denver


denver

< /ˈri oʊ; Spanish ˈri ɔ/, a river in central Argentina, flowing SE from the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean. 530 miles (853 km) long.

noun

  1. a city in central Colorado: the state capital. Pop: 557 478 (2003 est)

noun

  1. a state of the central US: consists of the Great Plains in the east and the Rockies in the west; drained chiefly by the Colorado, Arkansas, South Platte, and Rio Grande Rivers. Capital: Denver. Pop: 4 550 688 (2003 est). Area: 269 998 sq km (104 247 sq miles)Abbreviation: Colo., (with zip code) CO
  2. a river in SW North America, rising in the Rocky Mountains and flowing southwest to the Gulf of California: famous for the 1600 km (1000 miles) of canyons along its course. Length: about 2320 km (1440 miles)
  3. a river in central Texas, flowing southeast to the Gulf of Mexico. Length: about 1450 km (900 miles)
  4. a river in central Argentina, flowing southeast to the Atlantic. Length: about 850 km (530 miles)

city in Colorado, U.S., founded 1858 as Auraria (“golden”), renamed 1859 for Gen. James W. Denver (1817-1892), governor of the territory. The family name is from the place of that name in Norfolk, literally “ford or passage used by the Danes,” from Old English Dena (genitive plural) + fær.

The Denver boot or shoe as the name for a wheel clamp for illegally parked vehicles, supposedly was invented 1953 by Frank Marugg, pattern-maker and violinist with the Denver (U.S.A.) Symphony Orchestra. He was a friend of politicians and police department officials, and the city sheriff’s department came to him for help in making a device to immobilize vehicles whose owners didn’t pay parking tickets.

U.S. state (organized as a territory 1861, admitted as a state 1876), named for the river, Spanish Rio Colorado, from colorado “ruddy, reddish,” literally “colored,” past participle of colorar “to color, dye, paint,” from Latin colorare (see coloration).

Capital of Colorado and the largest city in the state.

State in the west-central United States in the Rocky Mountains, bordered by Wyoming and Nebraska to the north, Nebraska and Kansas to the east, Oklahoma and New Mexico to the south, and Utah to the west. Its capital and largest city is Denver.

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