from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A city of southwest England west of London. It has been an important trading center since the 12th century.
  • A city of extreme northeast Tennessee near Kingsport and Johnson City and contiguous with Bristol, Virginia. Originally the site of a stockade on the Wilderness Road, it is today home to a major auto-racing track.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A seaport city in the west of England.
  • noun a kind of fine pasteboard, made with a smooth but usually unglazed surface.
  • noun a brick of siliceous matter used for polishing cultery; -- originally manufactured at Bristol.
  • noun rock crystal, or brilliant crystals of quartz, found in the mountain limestone near Bristol, and used in making ornaments, vases, etc. When polished, it is called Bristol diamond.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun A city and county in south-west England.
  • proper noun A surname.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an industrial city and port in southwestern England near the mouth of the River Avon


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