a city in SE Uzbekistan: taken by Alexander the Great 329 b.c.; Tamerlane’s capital in the 14th century.
a province of the ancient Persian Empire between the Oxus and Jaxartes rivers: now in Uzbekistan.
a city in E Uzbekistan: under Tamerlane it became the chief economic and cultural centre of central Asia, on trade routes from China and India (the “silk road”). Pop: 289 000 (2005 est) Ancient name Maracanda
a region of ancient central Asia. Its chief city was Samarkand
noun 1. a town in central Iraq, on the Tigris: seat of the early Abassid caliphs.
noun 1. a velvet-black mineral, a complex columbate-tantalate of uranium, cerium, etc., occurring in masses: a minor source of uranium, thorium, and rare-earth oxides. noun 1. a velvety black mineral of complex composition occurring in pegmatites: used as a source of uranium and certain rare earth elements
noun, Hinduism. 1. one of the Samhitas, a collection of mantras and tunes used in connection with the Rig-Veda. noun 1. (Hinduism) the third Veda containing the rituals for sacrifices
noun, plural sambas. 1. a rhythmic, Brazilian ballroom dance of African origin. verb (used without object), sambaed, sambaing. 2. to dance the samba. noun (pl) -bas 1. a lively modern ballroom dance from Brazil in bouncy duple time 2. a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance verb -bas, -baing, […]