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St. Lawrence

a river in SE Canada, flowing NE from Lake Ontario, forming part of the boundary between New York and Ontario, and emptying into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. 760 miles (1225 km) long.
Gulf of, an arm of the Atlantic between SE Canada and Newfoundland.


[lawr-uh ns, lor-] /ˈlɔr əns, ˈlɒr-/
D(avid) H(erbert) 1885–1930, English novelist.
Ernest O(rlando) 1901–58, U.S. physicist: inventor of the cyclotron; Nobel Prize 1939.
Gertrude, 1901?–52, English actress.
Jacob, 1917–2000, U.S. painter and educator.
James, 1781–1813, U.S. naval officer in the War of 1812.
Saint. Also, Lorenzo. Latin Laurentius, died a.d. 258? early church martyr.
Sir Thomas, 1769–1830, English painter.
T(homas) E(dward) (T. E. Shaw"Lawrence of Arabia") 1888–1935, English archaeologist, adventurer, soldier, and writer.
a city in NE Massachusetts, on the Merrimack River.
a city in E Kansas, on the Kansas River.
a town in central Indiana.
a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “a man of Laurentum.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for St. Lawrence
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  • Eastward, the view down the St. Lawrence towards the Gulf, is the finest of all, scarcely surpassed by anything in the world.

    Roughing it in the Bush Susanna Moodie
  • Montreal is the head of navigation of the St. Lawrence for ocean steamships.

    Commercial Geography Jacques W. Redway
  • Quebec marks the place where the St. Lawrence River suddenly broadens from a river into a tidal gulf of brackish or salt water.

    Pioneers in Canada Sir Harry Johnston
  • She was reported well to the nor'ard; and it was a St. Lawrence Valley storm.

    The Wreck of the Titan Morgan Robertson
  • The geographical information recorded respecting the St. Lawrence and its tributaries is generally vague and confused.

    The Indian in his Wigwam Henry R. Schoolcraft
  • A porpoise or small whale which frequents the river St. Lawrence.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • This was the first of the plague-smitten ships from Ireland which that year sailed up the St. Lawrence.

    Montreal 1535-1914, Volume II (of 2) William Henry Atherton
  • Better that than to fry there like St. Lawrence on his griddle.

  • For this purpose he took the route of the deep and rapid St. Lawrence, making his way in bateaux for 130 miles above Montreal.

  • The rock of Quebec is like a lion couchant beside the St. Lawrence.

    The False Chevalier William Douw Lighthall
British Dictionary definitions for St. Lawrence


Saint. died 258 ad, Roman martyr: according to tradition he was roasted to death on a gridiron. Feast day: Aug 10
D(avid) H(erbert). 1885–1930, British novelist, poet, and short-story writer. Many of his works deal with the destructiveness of modern industrial society, contrasted with the beauty of nature and instinct, esp the sexual impulse. His novels include Sons and Lovers (1913), The Rainbow (1915), Women in Love (1920), and Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928)
Ernest Orlando. 1901–58, US physicist, who invented the cyclotron (1931): Nobel prize for physics 1939
Gertrude. 1898–1952, British actress, noted esp for her roles in comedies such as Noël Coward's Private Lives (1930)
Sir Thomas. 1769–1830, British portrait painter
T(homas) E(dward), known as Lawrence of Arabia. 1888–1935, British soldier and writer. He took a major part in the Arab revolt against the Turks (1916–18), proving himself an outstanding guerrilla leader. He described his experiences in The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (1926)
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Word Origin and History for St. Lawrence


see Laurence.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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St. Lawrence in Science
American physicist who in 1929 built the first cyclotron, which he used to study the structure of the atom, transmute elements, and produce artificial radiation. His work laid the foundation for the development of the atomic bomb.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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