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state British & World English

The particular condition that someone or something is in at a specific time

Bay State British & World English

informal name for Massachusetts.

Gem State British & World English

informal name for Idaho.

sea state British & World English

The degree of turbulence at sea, generally measured on a scale of 0 to 9 according to average wave height

red state British & World English

A US state that predominantly votes for or supports the Republican Party

two-state British & World English

Capable of existing in either of two states or conditions

Aloha State British & World English

informal name for Hawaii.

blue state British & World English

A US state that predominantly votes for or supports the Democratic Party

city state British & World English

A city that with its surrounding territory forms an independent state

civil state British & World English

The state of being single, married, divorced, or widowed; a person’s marital status

Free State British & World English

A state of the US in which slavery did not exist

First State British & World English

informal name for Delaware.

Peach State British & World English

informal name for the US state of Georgia.

nanny state British & World English

The government regarded as overprotective or as interfering unduly with personal choice

Ocean State British & World English

informal name for Rhode Island.

Slave State British & World English

Any of the Southern states of the US in which slavery was legal before the Civil War

rogue state British & World English

A nation or state regarded as breaking international law and posing a threat to the security of other nations

state house British & World English

(In the US) the building where the legislature of a state meets

state trial British & World English

A trial in which prosecution is made by the state

state visit British & World English

A ceremonial visit to a foreign country by a head of state

swing state British & World English

A US state where the two major political parties have similar levels of support among voters, viewed as important in determining the overall result of a presidential election

solid state British & World English

The state of matter in which materials are not fluid but retain their boundaries without support, the atoms or molecules occupying fixed positions with respect to each other and unable to move freely

wait state British & World English

The condition of computer software or hardware being unable to process further instructions while waiting for some event such as the completion of a data transfer

Karen State British & World English

A state in SE Burma (Myanmar), on the border with Thailand; capital, Pa-an. Inaugurated in 1954 as an autonomous state of Burma, the state was given the traditional Karen name of Kawthoolay in 1964, but reverted to Karen after the 1974 constitution limited its autonomy. The people are engaged in armed conflict with the Burmese government in an attempt to gain independence

altered state British & World English

A state of mind that differs from the normal state of consciousness, typically one induced by drugs, hypnosis, or mental disorder

Badger State British & World English

informal name for Wisconsin.

Beaver State British & World English

informal name for Oregon.

Beehive State British & World English

informal name for Utah.

border state British & World English

Any of the slave states that bordered the northern free states during the US Civil War

Buckeye State British & World English

informal name for Ohio.

buffer state British & World English

A small neutral country situated between two larger hostile countries and serving to prevent the outbreak of regional conflict

cotton state British & World English

Any of the states of the southern US of which cotton is or was a major product

Coyote State British & World English

informal name for South Dakota.

Diamond State British & World English

informal name for the state of Delaware.

Empire State British & World English

informal name for the state of New York.

failed state British & World English

A state whose political or economic system has become so weak that the government is no longer in control

Garden State British & World English

informal name for New Jersey.

ground state British & World English

The lowest energy state of an atom or other particle

Gopher State British & World English

informal name for Minnesota.

Granite State British & World English

informal name for New Hampshire.

nation state British & World English

A sovereign state of which most of the citizens or subjects are united also by factors which define a nation, such as language or common descent

Nutmeg State British & World English

informal name for Connecticut.

Pelican State British & World English

informal name for Louisiana.

Prairie State British & World English

informal name for Illinois.

police state British & World English

A totalitarian state controlled by a political police force that secretly supervises the citizens' activities

Silver State British & World English

informal name for Nevada.

purple state British & World English

A US state where the Democratic and Republican parties have similar levels of support among voters

quantum state British & World English

A state of a quantized system which is described by a set of quantum numbers

State College British & World English

A borough in central Pennsylvania, in the Nittany Valley, home to Pennsylvania State University; population 39,419 (est. 2008)

state machine British & World English

A device which can be in one of a set number of stable conditions depending on its previous condition and on the present values of its inputs


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