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Silicon Valley

the area in northern California, southwest of San Francisco in the Santa Clara valley region, where many of the high-technology design and manufacturing companies in the semiconductor industry are concentrated.
Origin of Silicon Valley
so called from the silicon wafers employed in semiconductor devices Unabridged
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  • He was still wearing the blue blazer and khakis he wore on the days that he was consulting in Silicon Valley.

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  • The "Silicon Valley" revolution is likely to continue increasing computer capacity on an almost annual basis.

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British Dictionary definitions for Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley

an industrial strip in W California, extending S of San Francisco, in which the US information technology industry is concentrated
any area in which industries associated with information technology are concentrated
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Silicon Valley in Culture

Silicon Valley definition

A region on the San Francisco Peninsula in California where the miniaturized electronics industry is centered, so called because most of the devices built there are made of semiconductors such as silicon.

Note: The term is often used as a catchword to describe the development of high-tech industry: “If we can attract this corporation to our town, we could become another Silicon Valley.”
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley

noun phrase

The Santa Clara Valley south of San Francisco in California: smack in the middle of Silicon Valley

[1974+; fr the concentration of manufacturers of silicon chips for computers, watches, etc, in the Santa Clara Valley]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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