former name of .
a group of islands in the W Pacific: with Banaba, the Phoenix Islands, and three of the Line Islands they constitute the independent state of Kiribati; until 1975 they formed part of the British colony of Gilbert and Ellice Islands; achieved full independence in 1979. Pop: 82 902 (2005). Area: 295 sq km (114 sq miles)
[French zheel blah] /French ʒil ˈblɑ/ noun 1. (Gil Blas de Santillane) a picaresque novel (1715–35) by Le Sage.
boiling spring, a mountain range, now Jebel Fukua’, memorable as the scene of Saul’s disastrous defeat by the Philistines. Here also his three sons were slain, and he himself died by his own hand (1 Sam. 28:4; 31:1-8; 2 Sam. 1:6-21; 21:12; 1 Chr. 10:1, 8). It was a low barren range of mountains bounding […]
[gild] /gɪld/ verb (used with object), gilded or gilt, gilding. 1. to coat with gold, gold leaf, or a gold-colored substance. 2. to give a bright, pleasing, or specious aspect to. 3. Archaic. to make red, as with blood. Idioms 4. gild the lily, to add unnecessary ornamentation, a special feature, etc., in an attempt […]
[gil-duh] /ˈgɪl də/ noun 1. a female given name: from an Old English word meaning “golden.”.