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Spa,commune (1991 pop. 10,140), Liège prov., E Belgium, in the Ardennes. Its therapeutic mineral springs and baths, frequented since the 16th cent., made it an internationally fashionable watering place. Its name became so well known that the word spa is used to designate any health resort. The town had its ultimate vogue in the 18th and 19th cent. At the Spa Conference (1920) the Allies accepted a German plan for the payment of war reparations.
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a city in eastern Belgium, in Liège Province; situated in the Ardennes, on the Vaya’i River. Population, 12,000 (1966). Spa is a well-known balneological health resort.
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Abbr. for “Southern Pine Association.”
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a mineral spring or a place or resort where such a spring is found
a town in E Belgium, in Liège province: a resort with medicinal mineral springs (discovered in the 14th century). Pop.: 10 491 (2004 est.)
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SPA(1) (Software Publishers Association, Washington, DC) In 1999, SPA merged with the IIA (Information Industry Association) to become the Software & Information Industry Association. See SIIA.
The Multi-Page Application (MPA)
In contrast, an MPA loads new complete Web pages as required and is typically a very large site such as an e-commerce store.
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