Definition of Australia
1. Noun. A nation occupying the whole of the Australian continent; Aboriginal tribes are thought to have migrated from southeastern Asia 20,000 years ago; first Europeans were British convicts sent there as a penal colony.
Geographical relationships: Walkabout, Boomerang, Throw Stick, Throwing Stick, Lagerphone, Swag, Tucker-bag, Aboriginal Australian, Australian, Plonk, Billabong, Pom, Pommy, Mate, Perisher, Returning Officer, Sundowner, Swagger, Swaggie, Swagman, Keith Rupert Murdoch, Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch, Cercospora Kopkei, Yellow Spot Fungus, Gilgai Soil, Bonzer, Sealed
Group relationships: British Commonwealth, Commonwealth Of Nations, British Empire
Generic synonyms: Country, Land, State
Terms within: Australian Capital, Canberra, Capital Of Australia, Australian State, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Norfolk Island, Nullarbor Plain, Gibson Desert, Great Sandy Desert, Great Victoria Desert, Simpson Desert, Australian Alps, Cape York, Cape York Peninsula, Eyre, Lake Eyre, Eyre Peninsula, Great Australian Bight, Great Barrier Reef, Eastern Highlands, Great Dividing Range, Carpentaria, Gulf Of Carpentaria, Murray, Murray River, Murrumbidgee, Murrumbidgee River, Namoi, Namoi River
Member holonyms: Aussie, Australian
Derivative terms: Australian
2. Noun. The smallest continent; between the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean.
Terms within: Commonwealth Of Australia, Tasmania, Australian Desert, Great Australian Desert, Australian Alps, Cape York, Cape York Peninsula, Darling, Darling River, Eyre, Lake Eyre, Eyre Peninsula, Great Australian Bight, Great Barrier Reef, Eastern Highlands, Great Dividing Range, Moreton Bay, Murray, Murray River, Murrumbidgee, Murrumbidgee River
Generic synonyms: Continent
Specialized synonyms: Carpentaria, Gulf Of Carpentaria
Definition of Australia
1. Proper noun. A country in Oceania. Official name: Commonwealth of Australia. ¹
2. Proper noun. (geology) The continent of Australia-New Guinea. New Guinea and the intervening islands are also on the Australian tectonic plate and are thus geologically considered part of the continent. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Medical Definition of Australia
1. The smallest continent and the only one existing as an independent country, comprising six states and one territory. Its capital is canberra. It was first sighted by the spanish in the early 17th century and at that time explored by the dutch who named it new holland. Stories dating from the 2d century a.d. Tell of a "terra australis incognita", unknown southern land. In the 19th century, the continent was circumnavigated by the english explorer matthew finders, who gave it its original name modified as terra australis (no longer "incognita"), shortened later to Australia. (12 Dec 1998)
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Literary usage of Australia
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"There was strength only by the adherents of the Church of The religious statistics of South australia were in the Commonwealth is surpassed in numerical ..."
2. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1875)
"N'EY ACROSS WESTERN australia. igo, nothing was known of australia except a few square miles in the vicinity of the chief towns ; but at the present time ..."
3. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain). (1906)
"325t Studies in australia in 1896: Hon. TA Brassey, IX. 465 Wirtschaftlichen Verhältnisse der australischen Kolonien : K. Jung, XIII. ..."
4. Proceedings by Royal Colonial Institute (Great Britain) (1897)
"Studies in australia in 1896. The Hon. TA Brassey then read his paper on STUDIES ... So many papers on various questions connected with australia have been ..."
5. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1887)
"In April of that year he took his first journey from the east coast of australia to the westward of the parallel of Port Jackson. ..."