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Dunkirk \Dunkirk\ prop. n. the name of a town and a battle fought there, in World War II (1940) when 330,000 Allied troops had to be evacuated from the beaches at Dunkirk in a desperate retreat under enemy fire. Most of the forces were safely evacuated to England.

Syn: Dunkerque.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

city on the northeast coast of France, French dunkerque, literally "dune church," from Middle Dutch dune (see dune) + kerke (see church (n.)); in reference to the 7c. church of St. Eloi.

Dunkirk, NY -- U.S. city in New York
Population (2000): 13131
Housing Units (2000): 6071
Land area (2000): 4.528592 sq. miles (11.728998 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.043229 sq. miles (0.111963 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 4.571821 sq. miles (11.840961 sq. km)
FIPS code: 21105
Located within: New York (NY), FIPS 36
Location: 42.482959 N, 79.329818 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Dunkirk, NY
Dunkirk, OH -- U.S. village in Ohio
Population (2000): 952
Housing Units (2000): 396
Land area (2000): 0.666379 sq. miles (1.725914 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.058730 sq. miles (0.152111 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.725109 sq. miles (1.878025 sq. km)
FIPS code: 22946
Located within: Ohio (OH), FIPS 39
Location: 40.788588 N, 83.644688 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 45836
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Dunkirk, OH
Dunkirk, IN -- U.S. city in Indiana
Population (2000): 2646
Housing Units (2000): 1214
Land area (2000): 1.125298 sq. miles (2.914509 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.125298 sq. miles (2.914509 sq. km)
FIPS code: 19054
Located within: Indiana (IN), FIPS 18
Location: 40.374392 N, 85.209734 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 47336
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Dunkirk, IN
Dunkirk, MD -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Maryland
Population (2000): 2363
Housing Units (2000): 773
Land area (2000): 6.776007 sq. miles (17.549778 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.501595 sq. miles (1.299126 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 7.277602 sq. miles (18.848904 sq. km)
FIPS code: 24062
Located within: Maryland (MD), FIPS 24
Location: 38.713499 N, 76.670070 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 20754
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Dunkirk, MD
Dunkirk (disambiguation)

Dunkirk (French: Dunkerque), is a town and port in northern France.

Dunkirk or Dunkerque may also refer to:


Dunkirk (, ; ) is a commune in the Nord department in northern France. It lies from the Belgian border. The population of the city (commune) at the 2012 census was 90,995 inhabitants.

Dunkirk (1958 film)

Dunkirk is a 1958 British war film directed by Leslie Norman and starring John Mills, Richard Attenborough and Bernard Lee. It was based on two novels: Elleston Trevor's The Big Pick-Up and Lt. Col. Ewan Hunter and Maj. J. S. Bradford's Dunkirk.

Dunkirk (TV series)

Dunkirk is a 2004 BBC television docudrama about the Battle of Dunkirk and the Dunkirk evacuation in World War II.

Dunkirk (American horse)

Dunkirk is an American Thoroughbred Racehorse born in 2006. He is the son of graded stakes winner and major sire Unbridled's Song and multiple Grade 1 winner Secret Status. He is owned by a syndicate composed of John Magnier, Derrick Smith, and Michael Tabor and trained by Todd Pletcher during his short racing career. Dunkirk acquired a measure of celebrity during the 2007 Keeneland Yearling Auction, where he sold for $3.7million.

Unraced at 2, he broke his maiden at age 3 in 2009 at first asking at Gulfstream Park. He followed that win with an Allowance victory, also at Gulfstream Park. He then placed second in the Florida Derby, a race in which victorious Quality Road set a new track record.

In the 2009 Kentucky Derby, Dunkirk finished 11th after stumbling badly at the beginning. This was the first time he had failed to finish in the top two. He then skipped the mid-May Preakness Stakes and aimed for the Belmont Stakes in early June at Belmont Park.

After setting a fast pace for the first 6 furlongs, Dunkirk was overtaken in the stretch but fought back to finish 2nd behind eventual 3-year old champion Summer Bird, beating the Kentucky Derby winner, Mine That Bird. After the race, it was discovered that Dunkirk had suffered a condylar fracture in his left hind cannon bone. After a successful surgery, Dunkirk was expected to return to racing in 2010 at age 4, but he instead was retired to stand stud at Ashford Stud in Kentucky.

Dunkirk (British horse)

Dunkirk (1957 – 27 December 1965) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse. He won nine of his eighteen races over fences including a 20-length victory in the 1965 Two-Mile Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. The following season he died in the King George VI Chase. He was owned by Bill Whitbread and trained by Peter Cazalet.

Dunkirk (2017 film)

Dunkirk is an upcoming British epic action- thriller film written, co-produced and directed by Christopher Nolan. The story is set in World War II during the Dunkirk evacuation.

Filming began on 23 May 2016 in Dunkirk, France and is shot on IMAX 65 mm and 65 mm large format film stock by cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema.

Usage examples of "dunkirk".

Instead of confronting the Luftwaffe over France or evacuating Allied soldiers from Dunkirk, Skip had been relegated to testing aerocraft at Biddington Airfield until a chap named Cunningham finally came in and replaced him.

Sir Guillaume had been pressing villeroy to go north and east again in an attempt to run past Caen and make Dunkirk, but Villeroy was unhappy with his small sail and even more unhappy with the leaking hull.

Dunkirk and Ostend against Dutch shipping, and the Dunkirkers are none too picky about their targets.

British divisions, stretched from the end of the Maginot Line near Longwy to the Belgian frontier, and behind the frontiers to the sea in front of Dunkirk.

A street in Louvain 202 Fixing on the white Flag for the dash between the lines 202 Refugees from the villages near the Antwerp forts 203 Arrival in Antwerp of refugees from Malines 203 At Malines--a good background for a photograph to send home to Germany 218 His Eminence, Cardinal Mercier 219 Fire at Namur during the bombardment 254 Effect of big German shell on Fort of Waehlem 255 Outside view of the Fort of Waehlem after bombardment 255 View of the Meuse at Huy 262 Refugees fleeing toward Dunkirk before the German advance 263 Graves of civilians shot by the Germans 266 A typical proclamation 266 Views of the Fort of Waehlem after its bombardment 267 Herbert C.

Draco would love to take him for walks on the grounds, when Dunkirk finds the courtyard confining.

Borkenau considers that the Dunkirk business has proved once for all that aeroplanes cannot defeat warships if the latter have planes of their own.

He invited us to visit him at Dunkirk, and I promised to go without intending to do so, but the fates willed otherwise.

The first question the abbe asked me was whether I thought myself capable of paying a visit to eight or ten men-of-war in the roads at Dunkirk, of making the acquaintance of the officers, and of completing a minute and circumstantial report on the victualling, the number of seamen, the guns, ammunition, discipline, etc.

Do not trouble yourself about the matter, but let the Dunkirk merchant come when he likes.

As we rose from the table, Madame went into her closet with her niece and nephew that was to be, and the niece came out in the course of an hour and bade us congratulate her, as she was to be married in a week, and after the wedding she would accompany her husband to Dunkirk.

CHAPTER II The Abby de la Ville--The Abby Galiani--The Neapolitan Dialect--I Set Out for Dunkirk on a Secret Mission I Succeed--I Return to Paris by Amiens--My Adventure by the Way--M.

I called on the banker who gave me the box, and in return for a hundred Louis a letter of credit on a Dunkirk house.

Just as she was praising her husband, and telling me how happy she was, he came in, saying he was delighted to see me and asked me to stay in his house, without enquiring whether my stay in Dunkirk would be a long or short one.

Three or four days later Tiretta came to tell me that the Dunkirk merchant had arrived, that he was coming to dine at Madame's, and that she requested me to make one of the party.