- a port in and the capital of California, in the central part, on the Sacramento River.
- a river flowing S from N California to San Francisco Bay. 382 miles (615 km) long.
- a state in the W United States, on the Pacific coast. 158,693 sq. mi. (411,015 sq. km). Capital: Sacramento. Abbreviation: CA (for use with zip code), Cal., Calif.
- Gulf of, an arm of the Pacific Ocean, extending NW between the coast of W Mexico and the peninsula of Baja California. About 750 miles (1207 km) long; 62,600 sq. mi. (162,100 sq. km).
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One of the Sacramento arm wrestlers does pull ups in the wilderness, using tree branches as a pull up bar.This Arm Wrestling Reality Show Will Make You Beg for Mercy
February 25, 2014
They had been riding their bicycles across the country from Sacramento, California for the past 15 months.D.C. Protesters Battle Over Obama’s Syria Response
August 31, 2013
Then the two shared small talk about how Nancy Reagan was “such a pretty girl” and Sacramento is a “miserable city.”Inside the New Nixon Watergate Tapes
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August 22, 2013
We might prefer to read, as a comment on the crisis, an account of life in a Bakken shale “man camp” or a Sacramento Hooverville.Too Soon to Write: Choire Sicha’s ‘Very Recent History’
August 8, 2013
From there, the Madsen story spidered out to Die Welt, the Sacramento Bee, Corriere Della Sera, and countless others.NSA Nutjob: Anatomy of a Fake ‘Observer’ Story
July 1, 2013
The whole line from Council Bluffs to Sacramento is 1,780 miles long.The Railroad Question
Vose bought me a coat in Sacramento, blue with brass buttons.
We were hopeful of meeting Vose Adams in Sacramento, but he had not been there for weeks.
And you have started for Sacramento with the purpose of making her your wife?
To this end a number of influential women visited Sacramento.
- an inland port in N central California, capital of the state at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers: became a boom town in the gold rush of the 1850s. Pop: 445 335 (2003 est)
- a river in N California, flowing generally south to San Francisco Bay. Length: 615 km (382 miles)
- a state on the W coast of the US: the third largest state in area and the largest in population; consists of a narrow, warm coastal plain rising to the Coast Range, deserts in the south, the fertile central valleys of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, and the mountains of the Sierra Nevada in the east; major industries include the growing of citrus fruits and grapes, fishing, oil production, electronics, information technology, and films. Capital: Sacramento. Pop: 35 484 453 (2003 est). Area: 411 015 sq km (158 693 sq miles)Abbreviation: Cal., Calif., (with zip code) CA
- Gulf of California an arm of the Pacific Ocean, between Sonora and Lower California
Word Origin and History for sacramento
California city, settled 1839, named for its river (1808), from Spanish sacramento, in honor of the Holy Sacrament (see sacrament).
name of an imaginary realm in "Las sergas de Esplandián" ("Exploits of Espladán"), a romance by Spanish writer Garci Ordóñez de Montalvo, published in 1510. It was a sequel to his "Amadis de Gaula," and was said to have been influential among Spanish explorers of the New World. It could have led them to misidentify Baja California as this mythical land and to mistake it for an island. The Amadis tales are the Iberian equivalent of the Arthurian romances; they are older than 1510 (traces of them have been found mid-14c.) and were wildly popular. That conquistadors and sailors would have known the story in all its imaginative detail is hardly surprising.
Amadis de Gaula ... set a fashion: all later Spanish writers of books of chivalry adopted the machinery of Amadis de Gaula. Later knights were not less brave (they could not be braver than) Amadis; heroines were not less lovely (they could not be lovelier) than Oriana; there was nothing for it but to make the dragons more appalling, the giants larger, the wizards craftier, the magic castles more inaccessible, the enchanted lakes deeper. Subsequent books of chivalry are simple variants of the types in Amadis de Gaula: Cervantes made his barber describe it as 'the best of all books of this kind.' This verdict is essentially just. Amadis de Gaula was read everywhere, especially in the French version of Herberay des Essarts. It was done into Hebrew during the sixteenth century, and attracted readers as different as St Ignatius of Loyola and Henry of Navarre. Its vogue perhaps somewhat exceeded its merit, but its merits are not inconsiderable. [James Fitzmaurice-Kelly, "Spanish Literature," 1922 edition]
Where Montalvo got the name and what it means, if anything, is a mystery. Californian is attested from 1785. The element Californium (1950) was named in reference to University of California, where it was discovered.
The capital of California, located in the northern part of the state.