Definition of Japan

1. Verb. Coat with a lacquer, as done in Japan.

Category relationships: Handicraft
Generic synonyms: Lacquer

2. Noun. A string of more than 3,000 islands to the east of Asia extending 1,300 miles between the Sea of Japan and the western Pacific Ocean.
Exact synonyms: Japanese Archipelago, Japanese Islands
Terms within: Ezo, Hokkaido, Yezo, Hondo, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku, Osaka Bay
Generic synonyms: Archipelago
Group relationships: Pacific, Pacific Ocean

3. Noun. A constitutional monarchy occupying the Japanese Archipelago; a world leader in electronics and automobile manufacture and ship building.

4. Noun. Lacquerware decorated and varnished in the Japanese manner with a glossy durable black lacquer.
Generic synonyms: Lacquerware

5. Noun. Lacquer with a durable glossy black finish, originally from the orient.
Generic synonyms: Lacquer

Definition of Japan

1. n. Work varnished and figured in the Japanese manner; also, the varnish or lacquer used in japanning.

2. a. Of or pertaining to Japan, or to the lacquered work of that country; as, Japan ware.

3. v. t. To cover with a coat of hard, brilliant varnish, in the manner of the Japanese; to lacquer.

Definition of Japan

1. Proper noun. An island nation in the Pacific Ocean, located the east of China, Korea and Russia. ¹

2. Noun. A hard black enamel varnish containing asphalt. ¹

3. Noun. Lacquer ware. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To varnish with japan. ¹

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Definition of Japan

1. to coat with a glossy, black lacquer [v -PANNED, -PANNING, -PANS]

Medical Definition of Japan

1. Of or pertaining to Japan, or to the lacquered work of that country; as, Japan ware. Japan allspice, a cloverlike plant (Lespedeza striata) from Eastern Asia, useful for fodder, first noticed in the Southern United States about 1860, but now become very common. During the Civil War it was called variously Yankee clover and Rebel clover. Japan earth. See Catechu. Japan ink, a kind of writing ink, of a deep, glossy black when dry. Japan varnish, a varnish prepared from the milky juice of the Rhus vernix, a small Japanese tree related to the poison sumac. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Japan

jap clover
japan (current term)
japan clover
japanese b encephalitis
japanese clover

Literary usage of Japan

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1916)
"Outlook 114:50-1 S 13 '16 Great Britain Is japan tired ... Lit Digest 52:369- 70 F 12 '16 japan sticks to Britain. Lit Digest 52:1693 Je 10 '16 japan's ..."

2. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by Anna Lorraine Guthrie, Marion A. Knight, H.W. Wilson Company, Estella E. Painter (1920)
"japan —Continued Privy council Sec Privy council Religious Institutions and ... Open Court 31:641-53 N '17 Pronouncement on education and religion In japan. ..."

3. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1910)
"History of Protestant Missions in japan, Tokyo, 1898: ML Gordon, ... The Church of Christ in japan, Philadelphia, 1906; The Christian Movement in its ..."

4. The American Journal of International Law by American Society of International Law (1917)
"In the course of the address he first spoke of the interest that japan has in law and order in China, an interest hardly second to that of the Chinese, ..."

5. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain). (1894)
"A few years later St. Francis Xavier founded a mission there, to which we owe the first information that we have concerning japan and the japanese. ..."

6. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain). (1901)
"Like the majority of travellers in japan, Miss Davidson has been imbued with the ... Compiled by the officials of the Imperial Geological Survey of japan. ..."

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