- the capital of Schleswig-Holstein in N Germany, at the Baltic end of the Kiel Canal.
[shles-wig-hohl-stahyn; German shleys-vik-hawl-shtahyn]
- two contiguous duchies of Denmark that were a center of international tension in the 19th century: Prussia annexed Schleswig 1864 and Holstein 1866.
- a state of N Germany, including the former duchies of Holstein and Lauenburg and part of Schleswig. 6073 sq. mi. (15,728 sq. km). Capital: Kiel.
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A corps of students from the University of Kiel was all but annihilated.A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year
That's about fifteen miles south of Sonderburg, on the way to Kiel.The Riddle of the Sands
A philosopher and philologist, born in Hildesheim, studied in Gottingen and Kiel.Immortal Memories
He said that he was going to Kiel to deliver his trial lecture at the university.The Goose Man
Its ship, the Gauss, had been built at Kiel with the Fram as a model.The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2
- a port in N Germany, capital of Schleswig-Holstein state, on the Kiel Canal (connecting the North Sea with the Baltic): joined the Hanseatic League in 1284; became part of Denmark in 1773 and passed to Prussia in 1866; an important naval base in World Wars I and II; shipbuilding and engineering industries. Pop: 233 039 (2003 est)
- a state of N Germany: drained chiefly by the River Elbe; mainly agricultural. Capital: Kiel. Pop: 2 823 000 (2003 est). Area: 15 658 sq km (6045 sq miles)
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