• WordNet 3.6
    • n city people living in a large densely populated municipality "the city voted for Republicans in 1994"
    • n city a large and densely populated urban area; may include several independent administrative districts "Ancient Troy was a great city"
    • n city an incorporated administrative district established by state charter "the city raised the tax rate"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Plan of the City of Quebec 1759 Plan of the City of Quebec 1759
City of Quebec 1759 City of Quebec 1759
City Hall, Quebec City Hall, Quebec
The "Dane John" from the City Wall Canterbury The "Dane John" from the City Wall Canterbury
City of Tombs City of Tombs
He Went to See the City--1-16-036 He Went to See the City--1-16-036

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: EPCOT stands for "Experimental Prototype City Of Tomorrow."
    • City A corporate town; in the United States, a town or collective body of inhabitants, incorporated and governed by a mayor and aldermen or a city council consisting of a board of aldermen and a common council; in Great Britain, a town corporate, which is or has been the seat of a bishop, or the capital of his see. "A city is a town incorporated; which is, or has been, the see of a bishop; and though the bishopric has been dissolved, as at Westminster, it yet remaineth a city .""When Gorges constituted York a city , he of course meant it to be the seat of a bishop, for the word city has no other meaning in English law."
    • City A large town.
    • a City Of or pertaining to a city.
    • City The collective body of citizens, or inhabitants of a city. "What is the city but the people?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In New York City there are 6,374.6 miles of streets
    • n city A large and important town; any large town holding an important position in the state in which it is situated. In the United States a city is properly an incorporated municipality, usually governed by a mayor, aldermen, and common council. The number of inhabitants required to constitute a city is commonly over 10,000; but it differs greatly in different States, some (especially in the west) having incorporated cities of fewer than 3,000 inhabitants. In Great Britain the term is applied in a narrower sense to a town corporate which is or has been the seat of a bishop and of a cathedral church. The word is often used, like town, in opposition to country.
    • n city The inhabitants of a city, collectively.
    • n city Medina in Arabia, where Mohammed took refuge when driven by conspirators from Mecca, his native city, a. d. 622.
    • city Pertaining to a city; urban: as, a city feast; city manners; “city wives,”
    • city Pertaining to the class of tradespeople, as opposed to people of birth.
    • city One engaged in mercantile pursuits, as distinguished from one whose interests are landed, agricultural, or professional; a business man.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1905, the first pizzeria in the U.S. opened in New York City
    • n City sit′i a large town: a town with a corporation
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  • Henry David Thoreau
    “City life is millions of people being lonesome together.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “The great city is that which has the greatest man or woman: if it be a few ragged huts, it is still the greatest city in the whole world.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “A great city is that which has the greatest men and women.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees.”
  • Elwyn Brooks White
    “Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness; natives give it solidity and continuity; but the settlers give it passion.”
  • George Ade
    George Ade
    “In the city a funeral is just an interruption of traffic; in the country it is a form of popular entertainment.”


You can't fight City Hall - This phrase is used when one is so cynical that one doesn't think one can change their Representatives. The phrase must have started with frustration towards a local body of government.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. cite, F. cité, fr. L. civitas, citizenship, state, city, fr. civis, citizen; akin to Goth. heiwa,in heiwa,frauja man of the house), AS. hīwan, pl., members of a family, servants, hīred, family, G. heirath, marriage, prop., providing a house, E. hind, a peasant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. cité, a city—L. civitas, the state—civis, a citizen.


In literature:

In every Spanish description of the city we can see its resemblance to cities whose ruins are found farther south.
"Ancient America, in Notes on American Archaeology" by John D. Baldwin
The whole city is out in the public places, watching the departure of the army of Italy.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
Only in one city, Osaka, the Chicago of Japan, is there any general evidence of the adoption of up-to-date methods in manufacturing.
"The Critic in the Orient" by George Hamlin Fitch
The two parts of the city are joined by pontoon bridges, one in the suburbs and one in the main city.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
This appears to have been the first public bank in that city and in Europe.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
Almost the entire city of Johnstown is swimming about in the rushing, angry tide.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Upon the spot where the cow should lie down he was to build a city and make it his capital.
"Romulus, Makers of History" by Jacob Abbott
The Cliff House, situated four or five miles from the centre of the city, is a favorite pleasure resort of the population.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
In three days the doomed city had disappeared.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
No one must trade in the City who was not free of the City.
"The History of London" by Walter Besant
As long ago as the very beginning of our republic, its founders saw that the cities were danger-spots in their plan.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
I looked out into the watery waste with the aid of the faint light, but I could see no city, and nothing whereon a city could stand.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
Now the city is fast becoming one of the world's great cities and one of the most healthful cities on the globe.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
Night before last another riot was looked for in this city by the mayor, and two battalions of Gen. Elzey's troops were ordered into the city.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
Ah, the magnificent city, the immense city, with her temples as huge as towns and her gigantic gods!
"Sónnica" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
He saw her first at the beginning of his last school year when she came to the city and entered the second high school class.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
Of course you have only met girls from the great cities, where the men are too busy making money to take any interest in public affairs.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
This city of Bath, like all other cities of that time, came under the Norman Survey, and was entered in Doomsday Book as Baden-ceaster.
"Cathedral Cities of England" by George Gilbert
Has electric lights throughout the city (plant owned by city).
"The Complete Story of the Galveston Horror" by Various
Should've seen his city, lad, made London look like a Shropshire village.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover

In poetry:

The first speaker said
Fear fire. Fear furnaces
Incinerators, the city dump
The faint scratch of a match.
"Paper Men To Air Hopes And Fears" by Robert Francis
Through the old city's silence,
Where the Abana flows,
O harken to the nightingale
Sing lyrics to the rose!
"A Lover in Damascus" by Charles Hanson Towne
"For when I done a moiling
And toiling here below,
Through the gate into the city
Straightway I hope to go."
"Church Building" by Frances Ellen Watkins
And so he lingers--lingers on
In the City of the Foe--
His cousins and his countrymen
Who see him listless go.
"The Released Rebel Prisoner" by Herman Melville
Thank Heaven there's a remnant,
A few not quite enslaved,
For ten just men in Sodom,
The city would have saved.
"What Owest Thou" by Abner Cosens
I had a dream, a varied dream:
Before my ravished sight
The city of my Lord arose,
With all its love and light.
"Fishers Of Men" by Frances Ellen Watkins

In news:

Several Denton City Council members continued to push on the city staff for information and changes to the rewrites of the city's natural gas development rules, even as the effort goes to Planning and Zoning tonight.
The city is also asking potential haulers to submit rates to cover the entire city, as well as rates if the city was broken-up into two zones with different haulers for each zone.
While City Manager John Szerlag waited for one of his consultants to arrive at City Hall to discuss financial sustainability Monday evening, City Councilmember Rana Erbrick took the time to talk about changing the way council does business.
TRAVERSE CITY — Children from the city who qualify for free or reduced school lunches can get a break on fees to ski at the city owned Hickory Hills.
The city has hired a Sacramento-based law firm to investigate a city employee's allegations that the second-in-command at City Hall used public employees and facilities to enrich herself with a trinket business operated on city property.
City Treasurer Ron Borucki acknowledged there were "no surprises" when he issued yet another dismal report for the city's investment portfolio this week at City Hall.
Hobart M "Wick" Wickens III, 54, of Ponca City, Okla. Was born Sept 17, 1958, in Oklahoma City, Okla. And died Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012, at Ponca City Medical Center.
MIDWEST CITY — Construction continues in the Midwest City-Del City School District as the first new schools since 1973 are going up quickly.
Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T Healy addresses the audience during a press conference announcing the city's "365 Days of Green" Campaign at City Hall Wednesday, April 13, 2011.
For the third year in a row, City Theatrical has been named to the Inner City 100--a list of the fastest-growing companies located in America's inner cities.
In 1994, convinced that the inner cities are the bellwethers of the nation's economic health, Porter founded the nonprofit Initiative for a Competitive Inner City to help promote business-led economic development in inner cities.
Lori Houston, with the City of San Antonio Center City Development Office, said the most recent census numbers show a decrease in the inner-city population.
Before getting down to business Monday night, the Augusta City Council will recognize city employees for 10 and 25 years of service to the city.
Goldsboro city officials have received a letter from the state retirement system asking for clarification on City Attorney Harrell Everett's employment status, and City Manager Richard Slozak said today he was working on a response.
Lubbock's City Council repeated its 4-3 vote from August's first reading, approving a 1.8-cent city property tax increase and across-the-board pay raises in a second and final reading of the 2013 city budget.

In science:

The reason for this behaviour can be understood in terms of specificity.
Simple models of protein folding and of non--conventional drug design
Dissertation, University of Utah, Salt Lake City (1986).
Generalized Harish-Chandra modules with generic minimal $\frak k$-type
Their specificity is that each fragment in the decomposition of χ has size physically bounded from above by 1.
Random Partitioning Problems Involving Poisson Point Processes On The Interval
One can notice the specificity of the result 3.16, however easy modifications of our method give the following generalization.
On the concentration of Sinai's walk
School of mathematics and physics, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua city, Zhejiang Province, 321004, P. R.
The Level Densities of Random Matrix Unitary Ensembles and their Perturbation Invariability
It is a pleasure to thank the organizers of CNET2004 for the invitation, and for a well organized conference in the charming city of Aveiro.
Random Feynman Graphs
Residual solvability of generalized free products, The City University of New York (GC) PhD Thesis, October 2004. 8. J.
On the residual solvability of generalized free products of finitely generated nilpotent groups
As already pointed out, the fact that the random variables Un are uncorrelated is a specificity of the exponential distribution. A natural question is then to know whether this result survives for a more general class of distributions P and functions Ω.
Generalised extreme value statistics and sum of correlated variables
In The mathematics of numerical analysis (Park City, UT, 1995), volume 32 of Lectures in Appl.
Average volume, curvatures, and Euler characteristic of random real algebraic varieties
Root system and generalized associahedra, lecture notes for the IAS/Park City Graduate Summer School in Geometric Combinatorics, 2004.
Generalized cluster complexes via quiver representations
Analysis of access times between streets helps to detect the city modularity.
Random Walks Along the Streets and Canals in Compact Cities: Spectral analysis, Dynamical Modularity, Information, and Statistical Mechanics
The complexity of city modularity can be measured by an information-like parameter which plays the role of an individual fingerprint of Genius loci.
Random Walks Along the Streets and Canals in Compact Cities: Spectral analysis, Dynamical Modularity, Information, and Statistical Mechanics
Global structural properties of a city can be characterized by the thermodynamical parameters calculated in the random walks problem.
Random Walks Along the Streets and Canals in Compact Cities: Spectral analysis, Dynamical Modularity, Information, and Statistical Mechanics
However, in the planar city street patterns, its randomized version is not of significance since, first, it is surely a non-planar graph due to the randomness of edge crossings and, second, the long-range connections which inevitably present in the random graphs in abundance are extremely costly in the real cities .
Random Walks Along the Streets and Canals in Compact Cities: Spectral analysis, Dynamical Modularity, Information, and Statistical Mechanics
In , it has been proposed to compare the city street patterns with the grid-like structures that is indeed useful essentially for the regular urban development.
Random Walks Along the Streets and Canals in Compact Cities: Spectral analysis, Dynamical Modularity, Information, and Statistical Mechanics