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  1. the capital of Schleswig-Holstein in N Germany, at the Baltic end of the Kiel Canal.
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[shles-wig-hohl-stahyn; German shleys-vik-hawl-shtahyn]
  1. two contiguous duchies of Denmark that were a center of international tension in the 19th century: Prussia annexed Schleswig 1864 and Holstein 1866.
  2. a state of N Germany, including the former duchies of Holstein and Lauenburg and part of Schleswig. 6073 sq. mi. (15,728 sq. km). Capital: Kiel.
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Examples from the Web for kiel

Historical Examples of kiel

  • A corps of students from the University of Kiel was all but annihilated.

    A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year

    Edwin Emerson

  • That's about fifteen miles south of Sonderburg, on the way to Kiel.

    The Riddle of the Sands

    Erskine Childers

  • A philosopher and philologist, born in Hildesheim, studied in Gottingen and Kiel.

    Immortal Memories

    Clement Shorter

  • He said that he was going to Kiel to deliver his trial lecture at the university.

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann

  • Its ship, the Gauss, had been built at Kiel with the Fram as a model.

British Dictionary definitions for kiel


  1. a port in N Germany, capital of Schleswig-Holstein state, on the Kiel Canal (connecting the North Sea with the Baltic): joined the Hanseatic League in 1284; became part of Denmark in 1773 and passed to Prussia in 1866; an important naval base in World Wars I and II; shipbuilding and engineering industries. Pop: 233 039 (2003 est)
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  1. a state of N Germany: drained chiefly by the River Elbe; mainly agricultural. Capital: Kiel. Pop: 2 823 000 (2003 est). Area: 15 658 sq km (6045 sq miles)
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