- ancient name of Hamadan.
- an ancient country in W Asia, S of the Caspian Sea, corresponding generally to NW Iran. Capital: Ecbatana.
Examples from the Web for ecbatana
Wilt thou allow search to be made in the house of the rolls at Ecbatana?An Egyptian Princess, Complete
It may be said that the straightest road to Baktria did not lie through Ecbatana.The Gates of India
Burn them, and in ten days thou shalt be under the walls of Ecbatana.The Death of the Gods
In each of these provinces the principal city was called Ecbatana.The Rand-McNally Bible Atlas
Jesse L. Hurlbut
Alexander sent him to Ecbatana, where he was condemned to death.
- an ancient city in Iran, on the site of modern Hamadān; capital of Media and royal residence of the Persians and Parthians
- an ancient country of SW Asia, south of the Caspian Sea: inhabited by the Medes; overthrew the Assyrian Empire in 612 bc in alliance with Babylonia; conquered by Cyrus the Great in 550 bc; corresponds to present-day NW Iran
- a plural of medium
- the means of communication that reach large numbers of people, such as television, newspapers, and radio
- of or relating to the mass mediamedia hype
- the middle layer of the wall of a blood or lymph vessel
- one of the main veins in the wing of an insect
- a consonant whose articulation lies midway between that of a voiced and breathed speech sound
- a consonant pronounced with weak voice, as c in French second
Word Origin and History for ecbatana
"newspapers, radio, TV, etc." 1927, perhaps abstracted from mass media (1923, a technical term in advertising), plural of medium, on notion of "intermediate agency," a sense found in that word in English from c.1600.