from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A peak in the Karakoram Range of northern Kashmir in the region controlled by Pakistan. At 8,616.3 m (28,250 ft), it is the second-highest mountain in the world. It was designated K2 in 1856 because it was the second Karakoram peak to be measured for height and was later (1888) named for Henry Haversham Godwin-Austen (1834-1923), a British soldier and surveyor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The world’s second highest mountain, located in the Tibetan Himalayas.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mountain in Northern Kashmir; it is one of the highest in the world, 28,250 feet high.

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

  • n. a mountain peak in the Karakoram Range in northern Kashmir; the 2nd highest peak in the world (28,250 feet high)


Thomas Montgomerie designated the mountain K2 in 1856 for being the second peak of the Karakoram range. (Wiktionary)



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