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[sawm] /sɔm/
a river in N France, flowing NW to the English Channel: battles, World War I, 1916, 1918; World War II, 1944. 150 miles (241 km) long.
a department in N France. 2424 sq. mi. (6280 sq. km).
Capital: Amiens. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • One followed the right bank of the Somme, passed Peronne, and thence on to Amiens.

  • Olivers division had gone down to the Somme in July for the great push.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • He told us that his guns had had a wonderful target on the Somme in July 1916.

    Q.6.a and Other places Francis Buckley
  • But the real terribleness of the Somme was not in the towns or on the roads.

  • By the date of the Somme Battle, indeed—in the autumn, that is, of the same year—it had risen enormously.

    Fields of Victory Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for Somme


/French sɔm/
a department of N France, in Picardy region. Capital: Amiens. Pop: 557 061 (2003 est). Area: 6277 sq km (2448 sq miles)
a river in N France, rising in Aisne department and flowing west to Amiens, then northwest to the English Channel: scene of heavy fighting in World War I. Length: 245 km (152 miles)
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