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[rot-er-dam; for 1 also Dutch rawt-uh r-dahm] /ˈrɒt ərˌdæm; for 1 also Dutch ˌrɔt ərˈdɑm/
a seaport in SW Netherlands.
a town in E New York, on the Mohawk River. Unabridged
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  • The first aspect of Rotterdam is strongly in favour of the people.

  • This was her first voyage, and she was said to be the largest ship out of Rotterdam.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Shall get to Ostend, or Rotterdam, safe and snug; thence to Paris.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Are you going to land them at the Hook or take them on to Rotterdam, sir?

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • I have also given Erasmus of Rotterdam a Passion engraved in copper.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • This cut us off entirely from any access to Rotterdam from the West or North.

    Herbert Hoover Vernon Kellogg
British Dictionary definitions for Rotterdam


a port in the SW Netherlands, in South Holland province: the second largest city of the Netherlands and one of the world's largest ports; oil refineries, shipbuilding yards, etc. Pop: 600 000 (2003 est)
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Rotterdam in Culture

Rotterdam definition

City in the western Netherlands, near the North Sea. Second-largest city in The Netherlands, after Amsterdam, and its major foreign-trade center.

Note: The center of the city was destroyed during World War II by German bombs.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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