• WordNet 3.6
    • n country the people who live in a nation or country "a statement that sums up the nation's mood","the news was announced to the nation","the whole country worshipped him"
    • n country a politically organized body of people under a single government "the state has elected a new president","African nations","students who had come to the nation's capitol","the country's largest manufacturer","an industrialized land"
    • n country a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography) "it was a mountainous area","Bible country"
    • n country the territory occupied by a nation "he returned to the land of his birth","he visited several European countries"
    • n country an area outside of cities and towns "his poetry celebrated the slower pace of life in the country"
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A wharf scene—arrival of a ship from the mother country. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) A wharf scene—arrival of a ship from the mother country. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
Country weather Country weather
Country Post Country Post
Visitor from the country Visitor from the country
Country Host Country Host
Jamestown and the Surrounding Country Jamestown and the Surrounding Country

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Trees that are near street lights do not shed their leaves as fast as a tree that is in the country
    • Country (Law) A jury, as representing the citizens of a country.
    • Country A tract of land; a region; the territory of an independent nation; (as distinguished from any other region, and with a personal pronoun) the region of one's birth, permanent residence, or citizenship. "Return unto thy country , and to thy kindred.""I might have learned this by my last exile,
      that change of countries cannot change my state."
      "Many a famous realm
      And country , whereof here needs no account"
    • Country Destitute of refinement; rude; unpolished; rustic; not urbane; as, country manners.
    • Country Pertaining to the regions remote from a city; rural; rustic; as, a country life; a country town; the country party, as opposed to city.
    • Country Pertaining, or peculiar, to one's own country. "She, bowing herself towards him, laughing the cruel tyrant to scorn, spake in her country language."
    • Country Rural regions, as opposed to a city or town. "As they walked, on their way into the country .""God made the covatry , and man made the town.""Only very great men were in the habit of dividing the year between town and country ."
    • Country (Law) The inhabitants of the district from which a jury is drawn.
    • Country The inhabitants or people of a state or a region; the populace; the public. Hence: One's constituents. The whole body of the electors of state; as, to dissolve Parliament and appeal to the country . "All the country in a general voice
      Cried hate upon him."
    • Country (Mining) The rock through which a vein runs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Indian election in 1984 was the largest election of any country. Over 379,000,000 voters were eligible to vote at over 480,000 polling stations
    • n country A region; a district of indefinite extent present to the view or thought, being or considered as the locality of residence, travel, exploration, or other action, or of description: as, a new country; a wild country; a rugged country; an unexplored country; the countries of central Asia.
    • n country The territory of a nation; an independent state, or a region once independent, and still distinct in name, population, or institutions, as England, Scotland, and Wales in Great Britain, the several states of the Austrian and German empires, etc. Many countries once distinct have been absorbed in larger territories, and have entirely lost their separate character.
    • n country The rural parts of a region, as opposed to cities or towns.
    • n country The place of one's nativity or citizenship; one's native soil; the land of one's nationality or allegiance by birth or adoption.
    • n country The inhabitants of a country; the people; the public.
    • n country Specifically In law, the public at large, as represented by a jury: as, a trial by the country; his plea concluded to the country (that is, it ended by requiring the submission of the issue to a jury).
    • n country In law, any place other than a court: as, a deed in the country, as opposed to an alienation by record—that is, in court.
    • n country In mining, the rock adjacent to the lode; the formation in which any mineral vein or deposit is inclosed. Sometimes called country-rock.
    • n country Nautical, that part of an apartment on board ship used in common by all officers of the same mess: as, the ward-room country.
    • country Pertaining or peculiar to one's own country; national; native.
    • country Pertaining or belonging to the country or to the rural parts of a region; being or living in the country; rural; rustic: as, country roads: country customs; a country gentleman; country cousins; a country life; the country party, as opposed to the city party.
    • country Characteristic of the country or rural regions; hence, rustic; rude; unpolished: as, country manners.
    • n country The parts of a cricket-field covered by the out-fielders; the long- or deep-field.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The country of Fiji is made up of 332 islands
    • n Country kun′tri a rural region as distinct from a town: a tract of land: the land in which one was born, or in which one resides
    • adj Country belonging to the country: rustic: rude
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  • Robert Frost
    “If you don't know how great this country is, I know someone who does; Russia.”
  • John Gunther
    John Gunther
    “Ours is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea.”
  • Sinclair Lewis
    Sinclair Lewis
    “The trouble with this country is that there are too many people going about saying, The trouble with this country is...”
  • George Santayana
    “America is a young country with an old mentality.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “There is no country in the world where machinery is so lovely as in America.”
  • Aldous Huxley
    “Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held.”


Country mile - (USA) A country mile is used to describe a long distance.
Serve your country - When someone is serving their country, they have enrolled in the military.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. contrée, LL. contrata, fr. L. contra, over against, on the opposite side. Cf. Counter (adv.) Contra


In literature:

Since my former visit to Lyons the "Reds" had made great progress in all the countries at the foot of the Alps.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
English, Irish, Germans, Scotch, French, and Swiss, all retain some characteristic of their ancient country.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
The whole country has been revolutionized.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
Don't expect cold science to accomplish with country people what it is unable to do in the city.
"Rural Problems of Today" by Ernest R. Groves
The country is now listed among the consuming rather than the producing countries.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
The whole country was quickly in a positive ferment of energy.
"The Empire of the East" by H. B. Montgomery
In Southern talk, or in that of treacherous Northern Democrats, the diplomats learned what they know about this country.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
It should be his country to rule as he thought best.
"The Traitors" by E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
Their country had been the cockpit of Europe from the time of Caesar until Waterloo.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
The high country is my country; it's where my friends are.
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman

In poetry:

Love, the youth,
Roamed the country, quiver-laden;
From him fled away in sooth
Many a man and maiden!
"Love's History" by George MacDonald
Eat up the beauty of the world,
And gorge his fill
On mead and winding country lane,
And grassy hill.
"Love's Landmarks" by Richard Le Gallienne
Pleading for their country,
In its hour of woe,--
For its soldiers marching
Shoeless through the snow.
"Beechenbrook - IV" by Margaret Junkin Preston
I see a Harper:
A Harper and a country lout, his fellow,
Upon the highway. SWIFT
I know the Harper.
"Swift's Pastoral" by Padraic Colum
The Serchio: from
Which have drawn, perhaps
For two thousand years
My country people, my father, My mother.
"Rivers" by Giuseppe Ungaretti
My only Love is always near,
In country or in town
I see her twinkling feet, I hear
The whisper of her gown.
"The Unrealised Ideal" by Frederick Locker-Lampson

In news:

Harris will supply 196 DVB-T transmission systems across Bulgaria as the country spreads digital television programming into rural areas of the country.
Throughout the course of the cross country season, Socorro High's Jocelyn Caro was a model of consistency, culminating in a stellar 11th-place finish at the Class 5A state cross country meet in November.
MADISON, Wisconsin – Texas A&M cross country faces a challenging field at the fourth annual Wisconsin adidas Invitational held this Friday on the pristine Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course.
CAT Country 96 with Continuous Country Favorites for the Lehigh Valley.
The next country music awards show will be the Academy of Country Music Awards and it seems the producers like Blake Shelton.
After five number one hits on the country charts and a tour with Miranda Lambert at the beginning of this year, country crooner Chris Young is now touring on his own.
It has been more than a decade since alt-country group The Mavericks have been on country radio with hits such as "Here Comes the Rain" and "What a Crying Shame.
The Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State men's cross country teams go for national titles when the NCAA Cross Country Championships take place Saturday at Sawyer Park.
0 Poor Best Country music icon Wynonna Judd and musician boyfriend Cactus Moser, of award-winning country group Highway 101, got engaged on December 24th.
Two of the stars of the TV drama series "Nashville" were cast to play country singers, and neither is from this country.
About the Lewis & Clark and the Indian Country "Lewis & Clark and the Indian Country" is a traveling exhibition based upon a larger exhibition of the same name developed by the Newberry Library, Chicago.
Pinnacle Homes Country Jam 2006 is officially in the books, and Country Jammers are packing up while crews are cleaning up.
The talks have reached an impasse as developing countries press developed countries to show how they will honor a promise of US$100 billion a year in funding.
Patsy Cline , one of country music's most iconic and colorful figures, is being celebrated in a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Patsy Cline : Crazy for Loving You.
An in-depth profile of country outlaw David Allan Coe by Douglas McPherson in the February 2011 edition of Country Music People bears the title, "Is This The Most Interesting Man in Country Music.".

In science:

This is particularly true in our country; the growth has been rapid and is most likely to become more rapid in the coming years.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
Different countries will have different strategies for addressing similar problems.
National Information Infrastructure Development in Canada and the U.S.: Redefining Universal Service and Universal Access in the Age of Techno-Economic Convergence
For example, an SP may want to provide an index of all the music manuscript repositories of a given country.
A Scalable Architecture for Harvest-Based Digital Libraries - The ODU/Southampton Experiments
At the reverse of the same effect we find that the amounts of unemployed people in several countries (including ours) seem to be very resistant with respect to changes of governments and parliaments, not to mention a ”New Politics” claimed frequently during elections.
Why everything gets slower ?
These and other findings should give rise to modelling efforts explaining the remarkably similar wealth distribution of many developed countries.
Emergent Statistical Wealth Distributions in Simple Monetary Exchange Models: A Critical Review