Alaska



a state of the United States in NW North America. 586,400 sq. mi. (1,519,000 sq. km).
Capital: Juneau.
Abbreviation: AK (for use with zip code), Alas.
Gulf of, a gulf of the Pacific, on the coast of S Alaska.
Contemporary Examples

Apparently the the March 2006 Prudhoe Bay oil spill, the worst in Alaska’s state history, was no big fuss to Governor Palin.
14 Juiciest Palin Emails The Daily Beast June 12, 2011

Besides Mississippi, other notable red-state freeloaders included Alabama ($2.03), Alaska ($1.93), and South Carolina ($1.92).
After Cochran’s Win: Red-State Socialism Must Be Stopped! Nick Gillespie June 26, 2014

The former Alaska governor released the last batch of emails from when she was in office.
Sarah Palin Emails Reveal Divorce Jokes, Exhaustion, and Trouble With Levi Johnston February 24, 2012

A little fresh air could be a good thing for the grand old party, even an Arctic blast from Alaska.
5 Reasons Palin Will Run Matt Latimer December 5, 2010

In 1919 he became publicity chief of the Republican National Committee, and in 1921 he was appointed governor of Alaska.
The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire H.L. Mencken October 3, 2014

Historical Examples

One can see how easy it will be for a lessee to make money in coal in Alaska.
The Land of Tomorrow William B Stephenson, Jr.

When a man from Juneau speaks of Alaska he means the southeastern coast.
Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled Hudson Stuck

In the statements of the gold supply of the United States the territory of Alaska is included.
Checking the Waste Mary Huston Gregory

Road-houses in Alaska are as various in quality as inns are “outside.”
Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled Hudson Stuck

They were poor, too; everybody does not get rich in the gold diggings, even in Alaska.
Through the Yukon Gold Diggings Josiah Edward Spurr

noun
the largest state of the US, in the extreme northwest of North America: the aboriginal inhabitants are Inuit and Yupik; the earliest White settlements were made by the Russians; it was purchased by the US from Russia in 1867. It is mostly mountainous and volcanic, rising over 6000 m (20 000 ft), with the Yukon basin in the central region; large areas are covered by tundra; it has important mineral resources (chiefly coal, oil, and natural gas). Capital: Juneau. Pop: 648 818 (2003 est). Area: 1 530 694 sq km (591 004 sq miles) Abbreviation Alas, (with zip code) AK
Gulf of Alaska, the N part of the Pacific, between the Alaska Peninsula and the Alexander Archipelago

name first applied 18c. by Russian explorers, from Aleut alaxsxaq, literally “the object toward which the action of the sea is directed” [Bright]. Baked Alaska attested by 1896, so called either for its whiteness or from being cold inside.

State in northwesternmost North America bordered by the Arctic Ocean to the north; Yukon, Canada, to the east; the Pacific Ocean to the south; and the Bering Sea to the west. Its capital is Juneau, and its largest city is Anchorage.

Note: The forty-ninth state, admitted in 1959, and the largest.

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