• Reading the Draft Covenant for the League of Nations--Paris
    Reading the Draft Covenant for the League of Nations--Paris
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj national inside the country "the British Home Office has broader responsibilities than the United States Department of the Interior","the nation's internal politics"
    • adj national concerned with or applicable to or belonging to an entire nation or country "the national government","national elections","of national concern","the national highway system","national forests"
    • adj national limited to or in the interests of a particular nation "national interests","isolationism is a strictly national policy"
    • adj national owned or maintained for the public by the national government "national parks"
    • adj national of or relating to or belonging to a nation or country "national hero","national anthem","a national landmark"
    • adj national of or relating to nationality "national origin"
    • adj national characteristic of or peculiar to the people of a nation "a national trait"
    • n national a person who owes allegiance to that nation "a monarch has a duty to his subjects"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A National Pike Freighter A National Pike Freighter
Moline Universal Tractor, Model D, of 198, in the Hall of Farm Machinery, National Museum of History and Technology Moline Universal Tractor, Model D, of 198, in the Hall of Farm Machinery, National Museum of History and Technology
Chief of Seneca Nation Chief of Seneca Nation

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses
    • National Attached to one's own country or nation.
    • National Of or pertaining to a nation; common to a whole people or race; public; general; as, a national government, language, dress, custom, calamity, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation
    • national Of or pertaining to a nation, or a country regarded as a whole: opposed to local or provincial, and in the United States to State: as, national troops, defenses, debt, expenditure, etc.; hence, general; public: as, national interests; the national welfare.
    • national Established and maintained by the nation, or by authority of its laws: as, national banks; a national system of education; a national church.
    • national Peculiar or common to the whole people of a country: as, national language, customs, or dress; a national trait; a national religion; national pride.
    • national Characterized by attachment or devotion to one's own race or country, or its institutions.
    • national See assembly.
    • national The uame of the popular assembly after the revolution of 1848, and again in 1871 after the fail of the second empire in 1870.
    • national According to the Constitution of 1875, the name of the two houses, the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, when in joint session.
    • national A name sometimes given to the organized militia in some parts of the United States. Abbreviated N. G.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Christmas became a national holiday in the US in 1890.
    • adj National nash′un-al pertaining to a nation: public: general: attached to one's own country
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  • Christopher Morley
    “New York, the nation's thyroid gland.”
  • Virgil
    “From a single crime know the nation.”
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
    “The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “No nation was ever ruined by trade.”
  • Lauro Cavazos
    Lauro Cavazos
    “We must do better or perish as the nation we know today.”
  • Tuckerman
    “National enthusiasm is the nursery of genius.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. national,


In literature:

The people of the United States are drawn from many nations, and chiefly from the nations now at war.
"America First" by Various
He and many other reformers proposed to feast in public in honour of the French national festival.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
If the inscription on the National Portrait Gallery picture, '1588, aetatis suae 34,' and that on Zucchero's in the Dublin Gallery, 'aet.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
In the nation as represented in parliament, or in the nation external to it?
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
One such man is worth more to this nation than every negro that ever set his flat foot on this continent!
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
Make your national conscience clean, and your national eyes will soon be clear.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
Frederick William was warned against giving his people a national parliament.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
They were not only to be a nation, but a company of nations.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
In any of the old nations the national unity is preserved by the national type.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
Liberty, it was said, consists in the reign of the national will, and the national will is known by national custom.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton

In poetry:

Blessed is the nation where the Lord
Hath fixed his gracious throne,
Where he reveals his heav'nly word,
And calls their tribes his own.
"Psalm XXXIII: Rejoice, Ye Righteous" by Isaac Watts
Until beneath her spreading pinions,
And outstretched folds of liberty,
Men of all nations and dominions
Shall dwell in peace and unity.
"Admonition" by James Madison Bell
All over glorious is my Lord
Must be beloved, and yet adored;
His worth if all the nations knew,
Sure the whole earth would love him too.
"Hymn 75" by Isaac Watts
Ye servants of th' Almighty King,
In every age his praises sing;
Where'er the sun shall rise or set,
The nations shall his praise repeat.
"Psalm 113" by Isaac Watts
Four thousand years earth waited,
Four thousand years men prayed,
Four thousand years the nations sighed,
That their King so long delayed.
"A Christmas Chant" by Abram Joseph Ryan
That fateful echo is not dumb
The nations listening to its sound
Wait, from a century's vantage-ground,
The holier triumphs yet to come,--
"Lexington" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

The National Park Service today awarded the Delaware North Companies the contract for hotel, restaurant and other visitor services at Yosemite National Park, the largest and most important concession in the park system.
Eight chefs from across the country will compete this month in the 2004 Bocuse d'Or USA national selection during the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show.
Nationals vs Mariners Wednesday June 22, 7:05 pm, Nationals Park.
Nationals vs Phillies Saturday, 1:05 pm, Nationals Park.
The nation's worst drought in decades has worsened in parts of the nation's midsection, further frustrating ranchers and growers of winter wheat in Kansas and Oklahoma.
Buffalo, NY: As the 2008 Amateur National Championship calendar heads into its final stages Team Dunlop riders tackled the prestigious Loretta Lynn's Amateur Nationals event on July 28.
This program was produced by the Republican National Committee in support of Dwight Eisenhower 's 1952 presidential campaign, and aired on national TV the evening before Election Day.
Dwight Eisenhower & 'The Nation' The Nation.
UNITED NATIONS — A UN official says peacekeepers are on track to leave East Timor by year's end, but the international community will remain engaged in one of the world's youngest nations through other channels.
National Registered Agents, Inc (NRAI) has announced the launch of a yearlong, national education program providing webinars and regional seminars that focus on the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Revised Article 9.
( National Library of Medicine / National Institutes of Health ).
UNITED NATIONS — After countless speeches, meetings and behind-the-scenes discussions, the unending war in Syria remained the unsolved problem that loomed over this year's gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.
King County leaders highlighted nearby national parks and declared July 9 as Washington State National Parks Day to recognize the economic and environmental benefits such places add to the landscape.
Nationals vs Cubs Today, 7:05 pm, Nationals Park.
Nationals vs Mets Wednesday July 18, 7:05 pm, Nationals Park.

In science:

IRAF is distributed by the National Optical Astronomy Observatories, which are operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.
A Spectroscopic Survey of WNL Stars in the LMC: General Properties and Binary Status
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.
Dynamical Centers and Non-Circular Motions in THINGS Galaxies: Implications for Dark Matter Halos
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.
Identifying Compact Symmetric Objects from the VLBA Imaging and Polarization Survey
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is operated by Associated Universities Inc., under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.
Discovery of Candidate H$_2$O Disk Masers in AGN and Estimations of Centripetal Accelerations
Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) which is operated by the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada, the Institut National des Sciences de l’Univers of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifiqu e (CNRS) of France, and the University of Hawaii.
The Canada-France High-z Quasar Survey: nine new quasars and the luminosity function at redshift 6