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Definitions of nation

  1. 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"
  2. 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"
  3. United States prohibitionist who raided saloons and destroyed bottles of liquor with a hatchet ( 1846- 1911)
  4. a federation of tribes ( especially native American tribes); " the Shawnee nation"
  5. A part, or division, of the people of the earth, distinguished from the rest by common descent, language, or institutions; a race; a stock.
  6. The body of inhabitants of a country, united under an independent government of their own.
  7. Family; lineage.
  8. One of the divisions of university students in a classification according to nativity, formerly common in Europe.
  9. One of the four divisions ( named from the parts of Scotland) in which students were classified according to their nativity.
  10. A great number; a great deal; - by way of emphasis; as, a nation of herbs.
  11. Those born of the same stock: the people inhabiting the same country, or under the same government: a race: a great number.
  12. National.
  13. People of one stock, or under a single government.
  14. A body of people inhabiting the same country; people of the same blood, and sometimes language; a great number.
  15. The inhabitants of one country united under the same government; a body of people speaking the same language.
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Usage examples for nation

  1. He ever showed himself to be the head of the nation, not the head of a party. – The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 17 by Charles Francis Horne
  2. The law is made for the nation, not the nation for the law. – The Life of Froude by Herbert Paul
  3. Make our nation strong at sea! – The Harbor by Ernest Poole
  4. The wise men of my nation in the city of the Almains might yet be wise! – Thomas Wingfold, Curate by George MacDonald
  5. Either a man or a nation must have felt to make me so feel. – What's Mine's Mine by George MacDonald
  6. This was a language the nation understood. – Gargoyles by Ben Hecht
  7. When we have enough great " I can's," there will be a great society or nation, a glorious " We can" rising to heaven. – The Lost Art of Reading by Gerald Stanley Lee
  8. But our great nation, ' sais I, 'tell me, hante that noble stand we made on the right of sarch, raised us about the toploftiest? – The Attache or, Sam Slick in England, Complete by Thomas Chandler Haliburton
  9. These views and proposals however met with unexpected opposition, both in the nation, and no less in the Privy Council and Parliament, especially in the Upper House. – A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6) by Leopold von Ranke
  10. Whatever promises the nation makes the nation must perform. – A History of the Republican Party by George Washington Platt
  11. But they won their freedom, and it made them great- so great that now that one nation- not all Earth, but that single nation! – Police Your Planet by Lester del Rey
  12. The white nation was strong, but they did not put out guards at night! – The Covered Wagon by Emerson Hough
  13. Of what nation are you, sir? – Adventures in the Philippine Islands by Paul P. de La Gironière
  14. Confound the whole nation!" – Warlock o' Glenwarlock by George MacDonald
  15. Senator Harrison's bill of 1886 met an instant response from the whole nation. – The Book of the National Parks by Robert Sterling Yard
  16. It was the voice of a city- of a nation. – The Call of the Canyon by Zane Grey
  17. It's a double development brought about by the war in Europe, and the nation has not yet realized its significance. – Negro Migration during the War by Emmett J. Scott
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