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North America

the northern continent of the Western Hemisphere, extending from Central America to the Arctic Ocean. Highest point, Mt. McKinley, 20,300 feet (6187 meters); lowest, Death Valley, 276 feet (84 meters) below sea level. About 9,360,000 sq. mi. (24,242,400 sq. km).
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North American, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • Perhaps it belonged to our acquaintance at Rio, the North America.

    Round Cape Horn Joseph Lamson
  • The Indians of the plains of North America were driven to similar limitations.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • In North America a mulatto, a quadroon, even an octoroon who is only one-eighth black, counts as a negro.

  • All the emigrants to North America were familiar with the custom.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The usual rate of remuneration for deputy postmasters in North America.

British Dictionary definitions for North America

North America

the third largest continent, linked with South America by the Isthmus of Panama and bordering on the Arctic Ocean, the N Pacific, the N Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean. It consists generally of a great mountain system (the Western Cordillera) extending along the entire W coast, actively volcanic in the extreme north and south, with the Great Plains to the east and the Appalachians still further east, separated from the Canadian Shield by an arc of large lakes (Great Bear, Great Slave, Winnipeg, Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, Ontario); reaches its greatest height of 6194 m (20 320 ft) in Mount McKinley, Alaska, and its lowest point of 85 m (280 ft) below sea level in Death Valley, California, and ranges from snowfields, tundra, and taiga in the north to deserts in the southwest and tropical forests in the extreme south. Pop: 332 156 000 (2005 est). Area: over 24 000 000 sq km (9 500 000 sq miles)
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North America in Culture

North America definition

Third-largest continent (after Asia and Africa), comprising Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Central America.

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