• IPA: /kəˈlʌmbəs/
Proper noun
  1. A male given name.
  2. Surname
  3. Christopher Columbus (1451?–1506), Italian explorer of the Americas.
  4. Any of various cities, towns and villages in the United States.
    1. .
    2. A city/county seat in Muscogee County, Georgia, with which it is consolidated.
    3. A village in Adams County, Illinois.
    4. A city/county seat in Bartholomew County, Indiana.
    5. A city/county seat in Cherokee County, Kansas.
    6. A tiny home rule city in Hickman County, Kentucky.
    7. A small city in Anoka County, Minnesota.
    8. A city/county seat in Lowndes County, Mississippi.
    9. An unincorporated community in Johnson County, Missouri.
    10. A town/county seat in Stillwater County, Montana.
    11. A city/county seat in Platte County, Nebraska.
    12. An unincorporated community in Burlington County, New Jersey.
    13. A village in Luna County, New Mexico.
    14. A town in Chenango County, New York.
    15. A town/county seat in Polk County, North Carolina.
    16. A tiny city in Burke County, North Dakota.
    17. A small city/county seat in Colorado County, Texas.
    18. A small city in Columbia County, and.
    19. A town in Columbia County, Wisconsin.
  • (capital city of Ohio) Col's
  • Russian: Колу́мбус
  • Italian: Colombo
  • Russian: Колу́мбус
  • French: Colomb, Christophe Colomb
  • German: Kolumbus, Christoph Kolumbus, Christoph Columbus, Christoph Colon
  • Italian: Cristoforo Colombo, Colombo
  • Portuguese: Colombo
  • Russian: Колу́мб
  • Spanish: Cristóbal Colón, Colón

Columbus (Columbuses, present participle Columbusing; past and past participle Columbused)

  1. (possibly dated, slang) To explore; to go around exploring, to go around as an explorer.
    • 1893, American Boys Afloat: Or, Cruising in the Orient, page 150:
      "But, boy the powers of mud, I belayve you fellers mane to make an indepindint cruise in the Orient, and go Columbusing all over the ocean boy the way ye's talk!"
    • 1908, Out West, volume 28, page 90:
      Callous as the old mummy was about anything and everything save his pet hobby, archaeology, he would sit up and take notice of such a vision ; and Peter felt that, having Columbused the discovery, he had the better right to it.
    • 1908, Sunset, volume 20, page 271:
      To the west of the river lay the country in which I went Columbusing — the enchanted desert whose southern boundary was where the sky reached down and merged with the earth curve, and whose northern limit was the Harqua Hala range […]
    • 1921, Forest Leaves, volume 15, page lxx:
      No street car line passes it, so you'll have to do a little Columbusing on your own account-to find it-—but it's worth discovering, and President Gardner's phophecy sounds conservative.
  2. To appropriate; to lay claim to something, especially a discovery, which belongs to someone else.
    • 2014, NPR: 'Columbusing': The Art Of Discovering Something That Is Not New:
      Of course, there is no bouncer, but we can be careful not to Columbus other culture's traditions.
    • 2015, Elucidating Social Science Concepts: An Interpretivist Guide:
      It is control of stories and storytelling that are ultimately at stake for this blogger and for others who speak of Columbusing in Washington, DC […]

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