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all-American (often cap.) an individual selected as a member of a hypothetical team of the best U.S. players in a particular sport. [1/5 definitions]
allotment in the U.S. military, the portion of a person's salary authorized for payment directly to another party, such as a dependent. [1/2 definitions]
Althea Gibson U.S. professional tennis player, who was the first African-American woman to win all the major world singles tennis titles (b.1927--d.2003).
Americanism in the United States, patriotism, or devotion to U.S. customs, institutions, or the like. [1/3 definitions]
American Samoa an unincorporated U.S. territory consisting of seven South Pacific islands north of Tonga. (Cf. Samoa, Western Samoa.)
angstrom (often cap.) a unit of length equal to one hundred-millionth of a centimeter, used in measuring light waves; angstrom unit. (abbr.: A, A.U.)
Annapolis the U.S. Naval Academy located there. [1/2 definitions]
Anne Sullivan a U.S. educator who pioneered techniques for teaching the blind, deaf-blind, and visually impaired through her work with Helen Keller (b.1866--d.1936).
antifederalist (often cap.) a member of, or sympathizer with, the party that opposed the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
AR abbreviation of "Arkansas," a south central U.S. state between Mississippi and Oklahoma.
Arizona a southwestern U.S. state between California and New Mexico. (abbr.: AZ)
Arkansas a south central U.S. state between Mississippi and Oklahoma. (abbr.: AR)
Articles of Confederation a document created in 1781 that served as a set of guidelines for governing the newly formed United States of America. The Articles of Confederation created a "firm league of friendship" among the thirteen original states and maintained the majority of power in states' hands. It was replaced by the U.S. Constitution in 1789.
Atlanta the capital of the U.S. state of Georgia.
attorney general (cap.) the director of the U.S. Department of Justice and a member of the President's Cabinet. [1/2 definitions]
AZ abbreviation of "Arizona," a southwestern U.S. state between California and New Mexico.
B- in the U.S. military, a plane used to transport and drop bombs, such as a B-17 or B-52.
B-1 a heavy U.S. jet bomber built for the 1980s.
B-17 a four-engine U.S. bomber extensively used in World War II; Flying Fortress.
B-29 a heavy U.S. bomber used late in World War II; Superfortress.
B-52 a heavy U.S. bomber with eight jet engines.