1an industrial port city in north central California, on the eastern side of San Francisco Bay, north of Berkeley; population 102,285 (est. 2008). 2an industrial city in east central Indiana; population 36,733 (est. 2008). 3a city in east central Kentucky, southeast of Lexington; population 32,895 (est. 2008). 4the capital of Virginia, a port on the James River; population 202,002 (est. 2008). During the Civil War, it was the Confederate capital from July 1861 until its capture in 1865.