Asia

[ey-zhuh, ey-shuh]
noun
a continent bounded by Europe and the Arctic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. About 16,000,000 sq. mi. (41,440,000 sq. km).
Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia.
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Asia (ˈeɪʃə, ˈeɪʒə)
 
n
the largest of the continents, bordering on the Arctic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean and Red Seas in the west. It includes the large peninsulas of Asia Minor, India, Arabia, and Indochina and the island groups of Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Ceylon (Sri Lanka); contains the mountain ranges of the Hindu Kush, Himalayas, Pamirs, Tian Shan, Urals, and Caucasus, the great plateaus of India, Iran, and Tibet, vast plains and deserts, and the valleys of many large rivers including the Mekong, Irrawaddy, Indus, Ganges, Tigris, and Euphrates. Pop: 3 917 508 000 (2005 est). Area: 44 391 162 sq km (17 139 445 sq miles)

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Asia
from L., from Gk. Asia, speculated to be from Akkad. asu "to go out, to rise," in reference to the sun, thus "the land of the sunrise."
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Cultural Dictionary

Asia definition


World's largest continent, joined to Europe to the west, forming Eurasia.

Note: Site of some of the world's earliest civilizations.
Note: With three-fifths of the world's population, Asia has some of the world's greatest population densities.
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ASIA
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Bible Dictionary

Asia definition


is used to denote Proconsular Asia, a Roman province which embraced the western parts of Asia Minor, and of which Ephesus was the capital, in Acts 2:9; 6:9; 16:6; 19:10,22; 20:4, 16, 18, etc., and probably Asia Minor in Acts 19:26, 27; 21:27; 24:18; 27:2. Proconsular Asia contained the seven churches of the Apocalypse (Rev. 1:11). The "chiefs of Asia" (Acts 19:31) were certain wealthy citizens who were annually elected to preside over the games and religious festivals of the several cities to which they belonged. Some of these "Asiarchs" were Paul's friends.

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Example sentences for asia
Then the two of them slipped away with many of the nobility and embarked for
  asia.
One ancient design, the fighter kite, became popular throughout asia.
It still is traditional amongst certain nomadic peoples of central asia.
Emilia narrates this tale, which probably originated in asia.
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