Definitions for: Empire


[n] an eating apple that somewhat resembles a McIntosh; used as both an eating and a cooking apple
[n] a group of countries under a single authority; "the British empire"
[n] a group of diverse companies run as a single organization
[n] a monarchy with an emperor as head of state
[n] the domain ruled by an emperor or empress



Webster (1913) Definition: Em"pire, n. [F., fr. L. imperium a command,
sovereignty, dominion, empire, fr. imperare. See Emperor;
cf. Imperial.]
1. Supreme power; sovereignty; sway; dominion. ``The empire
of the sea.'' --Shak.

Over hell extend His empire, and with iron scepter
rule. --Milton.

2. The dominion of an emperor; the territory or countries
under the jurisdiction and dominion of an emperor (rarely
of a king), usually of greater extent than a kingdom,
always comprising a variety in the nationality of, or the
forms of administration in, constituent and subordinate
portions; as, the Austrian empire.

Empire carries with it the idea of a vast and
complicated government. --C. J. Smith.

3. Any dominion; supreme control; governing influence; rule;
sway; as, the empire of mind or of reason. ``Under the
empire of facts.'' --M. Arnold.

Another force which, in the Middle Ages, shared with
chivalry the empire over the minds of men. --A. W.
Ward.

Celestial empire. See under Celestial.

Empire City, a common designation of the city of New York.


Empire State, a common designation of the State of New
York.

Syn: Sway; dominion; rule; control; reign; sovereignty;
government; kingdom; realm; state.

Synonyms: conglomerate

See Also: authorities, corp, corporation, demesne, dessert apple, domain, eating apple, Egypt, Egyptian Empire, government, land, monarchy, Ottoman Empire, Persia, Persian Empire, publishing conglomerate, publishing empire, regime, Roman Empire, Russia, Turkish Empire

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