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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Definitions for hinterland

  1. Often, hinterlands. the remote or less developed parts of a country; back country: The hinterlands are usually much more picturesque than the urban areas.
  2. the land lying behind a coastal region.
  3. an area or sphere of influence in the unoccupied interior claimed by the state possessing the coast.

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Citations for hinterland
In the sparsely populated hinterlands of Vermont and northern Maine, the high-tech revolution has been transforming the higher education process. E. B. Baatz, "Trendlines: Getting There from Here," CIO, September 1, 1995
... we are mostly unexplored hinterland / and our consciousness is a spot of light in a great but living darkness. D. H. Lawrence, "The Cross," Last Poems, 1932
Origin of hinterland
Hinterland comes from German, translating literally as "land behind." It entered English in the late 1800s.