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English Dictionary: University by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
university
n
  1. the body of faculty and students at a university
  2. establishment where a seat of higher learning is housed, including administrative and living quarters as well as facilities for research and teaching
  3. a large and diverse institution of higher learning created to educate for life and for a profession and to grant degrees
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   University \U`ni*ver"si*ty\, n.; pl. {Universities}. [OE.
      universite, L. universitas all together, the whole, the
      universe, a number of persons associated into one body, a
      society, corporation, fr. universus all together, universal:
      cf. F. universit[82]. See {Universe}.]
      1. The universe; the whole. [Obs.] --Dr. H. More.
  
      2. An association, society, guild, or corporation, esp. one
            capable of having and acquiring property. [Obs.]
  
                     The universities, or corporate bodies, at Rome were
                     very numerous. There were corporations of bakers,
                     farmers of the revenue, scribes, and others. --Eng.
                                                                              Cyc.
  
      3. An institution organized and incorporated for the purpose
            of imparting instruction, examining students, and
            otherwise promoting education in the higher branches of
            literature, science, art, etc., empowered to confer
            degrees in the several arts and faculties, as in theology,
            law, medicine, music, etc. A university may exist without
            having any college connected with it, or it may consist of
            but one college, or it may comprise an assemblage of
            colleges established in any place, with professors for
            instructing students in the sciences and other branches of
            learning.
  
                     The present universities of Europe were, originally,
                     the greater part of them, ecclesiastical
                     corporations, instituted for the education of
                     churchmen . . . What was taught in the greater part
                     of those universities was suitable to the end of
                     their institutions, either theology or something
                     that was merely preparatory to theology. --A. Smith.
  
      Note: From the Roman words universitas, collegium, corpus,
               are derived the terms university, college, and
               corporation, of modern languages; and though these
               words have obtained modified significations in modern
               times, so as to be indifferently applicable to the same
               things, they all agree in retaining the fundamental
               signification of the terms, whatever may have been
               added to them. There is now no university, college, or
               corporation, which is not a juristical person in the
               sense above explained [see def. 2, above]; wherever
               these words are applied to any association of persons
               not stamped with this mark, it is an abuse of terms.
               --Eng. Cyc.

From U.S. Gazetteer (1990) [gazetteer]:
   University, MS
      Zip code(s): 38677
   University, VA
      Zip code(s): 22903
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