[hahrt-land, -luh nd]
- the part of a region considered essential to the viability and survival of the whole, especially a central land area relatively invulnerable to attack and capable of economic and political self-sufficiency.
- any central area, as of a state, nation, or continent: a vineyard in California's heartland.
Origin of heartland
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Examples from the Web for heartland
The cities of the heartland came into existence, first and foremost, as economic entities.The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead
Joel Kotkin, Richey Piiparinen
December 7, 2014
Thus, any Iraqi army offensive in the Sunni Arab heartland is unlikely to succeed without local partners.Lessons From Fallujah, Then and Now
Dr. Daniel R. Green
July 26, 2014
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher had an odd warning last week for the Heartland Institute.Meet The Putin-Loving Congressman Who’s Worried About Fluoride In Our Drinking Water
July 20, 2014
Throughout the Sunni heartland, the government has simply imploded.How Iran and America Can Beat ISIS Together
Ben Van Heuvelen
June 21, 2014
The first U.S. case of MERS landed in Indiana—smack-dab in the heartland.Is Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) the Next SARS?
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
May 3, 2014
It was the only area of the heartland—except for the top level casinos—open to every citizen without restriction.The Cartels Jungle
Irving E. Cox, Jr.
- the central region of a country or continent
- the core or most vital areathe industrial heartland of England
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Word Origin and History for heartland
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