Other potential investors in the group are New China Life Insurance Co.
Ishihara, 80, stirred up the latest dispute with China over a cluster of islands in the East China Sea both countries claim by proposing the Tokyo government buy the islands from their private Japanese owners.
The story is told that a group of Jews from New York, on a trip to China, wanted to see the synagogue at Kaifeng in China, where there had been Jews since the 10th century.
China announced Monday that the joint venture has one million policies in China.
The group — which is led by New China Trust Co. And also includes China Aviation Industrial Fund and P3 Investments — has the option of purchasing an additional 9.9 percent of the company.
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In science:

Lions J. L., Some Methods in the Mathematical Analysis of Systems and their Control, Science Press, Beijing, China, 1981.
Existence and homogenization of the Rayleigh-B\'enard problem
East China University of Science and Technology, P. O.
On the properties of random multiplicative measures with the multipliers exponentially distributed
Fundamental Researches of China (No. G1999022103).
On the properties of random multiplicative measures with the multipliers exponentially distributed
Department of Mathematics, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China.
Generalization of Grover's Algorithm to Multiobject Search in Quantum Computing, Part II: General Unitary Transformations
Supported in part by a grant from Natural Science Foundation of China.
Generalization of Grover's Algorithm to Multiobject Search in Quantum Computing, Part II: General Unitary Transformations
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