strait of dover

Dover

[doh-ver]
noun
1.
a seaport in E Kent, in SE England: point nearest the coast of France.
2.
French Pas de Calais. a strait between England and France, connecting the English Channel and the North Sea: least width 20 miles (32 km).
3.
a city in and the capital of Delaware, in the central part.
4.
a city in SE New Hampshire.
5.
a town in N New Jersey.
6.
a city in E Ohio.
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Dover (ˈdəʊvə)
 
n
1.  a port in SE England, in E Kent on the Strait of Dover: the only one of the Cinque Ports that is still important; a stronghold since ancient times and Caesar's first point of attack in the invasion of Britain (55 bc). Pop: 34 087 (2001)
2.  Strait of Dover French name: Pas de Calais a strait between SE England and N France, linking the English Channel with the North Sea. Width: about 32 km (20 miles)
3.  a city in the US, the capital of Delaware, founded in 1683: 18th-century buildings. Pop: 32 808 (2003 est)

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Dover
port in Kent, Dofras (c.700), from L. Dubris (4c.), from Brit. *Dubras "the waters." Named for the stream that flows nearby.
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Delaware definition


State in the eastern United States bordered by Pennsylvania to the north, Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and Maryland to the west and south. Its capital is Dover, and its largest city is Wilmington.

Note: One of the thirteen colonies.
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