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Meaning of STATE

Pronunciation:  steyt

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  1. [n]  
  2. [n]  the federal department that sets and maintains foreign policies; "the Department of State was created in 1789"
  3. [n]  a politically organized body of people under a single government; "the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an industrialized land"
  4. [n]  the group of people comprising the government of a sovereign state; "the state has lowered its income tax"
  5. [n]  
  6. [n]  the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation; "his state is in the deep south"
  7. [n]  (informal) a state of depression or agitation; "he was in such a state you just couldn't reason with him"
  8. [n]  (chemistry) the three traditional states of matter are solids (fixed shape and volume) and liquids (fixed volume and shaped by the container) and gases (filling the container); "the solid state of water is called ice"
  9. [adj]  in the service of the community or nation; "state security"
  10. [adj]  supported and operated by the government of a state; "a state university"
  11. [v]  put before; "I submit to you that the accused is guilty"
  12. [v]  express in words; "He said that he wanted to marry her"; "tell me what is bothering you"; "state your opinion"; "state your name"
  13. [v]  indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.; "Can you express this distance in kilometers?"

STATE is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: body politic, commonwealth, country, country, Department of State, land, land, nation, public, put forward, res publica, say, State Department, state of matter, state-supported, submit, tell
 See Also: Abkhaz, Abkhazia, action, activeness, activity, add, administrative district, administrative division, advise, Adzhar, Adzharia, African country, African nation, agency, ally, American state, Andhra Pradesh, announce, answer, antagonism, Antigua and Barbuda, append, articulate, Asian country, Asian nation, Assam, Australia, Australian state, authorities, Bahama Islands, Bahamas, banana republic, Barbados, Bavaria, being, beingness, Bihar, buffer country, buffer state, Buganda, Burkina Faso, Canadian province, Cape Verde, Ceylon, chemical phenomenon, Chihuahua, city state, cleavage, cognitive state, commonwealth, Commonwealth of Australia, Commonwealth of Dominica, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Comoros, condition, conditionality, conflict, country of origin, Cuba, Cyprus, damnation, dead letter, death, declare, degree, delegacy, demesne, Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, denote, department, dependance, dependence, dependency, disorder, domain, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Dutch East Indies, dystopia, emotional state, employ, employment, enmity, enunciate, estate, estate of the realm, eternal damnation, Etruria, European country, European nation, executive department, existence, explain, express, fatherland, Federal Islamic Republic of the Comoros, Federated States of Micronesia, Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Fiji, flawlessness, form, forthcomingness, freedom, Gansu, gas, get out, give, give tongue to, Goa, government, grace, great power, Grenada, Gujarat, Gujerat, Haiti, Hebei, homeland, Hopeh, Hopei, hostility, illumination, immatureness, immaturity, imminence, imminency, impendence, impendency, imperfection, imperfectness, inaction, inactiveness, inactivity, Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Independent State of Samoa, Indonesia, Indonesian Borneo, integrity, introduce, isomerism, Israel, Italian region, Jamaica, kalemia, Kalimantan, Kansu, Karnataka, kingdom, Kiribati, Kosovo, lay out, level, liquid, liquidity, liquidness, Lower Saxony, Madras, major power, Maldives, Malta, Manipur, Marshall Islands, matureness, maturity, Mauritius, medium, mention, Micronesia, midland, misstate, mother country, motherland, motion, motionlessness, Mysore, native land, natural state, Nauru, ne plus ultra, New Zealand, nonbeing, non-issue, North American country, North American nation, note, obligation, observe, office, omnipotence, omniscience, order, Orissa, ornamentation, ownership, Palau, Papua New Guinea, perfection, phase, Philippines, physiological condition, physiological state, plasma, point, political unit, position, power, power, preface, premise, preparation, preparedness, present, propose, province, readiness, receivership, refer, regime, Reich, relationship, remark, reply, represent, representation, Republic of Cape Verde, Republic of Cuba, Republic of Cyprus, Republic of Fiji, Republic of Haiti, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Kiribati, Republic of Maldives, Republic of Malta, Republic of Mauritius, Republic of Nauru, Republic of Palau, Republic of Seychelles, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of the Philippines, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, respond, Saint Christopher-Nevis, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Samoa i Sisifo, Sao Thome e Principe, Sao Tome and Principe, Sao Tome e Principe, saving grace, sea power, Seychelles, Sichuan, Sion, situation, skillfulness, solid, solidness, South American country, South American nation, Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviets, spirit, Sri Lanka, St. Christopher-Nevis, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Thomas and Principe, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, stage, state, state of affairs, state of grace, State of Israel, state of mind, state of nature, status, stillness, suggest, sultanate, sum, sum up, summarise, summarize, superpower, supply, suzerain, Szechuan, Szechwan, Tamil Nadu, tax haven, temporary state, territorial division, Tirol, Transvaal, tribalism, Trinidad and Tobago, TT, Tuvalu, Tyrol, unemployment, unification, union, unity, utopia, utter, verbalise, verbalize, vocalise, vocalize, vote, welfare state, Western Samoa, wholeness, wild, world power, Yisrael, Yunnan, Zion



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \State\, n. [OE. stat, OF. estat, F. ['e]tat, fr. L.
    status a standing, position, fr. stare, statum, to stand. See
    {Stand}, and cf. {Estate}, {Status}.]
    1. The circumstances or condition of a being or thing at any
       given time.
             State is a term nearly synonymous with ``mode,'' but
             of a meaning more extensive, and is not exclusively
             limited to the mutable and contingent. --Sir W.
             Declare the past and present state of things.
             Keep the state of the question in your eye. --Boyle.
    2. Rank; condition; quality; as, the state of honor.
             Thy honor, state, and seat is due to me. --Shak.
    3. Condition of prosperity or grandeur; wealthy or prosperous
       circumstances; social importance.
             She instructed him how he should keep state, and yet
             with a modest sense of his misfortunes. --Bacon.
             Can this imperious lord forget to reign, Quit all
             his state, descend, and serve again?  --Pope.
    4. Appearance of grandeur or dignity; pomp.
             Where least og state there most of love is shown.
    5. A chair with a canopy above it, often standing on a dais;
       a seat of dignity; also, the canopy itself. [Obs.]
             His high throne, . . . under state Of richest
             texture spread.                       --Milton.
             When he went to court, he used to kick away the
             state, and sit down by his prince cheek by jowl.
    6. Estate, possession. [Obs.] --Daniel.
             Your state, my lord, again in yours.  --Massinger.
    7. A person of high rank. [Obs.] --Latimer.
    8. Any body of men united by profession, or constituting a
       community of a particular character; as, the civil and
       ecclesiastical states, or the lords spiritual and temporal
       and the commons, in Great Britain. Cf. {Estate}, n., 6.
    9. The principal persons in a government.
             The bold design Pleased highly those infernal
             states.                               --Milton.
    10. The bodies that constitute the legislature of a country;
        as, the States-general of Holland.
    11. A form of government which is not monarchial, as a
        republic. [Obs.]
              Well monarchies may own religion's name, But states
              are atheists in their very fame.     --Dryden.
    12. A political body, or body politic; the whole body of
        people who are united one government, whatever may be the
        form of the government; a nation.
              Municipal law is a rule of conduct prescribed by
              the supreme power in a state.        --Blackstone.
              The Puritans in the reign of Mary, driven from
              their homes, sought an asylum in Geneva, where they
              found a state without a king, and a church without
              a bishop.                            --R. Choate.
    13. In the United States, one of the commonwealth, or bodies
        politic, the people of which make up the body of the
        nation, and which, under the national constitution,
        stands in certain specified relations with the national
        government, and are invested, as commonwealth, with full
        power in their several spheres over all matters not
        expressly inhibited.
    Note: The term State, in its technical sense, is used in
          distinction from the federal system, i. e., the
          government of the United States.
    14. Highest and stationary condition, as that of maturity
        between growth and decline, or as that of crisis between
        the increase and the abating of a disease; height; acme.
    Note: When state is joined with another word, or used
          adjectively, it denotes public, or what belongs to the
          community or body politic, or to the government; also,
          what belongs to the States severally in the American
          Union; as, state affairs; state policy; State laws of
    {Nascent state}. (Chem.) See under {Nascent}.
    {Secretary of state}. See {Secretary}, n., 3.
    {State barge}a royal barge, or a barge belonging to a
    {State bed}, an elaborately carved or decorated bed.
    {State carriage}, a highly decorated carriage for officials
       going in state, or taking part in public processions.
    {State paper}, an official paper relating to the interests or
       government of a state. --Jay.
    {State prison}, a public prison or penitentiary; -- called
       also {State's prison}.
    {State prisoner}, one is confinement, or under arrest, for a
       political offense.
    {State rights}, or {States' rights}, the rights of the
       several independent States, as distinguished from the
       rights of the Federal government. It has been a question
       as to what rights have been vested in the general
       government. [U.S.]
    {State's evidence}. See {Probator}, 2, and under {Evidence}.
    {State sword}, a sword used on state occasions, being borne
       before a sovereign by an attendant of high rank.
    {State trial}, a trial of a person for a political offense.
    {States of the Church}. See under {Ecclesiastical}.
    Syn: {State}, {Situation}, {Condition}.
    Usage: State is the generic term, and denotes in general the
           mode in which a thing stands or exists. The situation
           of a thing is its state in reference to external
           objects and influences; its condition is its internal
           state, or what it is in itself considered. Our
           situation is good or bad as outward things bear
           favorably or unfavorably upon us; our condition is
           good or bad according to the state we are actually in
           as respects our persons, families, property, and other
           things which comprise our sources of enjoyment.
                 I do not, brother, Infer as if I thought my
                 sister's state Secure without all doubt or
                 controversy.                      --Milton.
                 We hoped to enjoy with ease what, in our
                 situation, might be called the luxuries of life.
                 And, O, what man's condition can be worse Than
                 his whom plenty starves and blessings curse?
  2. \State\, a.
    1. Stately. [Obs.] --Spenser.
    2. Belonging to the state, or body politic; public.
  3. \State\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stated}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To set; to settle; to establish. [R.]
             I myself, though meanest stated, And in court now
             almost hated.                         --Wither.
             Who calls the council, states the certain day.
    2. To express the particulars of; to set down in detail or in
       gross; to represent fully in words; to narrate; to recite;
       as, to state the facts of a case, one's opinion, etc.
    {To state it}. To assume state or dignity. [Obs.] ``Rarely
       dressed up, and taught to state it.'' --Beau. & Fl.
  4. \State\, n.
    A statement; also, a document containing a statement. [R.]
    --Sir W. Scott.
Computing Dictionary

How something is; its configuration, attributes, condition, or information content. The state of a system is usually temporary (i.e. it changes with time) and volatile (i.e. it will be lost or reset to some initial state if the system is switched off).

A state may be considered to be a point in some space of all possible states. A simple example is a light, which is either on or off. A complex example is the electrical activation in a human brain while solving a problem.

In computing and related fields, states, as in the light example, are often modelled as being discrete (rather than continuous) and the transition from one state to another is considered to be instantaneous. Another (related) property of a system is the number of possible states it may exhibit. This may be finite or infinite. A common model for a system with a finite number of discrete state is a finite state machine.

[jargon file]

 Definition: a term used to describe a social formation defined by distinct territorial boundedness, and characterized by strong central government in which the operation of political power is sanctioned by legitimate force. In cultural evolutionist models, it ranks second only to the empire as the most complex societal development stage.