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a large, four-wheeled, closed carriage hung between two perches and having two interior seats.
Automotive. berline.
(sometimes initial capital letter) Berlin wool.
Irving, 1888–1989, U.S. songwriter.
Isaiah, 1909–97, English political philosopher and historian, born in Latvia.
the capital of Germany, in the NE part: constitutes a state. 341 sq. mi. (883 sq. km). Formerly (1948-90) divided into a western zone (West Berlin) a part of West Germany; and an eastern zone (East Berlin) the capital of East Germany.
a town in central Connecticut.
a city in N New Hampshire.
an automobile with the front and rear compartments separated by a glass partition, as some limousines.
a republic in central Europe: after World War II divided into four zones, British, French, U.S., and Soviet, and in 1949 into East Germany and West Germany; East and West Germany were reunited in 1990. 137,852 sq. mi. (357,039 sq. km).
Capital: Berlin.
Contemporary Examples

John Irving’s Favorite New Thriller John Irving March 24, 2010
The Myth of the Wall’s Fall Peter Beinart November 7, 2009
Susan Sarandon on ‘Jeff, Who Lives at Home,’ Limbaugh, the GOP, Tim Robbins, and More Marlow Stern March 15, 2012
The Savior of Sobibor Richard Rashke October 13, 2013
This Week’s Hot Reads: July 29, 2013 Jessica Ferri, Damaris Colhoun July 28, 2013

Historical Examples

Frank Merriwell’s Son Burt L. Standish
The Works of Whittier, Volume I (of VII) John Greenleaf Whittier
Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work Stephen Samuel Stratton
City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
The Secrets of Potsdam William Le Queux

(sometimes capital) Also called berlin wool. a fine wool yarn used for tapestry work, etc
a four-wheeled two-seated covered carriage, popular in the 18th century
a limousine with a glass partition between the front and rear seats
the capital of Germany (1871–1945 and from 1990), formerly divided (1945–90) into the eastern sector, capital of East Germany, and the western sectors, which formed an exclave in East German territory closely affiliated with West Germany: a wall dividing the sectors was built in 1961 by the East German authorities to stop the flow of refugees from east to west; demolition of the wall began in 1989 and the city was formally reunited in 1990: formerly (1618–1871) the capital of Brandenburg and Prussia. Pop: 3 388 477 (2003 est)
Irving. original name Israel Baline, 1888–1989, US composer and writer of lyrics, born in Russia. His musical comedies include Annie Get Your Gun (1946); his most popular song is White Christmas
Sir Isaiah. 1909–97, British philosopher, born in Latvia, historian, and diplomat. His books include Historical Inevitability (1954) and The Magus of the North (1993)
a country in central Europe: in the Middle Ages the centre of the Holy Roman Empire; dissolved into numerous principalities; united under the leadership of Prussia in 1871 after the Franco-Prussian War; became a republic with reduced size in 1919 after being defeated in World War I; under the dictatorship of Hitler from 1933 to 1945; defeated in World War II and divided by the Allied Powers into four zones, which became established as East and West Germany in the late 1940s; reunified in 1990: a member of the European Union. It is flat and low-lying in the north with plateaus and uplands (including the Black Forest and the Bavarian Alps) in the centre and south. Official language: German. Religion: Christianity, Protestant majority. Currency: euro. Capital: Berlin. Pop: 81 147 265 (2013 est). Area: 357 041 sq km (137 825 sq miles) German name Deutschland Official name Federal Republic of Germany See also East Germany, West Germany related adjective Teutonic

Note: Formerly the capital of Prussia and then of Germany, Berlin was occupied by American, British, French, and Soviet troops after World War II. Disagreements among the Allies led to the partition of the city, with the Soviet zone becoming East Berlin, and the other zones West Berlin. East Berlin became the capital of the communist German Democratic Republic (East Germany), but West Berlin lost its capital status to Bonn in the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany).

Note: The Berlin Airlift of 1948–1949 supplied West Berlin by air transport after the Soviet Union set up a land and water blockade in an attempt to gain political control of this noncommunist “island” in the midst of communist East Germany.

Note: The two Berlins were physically separated by the Berlin Wall, a barrier designed to prevent East Germans from crossing into West Berlin, from 1961 to 1989.

Note: With the reunification of the two Germanys in 1990, the reunified city of Berlin was restored to its place as Germany’s capital.

Note: Germany was a collection of competing states until it was unified during the second half of the nineteenth century under the leadership of Otto von Bismarck.

Note: Germany’s industrial, colonial, and naval expansion was considered a threat by the British and French and was one of the main causes of World War I, in which Germany was badly defeated.

Note: After the defeat of the Nazis in World War II, Germany was divided into four zones occupied by British, French, Soviet, and American forces.

Note: Since reunification Germany has become Europe’s leading economic power. (See East Germany and West Germany under “World History since 1550.”)


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    a soft woolen yarn for embroidery or knitting.

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