the northern continent of the Western Hemisphere, extending from Central America to the Arctic Ocean. Highest point, Denali, 20,300 feet (6,187 meters); lowest, Death Valley, 276 feet (84 meters) below sea level. About 9,360,000 square miles (24,242,400 square kilometers).
- North American, adjective, noun
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How to use North America in a sentence
She was hoping to shift prevailing attitudes toward cooking with blood, a practice that some in North America may dismiss as, in a word, disgusting.Blood is a respected ingredient around the world, but less so in the U.S. A new book aims to change that. | Mayukh Sen | February 26, 2021 | Washington Post
Many telegraph systems throughout Europe and North America failed, and the electrified lines shocked some telegraph operators.Solar storms can wreak havoc. We need better space weather forecasts | Ramin Skibba | February 26, 2021 | Science News
Brookfield owns roughly 70,000 multifamily units in North America, “so we have a lot of doors that need a lot of locks,” Raffaelli says.How to land startup funding from real estate giant Brookfield, which manages $600 billion in assets | Connie Loizos | February 26, 2021 | TechCrunch
About one in five people in North America over the age of 40 will develop heart failure.Toronto’s UHN launches a study to see if Apple Watch can spot worsening heart failure | Darrell Etherington | February 19, 2021 | TechCrunch
The supply to poorer countries is low mostly because the majority of the available vaccines have been purchased or promised to richer countries in North America and Europe.Why a failure to vaccinate the world will put us all at risk | Niall Firth | February 13, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
The Yellowstone grizzly is one of the more carnivorous interior bear populations in North America.
She hated sharing Georgie with his admirers, particularly on lecture tours in in North America.Borges Had A Genius For Literature But Not Love Or Much Else | Allen Barra | October 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Germans and Japanese have snatched their customers away in North America.
And by the spring of 2014, the number had reached 14—in North America, Europe, Australia and Thailand.
So New Yorkers took the most valuable 150 square blocks in North America and created Central Park.
Spain is at war with North America, and now offers us this sugar-plum to draw us to her side to defend her against invasion.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
Congress resolved to establish the bank of North America, being the first regularly established bank in the country.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Most of the seed used is the produce of seed imported at various times from North America and Cuba.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
The continent of North America was then one continued forest.
This was the first settling of North America, and thirteen years anterior to the landing of the Pilgrims.
British Dictionary definitions for North America
the third largest continent, linked with South America by the Isthmus of Panama and bordering on the Arctic Ocean, the N Pacific, the N Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean. It consists generally of a great mountain system (the Western Cordillera) extending along the entire W coast, actively volcanic in the extreme north and south, with the Great Plains to the east and the Appalachians still further east, separated from the Canadian Shield by an arc of large lakes (Great Bear, Great Slave, Winnipeg, Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, Ontario); reaches its greatest height of 6194 m (20 320 ft) in Mount McKinley, Alaska, and its lowest point of 85 m (280 ft) below sea level in Death Valley, California, and ranges from snowfields, tundra, and taiga in the north to deserts in the southwest and tropical forests in the extreme south. Pop: 332 156 000 (2005 est). Area: over 24 000 000 sq km (9 500 000 sq miles)
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Cultural definitions for North America
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