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Isthmus definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ISTHMUS, n. ist'mus. [L.] A neck or narrow slip of land by which two continents are connected, or by which a peninsula is united to the mainland. Such is the Neck, so called,which connects Boston with the main land at Roxbury. But the word is applied to land of considerable extent, between seas; as the isthmus of Darien, which connects North and South America,and the isthmus between the Euxine and Caspian seas.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a relatively narrow strip of land (with water on both sides) connecting two larger land areas
2: a cord-like tissue connecting two larger parts of an anatomical structure [syn: isthmus, band]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Latin, from Greek isthmos Date: 1555 1. a narrow strip of land connecting two larger land areas 2. a narrow anatomical part or passage connecting two larger structures or cavities

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a narrow piece of land connecting two larger bodies of land. 2 Anat. a narrow part connecting two larger parts. Etymology: L f. Gk isthmos

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Isthmus Isth"mus (?; 277), n.; pl. Isthmuses. [L. isthmus, Gr. 'isqmo`s a neck, a neck of land between two seas, an isthmus, especially the Isthmus of Corinth; prob. from the root of 'ie`nai to go; cf. Icel. ei[eth] isthmus. See Issue.] (Geog.) A neck or narrow slip of land by which two continents are connected, or by which a peninsula is united to the mainland; as, the Isthmus of Panama; the Isthmus of Suez, etc. Isthmus of the fauces. (Anat.) See Fauces.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(isthmuses) An isthmus is a narrow piece of land connecting two very large areas of land. ...the Isthmus of Panama. N-COUNT: oft in names

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abbreviation, astriction, astringency, bottleneck, canal, cervix, channel, circumscription, coarctation, compactedness, compaction, compression, compressure, concentration, condensation, consolidation, constriction, constringency, contraction, contracture, curtailment, decrease, defile, diminuendo, hourglass, hourglass figure, knitting, narrow, narrow place, narrowing, narrows, neck, pass, puckering, pursing, reduction, shortening, solidification, strait, stranglement, strangulation, striction, stricture, systole, throat, wasp waist, wrinkling



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