[ jah-vuh or, especially for 2, jav-uh ]
/ ˈdʒɑ və or, especially for 2, ˈdʒæv ə /
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the main island of Indonesia. 51,032 sq. mi. (132,173 sq. km).
(usually lowercase)Slang. coffee: a cup of java.


Digital Technology. the proprietary name of a high-level, object-oriented programming language used primarily to build web-based applications.



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Origin of Java

1550–60; of obscure origin; possibly from Sanskrit yāvadvīpa, yāvaka dvīpa “barley island” (the island was well known for the barley plant)
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British Dictionary definitions for Java (1 of 2)

/ (ˈdʒɑːvə) /


an island of Indonesia, south of Borneo, from which it is separated by the Java Sea : politically the most important island of Indonesia; it consists chiefly of active volcanic mountains and is densely forested. It came under Dutch control in 1596 and became part of Indonesia in 1949. It is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Capital: Jakarta. Pop (with Madura): 121 352 608 (2000 est). Area: 132 174 sq km (51 032 sq miles)Former spelling: Djawa

British Dictionary definitions for Java (2 of 2)

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trademark a programming language especially applicable to the Internet
C20: named after Java coffee, said to be consumed in large quantities by the language's creators
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Cultural definitions for Java

[ (jah-vuh) ]

Island in Indonesia, south of Borneo.

Java is one of the world's most densely populated regions.
It was under Dutch rule from 1619 to 1949.
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