Strait of Magellan

Strait of Magellan
Strait of Ma|gel|lan
the Strait of Magellan
a narrow area of sea between Tierra del Fuego and the ↑mainland of South America. It connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean and was discovered by Ferdinand Magellan in 1520.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Strait of Magellan — The Strait of Magellan (also called the Straits of Magellan or the Magellanic Strait) comprises a navigable sea route immediately south of mainland South America and north of Tierra del Fuego. The waterway is the most important natural passage… …   Wikipedia

  • Strait of Magellan — noun the strait separating South America from Tierra del Fuego and other islands to the south of the continent; discovered by Ferdinand Magellan in 1520; an important route around South America before the Panama Canal was built • Instance… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Strait of Magellan — noun A navigable sea route between the southern coast of Chile and the northern coast of Tierra del Fuego …   Wiktionary

  • Strait of Magellan — channel of water between the South American coast and the islands south of it …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Magellan — may refer to: Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer who led part of the first expedition around the world Magellan (band), a progressive rock band Magellan (search engine), a forerunner of the Excite web portal Lotus Magellan, a file manager… …   Wikipedia

  • Magellan — Magellan1 [mə jel′ən] Ferdinand 1480? 1521; Port. navigator in the service of Spain: discovered the Strait of Magellan & the Philippine Islands Magellanic [maj΄ə lan′ik] adj. Magellan2 [mə jel′ən] Strait of channel between the South American… …   English World dictionary

  • Magellan, Ferdinand — Portuguese Fernão de Magalhães Spanish Fernando de Magallanes born с 1480, Sabrosa, or Porto?, Port. died April 27, 1521, Mactan, Phil. Portuguese navigator and explorer. Born to the nobility, Magellan from 1505 served in expeditions to the East… …   Universalium

  • Strait — A strait is a narrow, navigable channel of water that connects two larger navigable bodies of water. It most commonly refers to a channel of water that lies between two land masses, but it may also refer to a navigable channel through a body of… …   Wikipedia

  • Magellan — I. /məˈdʒɛlən/ (say muh jeluhn) noun Ferdinand, c. 1480–1521, Portuguese navigator; first European to discover the Strait of Magellan and the Philippine Islands. II. /məˈdʒɛlən/ (say muh jeluhn) noun Strait of, a strait near the southern tip of… …  

  • Magellan — Ma|gel|lan, Fer|di|nand (?1480 1521) a Portuguese sailor who most people consider to be the first person to sail all around the world. The ↑Strait of Magellan at the bottom of South America was named after him …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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