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empire

1. an aggregate of peoples and territories, often of great extent, under the rule of a single person, oligarchy, or sovereign state
2. any monarchy that for reasons of history, prestige, etc., has an emperor rather than a king as head of state
3. the period during which a particular empire exists
4. supreme power; sovereignty
5. a large industrial organization with many ramifications, esp a multinational corporation

Empire

 

(1) The name for a monarchical state headed by an emperor. An empire is most often a vast state that has incorporated, usually by conquest, the territory of other peoples and states. Some empires included several kingdoms. The Roman state was called an empire after Augustus established the individual power of the emperor in the late first century B.C. Later empires included Byzantium; the Frankish state under Charlemagne, who adopted the title of emperor in 800; and the medieval Holy Roman Empire. Tsarist Russia was an empire from the time of Peter I (1721) until the overthrow of the monarchy in 1917. Other examples of empires are bourgeois France under Napoleon I (the First Empire) and Napoleon III (the Second Empire), Austria from 1804 (Austria-Hungary from 1868) until 1918, and Germany from 1871 until the revolution of 1918.

(2) Large states that have vast colonial possessions. The empire consists of the mother country and its colonies—for example, the British empire included Great Britain and all of its dominions and colonies.

empire

(games)
Any of a family of military simulations derived from a game written by Peter Langston many years ago. Five or six multi-player variants of varying degrees of sophistication exist, and one single-player version implemented for both Unix and VMS; the latter is even available as MS-DOS freeware. All are notoriously addictive.
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Hundred-ton guns were toys compared with the micro- organic projectiles hurled from the laboratories, the messengers of death, the destroying angels that stalked through the empire of a billion souls.
Beginning in 1914, the war in Europe pitted Britain, France, Russia, and eventually the United States, against Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire.
In return for their safety, they would become Foederati, allies that would be zealous defenders of the empire and would swell the ranks of the Legions.
The Empire Zone program offers businesses within designated zones and businesses engaged in specific economic development activities at any location in the State of New York an opportunity to access tax incentives for two of the most pertinent elements for regional economic development: direct capital investments and increases in employment.
At this historical moment, the study of empire should have great resonance in the United States academy.
After viewing the early releases of the movie, many viewers came away from the screening rooms comparing Darth Vader's empire to the actions of President George W.
Using the covenantal structure of the prophets, Jesus attacked the Roman Empire and, on the other side, called for renewed covenant community in the villages of Galilee.
For six films and three decades the Empire has been the archvillain of George Lucas' sci-fi epic.
At its height, the Mongol Empire was the largest contiguous (connected) land empire ever.
WRITING OF BRITAIN'S Victorian empire, James (now Jan) Morris observed that the imperial experience released emotions "laced with the hope of profit, the pleasure of authority and the chance of doing good.
Within three minutes he'd lost the liberals in the crowd, arguing, improbably that the problems in Iraq proved that America ought to be more of an empire, not less of one.
Now even the powerful are acknowledging--even celebrating--the American empire.