Meaning of Gibraltar


Pronunciation: (ji-brôl'tur), [key]
— n.
  1. a British crown colony comprising a fortress and seaport located on a narrow promontory near the S tip of Spain. 29,934; 1 sq. mi. (5 sq. km).
    1. Ancient,Calpe.a long, precipitous mountain nearly coextensive with this colony: one of the Pillars of Hercules. 1396 ft. (426 m) high; 212 mi. (4 km) long.
    2. any person or thing that has strength and endurance that can be relied on.
  2. a strait between Europe and Africa at the Atlantic entrance to the Mediterranean. 8–23 mi. (14–37 km) wide.
  3. any impregnable fortress or stronghold.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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