mainland








noun

  1. the principal land of a country, region, etc., as distinguished from adjacent islands or a peninsula: the mainland of Greece.
  2. (in Hawaii) the 48 contiguous states of the U.S.

noun

  1. the largest of the Shetland Islands. About 200 sq. mi. (520 sq. km).
  2. Pomona(def 3).

noun

  1. the main part of a land mass as opposed to an island or peninsula
  2. the mainland a particular landmass as viewed from a nearby island with which it has close links, such as Great Britain as viewed from Northern Ireland or continental Australia as viewed from Tasmania

noun

  1. an island off N Scotland: the largest of the Shetland Islands. Chief town: Lerwick. Pop: 17 550 (2001). Area: about 583 sq km (225 sq miles)
  2. Also called: Pomona an island off N Scotland: the largest of the Orkney Islands. Chief town: Kirkwall. Pop: 15 315 (2001). Area: 492 sq km (190 sq miles)
  3. the Mainland NZ a South Islanders’ name for South Island

n.c.1400, from main (adj.) + land (n.). Usually referring to continuous bodies of land and not islands or peninsulas. Related: Mainlander.

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