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[burk-lee; for 2, 3, 6 also British bahrk-lee] /ˈbɜrk li; for 2, 3, 6 also British ˈbɑrk li/
[buhz-bee] /ˈbʌz bi/ (Show IPA),
(William Berkeley Enos) 1895–1976, U.S. choreographer and musical-film director.
George, 1685?–1753, Irish bishop and philosopher.
Sir William, 1610–77, British colonial governor of Virginia 1642–76.
a city in W California, on San Francisco Bay.
a city in E Missouri, near St. Louis.
a male given name. Unabridged
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  • "Old Bishop Berkeley would give a nonexistent dime to your nonexistent presence," Anders said gaily.

    Warm Robert Sheckley
  • Stanford took a desperate brace and Berkeley lost the ball on downs.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • His uncle, Nathaniel Bacon, was a leader in political affairs, being one of Berkeley's most trusted advisers.

    Patrician and Plebeian Thomas J. Wertenbaker
  • "The Berkeley faculty won't let Dudley play," Mason was saying.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • The grave criticisms and arguments of many of Berkeley's opponents rest on the same basis.

British Dictionary definitions for Berkeley


a city in W California, on San Francisco Bay: seat of the University of California. Pop: 102 049 (2003 est)


(ˈbɜːklɪ). Busby. real name William Berkeley Enos. 1895–1976, US dance director, noted esp for his elaborate choreography in film musicals
(ˈbɑːklɪ). George. 1685–1753, Irish philosopher and Anglican bishop, whose system of subjective idealism was expounded in his works A Treatise concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (1710) and Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous (1713). He also wrote Essay towards a New Theory of Vision (1709)
(ˈbɑːklɪ). Sir Lennox (Randal Francis). 1903–89, British composer; his works include four symphonies, four operas, and the Serenade for Strings (1939)
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Berkeley in Culture

Berkeley definition

City in California on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay.

Note: Berkeley is the location of a distinguished branch of the University of California. The University of California at Berkeley has been a center for student activism and social-change movements, particularly in the 1960s and early 1970s.
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Berkeley in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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