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Puget Sound

(pyo͞o`jĕt), arm of the Pacific Ocean, NW Wash., connected with the Pacific by Juan de Fuca Strait, entered through the Admiralty Inlet and extending in two arms c.100 mi (160 km) S to Olympia. The sound, which receives many streams from the Cascade Range, has numerous islands and is navigable for large ships. Along its shores are important ports and commercial cities; the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard is at BremertonBremerton
, city (1990 pop. 38,142), Kitsap co., NW Wash., a harbor on an arm of Puget Sound; inc. 1901. The city was established (1891) when the area was selected as the site for the U.S. Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
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. The Puget Sound lowland, which extends south from the sound, is the most densely populated area of Washington; SeattleSeattle
, city (1990 pop. 516,259), seat of King co., W Wash., built on seven hills, between Elliott Bay of Puget Sound and Lake Washington; inc. 1869. Seattle, the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, is the region's commercial, financial, transportation, and industrial hub
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 and TacomaTacoma
, city (1990 pop. 176,664), seat of Pierce co., W Wash., on Commencement Bay and Puget Sound at the mouth of the Puyallup River; inc. 1884. It is a major seaport and railroad terminus and one of the chief industrial cities in the Northwest.
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 are the principal cities. The sound was discovered in 1792 by English Capt. George Vancouver and named for his aide, Peter Puget, who explored it.

Puget Sound

 

an inlet of the Pacific Ocean, off the western coast of North America. The sound juts inland for 126 km. It is 60 km wide at the entrance and reaches a maximum depth of 245 m. Its coastline is extremely indented; the shores are high, hilly or mountainous, and forested. The sound abounds in islands and harbors. On the ocean side, the entrance is shielded by Vancouver Island. The tides are irregular and semidiurnal and reach a height of 4.3 m. The main ports are Seattle, Tacoma, and Bremerton.

Puget Sound

an inlet of the Pacific in NW Washington. Length: about 130 km (80 miles)