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.

2. Noun. The smallest continent; between the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean.

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

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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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Lexicographical Neighbors of Australia

Austin Flint
Austin Flint murmur
Austin Flint phenomenon
Austin Friar
Austin Friars
Austral Islands
Australasian pig-nose turtle
Australasian pig-nose turtles
Australia Day
Australia Felix
Australia antigen
Australian Aboriginal
Australian Aborigine
Australian Alps
Australian Capital Territory
Australian Cattle Dog
Australian Cattle Dogs
Australian Desert
Australian Eastern Standard Time
Australian English
Australian Mist

Literary usage of Australia

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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. ..."

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