- The capital city (and a city state) of Germany.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Ber"lin (&?;), n. [The capital of Prussia]
1. A four-wheeled carriage, having a sheltered seat
behind the body and separate from it, invented in the 17th century, at
2. Fine worsted for fancy-work; zephyr worsted; --
called also Berlin wool.
Berlin black, a black varnish, drying with almost
a dead surface; -- used for coating the better kinds of ironware.
Ure. -- Berlin blue, Prussian blue.
Ure. -- Berlin green, a complex cyanide of
iron, used as a green dye, and similar to Prussian blue. --
Berlin iron, a very fusible variety of cast iron,
from which figures and other delicate articles are manufactured. These are
often stained or lacquered in imitation of bronze. -- Berlin
shop, a shop for the sale of worsted embroidery and the
materials for such work. -- Berlin work, worsted
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Berlin` (1,579), capital of Prussia and of the German empire; stands
on the Spree, in a flat sandy plain, 177 m. by rail SE. of Hamburg. The
royal and imperial palaces, the great library, the university, national
gallery and museums, and the arsenal are all near the centre of the city.
There are schools of science, art, agriculture, and mining; technical and
military academies; a cathedral and some old churches; zoological and
botanical gardens. Its position between the Baltic and North Seas, the
Spree, the numerous canals and railways which converge on it, render it a
most important commercial centre; its staple trade is in grain, cattle,
spirits, and wool. Manufactures are extensive and very varied; the chief
are woollens, machinery, bronze ware, drapery goods, and beer.
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