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CALIFORNIA

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does California mean? 

CALIFORNIA (noun)
  The noun CALIFORNIA has 1 sense:

1. a state in the western United States on the Pacific; the 3rd largest state; known for earthquakes

  Familiarity information: CALIFORNIA used as a noun is very rare.


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CALIFORNIA (noun)


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Meaning:

A state in the western United States on the Pacific; the 3rd largest state; known for earthquakes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

Calif.; California; Golden State; CA

Instance hypernyms:

American state (one of the 50 states of the United States)

Meronyms (parts of "California"):

Mohave; Mohave Desert; Mojave; Mojave Desert (a desert area in southern California and western Arizona)

Death Valley (a desert area that is part of the Mojave Desert in eastern California and southwestern Nevada; contains the lowest point in North America)

Colorado Desert (an arid region of southeastern California)

Silicon Valley (a region in California south of San Francisco that is noted for its concentration of high-technology industries)

Big Sur (a picturesque coastal region of California south of San Francisco)

Santa Cruz (a town in western California on Monterey Bay; a tourist center)

Santa Clara (a city of west central California; residential area with light industry)

Santa Barbara (a town in southwestern California on the Pacific Ocean)

Santa Ana (a city in southern California east of Long Beach)

San Pablo (a town in western California north of Oakland on an arm of San Francisco Bay)

San Mateo (a town in California south of San Francisco)

Lake Tahoe (a lake on the border between Nevada and California west of Carson City; a popular resort area)

Donner Pass (a mountain pass in northeastern California near Lake Tahoe; site where in 1844 some members of an emigrant party survived by eating those who had died)

Golden Gate (a strait in western California that connects the San Francisco Bay with the Pacific Ocean; discovered in 1579 by Sir Francis Drake)

High Sierra; Sierra Nevada; Sierra Nevada Mountains (a mountain range in eastern California; contains Mount Whitney)

Mount Shasta; Shasta (a volcanic mountain peak in the Cascade Range in northern California (14,162 feet high))

San Joaquin Valley (a vast valley in central California known for its rich farmland)

San Joaquin River (a river in central California that rises in the Sierra Nevada and flows northwest to form a large delta with the Sacramento River)

San Fernando Valley (a fertile valley in southern California north of Los Angeles; includes many residential communities)

San Andreas Fault (a major geological fault in California; runs from San Diego to San Francisco; the source of serious earthquakes)

Salton Sea (a saltwater lake in southeastern California)

Sacramento River (a river in northern California rising near Mount Shasta and flowing south to the San Francisco Bay)

Russian River (a river in northern California)

Monterey Bay (an inlet of the Pacific Ocean in western California)

Klamath; Klamath River (a river flowing southwest from Oregon through northern California to the Pacific Ocean)

San Jose (a city in western California located at the southern end of San Francisco Bay south of San Francisco; a center for computer and electronics industries)

San Francisco (a port in western California near the Golden Gate that is one of the major industrial and transportation centers; it has one of the world's finest harbors; site of the Golden Gate Bridge)

Chula Vista (an industrial city in southern California (south of San Diego) near the Mexican border)

Beverly Hills (a city in southwestern California surrounded by Los Angeles; home of many Hollywood actors)

Berkeley (a city in California on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay; site of the University of California at Berkeley)

Barstow (a town in southeastern California)

Bakersfield (a city in south central California at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley)

Anaheim (a city in southern California (southeast of Los Angeles); site of Disneyland)

Channel Islands National Park (a national park in California featuring sea birds and marine life)

Yosemite National Park (a national park in California famous for its waterfalls and rock formations)

Sequoia National Park (a national park in California that includes Mount Whitney)

Redwood National Park (a national park in California featuring a redwood forest and Pacific Ocean coastline)

Lassen Volcanic National Park (a national park in California having mountains and volcanic lakes and hot springs)

Eureka (a town in northwest California on an arm of the Pacific Ocean)

Fresno (a city in south central California in the San Joaquin Valley; center of an important agricultural area and gateway to the Sierra Nevada Mountains)

San Diego (a picturesque city of southern California on San Diego Bay near the Mexican border; site of an important naval base)

San Bernadino (a city in southern California east of Los Angeles)

capital of California; Sacramento (a city in north central California 75 miles northeast of San Francisco on the Sacramento River; capital of California)

Riverside (a city in southern California)

Redding (a town in north central California on the Sacramento River)

Pasadena (a city in southwestern California east of Los Angeles)

Palo Alto (a university town in California)

Oakland (a city in western California on San Francisco Bay opposite San Francisco; primarily and industrial urban center)

Monterey (a town in western California south of San Francisco on a peninsula at the southern end of Monterey Bay)

City of the Angels; Los Angeles (a city in southern California; motion picture capital of the world; most populous city of California and second largest in the United States)

Long Beach (a city in southern California located on 8.5 miles of Pacific beachfront; was a resort until oil was discovered in 1921)

Kings Canyon National Park (a national park in California that has giant sequoia trees and alpine lakes and glaciers)

Holonyms ("California" is a part of...):

America; the States; U.S.; U.S.A.; United States; United States of America; US; USA (North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776)


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