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[gah-zuh, gaz-uh, gey-zuh] /ˈgɑ zə, ˈgæz ə, ˈgeɪ zə/
a seaport on the Mediterranean Sea, in the Gaza Strip, adjacent to SW Israel; occupied by Israel 1967–94; since 1994 under Palestinian self-rule: ancient trade-route center. Unabridged
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  • A hundred and fifty miles of desert stretched away to the east of it, until one came to the gardens of Gaza in Palestine.

    Archology and the Bible George A. Barton
  • And how we had to wait for our dinner at Gaza till the camels came up?

    The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
  • From these points they looked down upon and dominated the town of Gaza.

  • "I shall soon have as great a horror of Gaza as Samson had," said she, sotto voce.

    The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
  • Hilarion was born in the village of Thabatha, which lies about five miles to the south of Gaza, in Palestine.

    The Hermits Charles Kingsley
British Dictionary definitions for Gaza


a city in the Gaza Strip: a Philistine city in biblical times. It was under Egyptian administration from 1949 until occupied by Israel (1967). Pop: 787 000 (2005 est) Arabic name Ghazzah
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Gaza

Arabic form of Hebrew 'az "force, strength." Gaza Strip was created by the division of 1949.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Gaza in the Bible

called also Azzah, which is its Hebrew name (Deut. 2:23; 1 Kings 4:24; Jer. 25:20), strong, a city on the Mediterranean shore, remarkable for its early importance as the chief centre of a great commercial traffic with Egypt. It is one of the oldest cities of the world (Gen. 10:19; Josh. 15:47). Its earliest inhabitants were the Avims, who were conquered and displaced by the Caphtorims (Deut. 2:23; Josh. 13:2, 3), a Philistine tribe. In the division of the land it fell to the lot of Judah (Josh. 15:47; Judg. 1:18). It was the southernmost of the five great Philistine cities which gave each a golden emerod as a trespass-offering unto the Lord (1 Sam. 6:17). Its gates were carried away by Samson (Judg. 16:1-3). Here he was afterwards a prisoner, and "did grind in the prison house." Here he also pulled down the temple of Dagon, and slew "all the lords of the Philistines," himself also perishing in the ruin (Judg. 16:21-30). The prophets denounce the judgments of God against it (Jer. 25:20; 47:5; Amos 1:6, 7; Zeph. 2:4). It is referred to in Acts 8:26. Philip is here told to take the road from Jerusalem to Gaza (about 6 miles south-west of Jerusalem), "which is desert", i.e., the "desert road," probably by Hebron, through the desert hills of Southern Judea. (See SAMSON.) It is noticed on monuments as early as B.C. 1600. Its small port is now called el-Mineh.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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