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city in Italy, Italian Genova, from Latin Genua, perhaps from a PIE root meaning "curve, bend," which means it could be a cognate of Geneva. Other theories hold it to be perhaps from janua "gate," or in reference to the Italic god Janus. Adjective forms in English included Middle English Genoway (also in plural, Janeways), c.1400, from Old French Genoveis, from Italian Genovese. In later English, Genoese is from 1550s; Genovese from c.1600.


n. 1 (context nautical English) A staysail that resembles a jib but extends aft beyond the mast. 2 Genoa cake

Genoa, NE -- U.S. city in Nebraska
Population (2000): 981
Housing Units (2000): 442
Land area (2000): 0.792455 sq. miles (2.052450 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.008173 sq. miles (0.021169 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.800628 sq. miles (2.073619 sq. km)
FIPS code: 18475
Located within: Nebraska (NE), FIPS 31
Location: 41.447638 N, 97.732455 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 68640
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Genoa, NE
Genoa, CO -- U.S. town in Colorado
Population (2000): 211
Housing Units (2000): 84
Land area (2000): 0.356206 sq. miles (0.922570 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.356206 sq. miles (0.922570 sq. km)
FIPS code: 29680
Located within: Colorado (CO), FIPS 08
Location: 39.276479 N, 103.498850 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 80818
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Genoa, CO
Genoa, OH -- U.S. village in Ohio
Population (2000): 2230
Housing Units (2000): 883
Land area (2000): 1.496381 sq. miles (3.875610 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.496381 sq. miles (3.875610 sq. km)
FIPS code: 29722
Located within: Ohio (OH), FIPS 39
Location: 41.521021 N, 83.361286 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 43430
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Genoa, OH
Genoa, IL -- U.S. city in Illinois
Population (2000): 4169
Housing Units (2000): 1597
Land area (2000): 1.913447 sq. miles (4.955806 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.913447 sq. miles (4.955806 sq. km)
FIPS code: 28898
Located within: Illinois (IL), FIPS 17
Location: 42.095637 N, 88.694544 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 60135
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Genoa, IL
Genoa, WI -- U.S. village in Wisconsin
Population (2000): 263
Housing Units (2000): 120
Land area (2000): 0.301465 sq. miles (0.780792 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.301465 sq. miles (0.780792 sq. km)
FIPS code: 28625
Located within: Wisconsin (WI), FIPS 55
Location: 43.574155 N, 91.226494 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 54632
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Genoa, WI
Genoa (sail)

The genoa was originally referred to as an "overlapping jib" and later as a Genoa jib. It is a type of large jib or staysail that overlaps the main sail, sometimes eliminating it. It is used on single-masted sloops and twin-masted boats such as yawls and ketches. Its larger surface area increases the speed of the craft in light to moderate winds; in high wind conditions a smaller jib is usually substituted, and downwind a spinnaker may be used. The feature that distinguishes a genoa from a working jib is that the former extends past the mast, overlapping the mainsail when viewed from the side.

Genoa (disambiguation)

Genoa is a city and port in Liguria, Italy.

Genoa may also refer to:

  • The Republic of Genoa, a state in Liguria from ca. 1100 to 1805 with various possessions in the Mediterranean

Genoa ( ; ; Genoese and LigurianZena ; Latin and archaic English Genua) is the capital of Liguria and the sixth largest city in Italy with a population of 588,688 within its administrative limits on a land area of . The urban area called Genoa Metropolitan City has an official population of 862,885. Over 1.5 million people live in the Genoa Metropolitan Area. Genoa is one of Europe's largest cities on the Mediterranean Sea and the largest seaport in Italy.

Genoa has been nicknamed la Superba ("the Proud one") due to its glorious past and impressive landmarks. Part of the old town of Genoa was inscribed on the World Heritage List (UNESCO) in 2006 (see below). The city's rich cultural history in notably its art, music and cuisine allowed it to become the 2004 European Capital of Culture. It is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and Niccolò Paganini.

Genoa, which forms the southern corner of the Milan-Turin-Genoa industrial triangle of north-west Italy, is one of the country’s major economic centres. The city has hosted massive shipyards and steelworks since the 19th century, and its solid financial sector dates back to the Middle Ages. The Bank of Saint George, founded in 1407, is among the oldest in the world and has played an important role in the city’s prosperity since the middle of the 15th century. Today a number of leading Italian companies are based in the city, including Selex ES, Ansaldo Energia, Ansaldo STS, Edoardo Raffinerie Garrone, Piaggio Aerospace and Costa Cruises.

Usage examples of "genoa".

Born in Genoa in 1404, where his family lived in exile from their native Florence, Alberti received the finest education available in northern Italy, studying first at the gymnasium of Padua and then receiving a doctorate in civil and canon law at the University of Bologna.

When old Paolo of Genoa had died they had been left with twenty-nine and Willem had promoted Alain of Arras from page to arbalist rather than take in an outsider.

Nice to Genoa, from Genoa to Turin, from Turin to Chambery, from Chambery to Pont-de-Beauvoisin, and from Pont-de-Beauvoisin to Paris.

I had no hopes of seeing her again, for she lived at Genoa, and I should not have cared to face M.

Marseilles, where they secretly traded casks of wine with the Genoese merchant ships in exchange for imports coming from Kaffa and bound for Genoa.

All these things were in his Ligurian blood, and he breathed them in with the very air of Genoa.

Richard Garrison and Vicki Maler belonged to a gentleman from Genoa named Paulo Palazzi.

The Marseillais, the rabble army who had poured out of the dockyards and prisons of Marseille and Genoa, and marched on Paris, were everywhere.

Toulouse, in Aix, Nimes, Albi, Aries, Carpentras, Montpellier, Genoa, Milan and Burgos, Occitan universities were springing from the ground, while Jeux Floraux, or poetic contests, were everywhere reviving the ancient songs of the Troubadours, dedicated to the quest of the soul and of perfect love.

Barbarossa was by now vastly rich and powerful, his fleets bringing in prizes from Genoa, Naples, Venice, and Spain.

Charlemagne, having quarreled with the Duke of Genoa, proposed that each should send a champion to fight in his name.

Army landed from a naval craft far behind the German lines in Italy to demolish a railroad tunnel between La Spezia and Genoa.

Lotta Stafford, who had gone with her brother for a little tour to Genoa and Spezia, and as far as Pisa.

Air Force established there, it will not be able to do so, and will have to content itself with Spezia and Genoa.

September 8, in accordance with Allied instructions, the main body of the Italian Fleet left Genoa and Spezia on a daring voyage of surrender to Malta, unprotected either by Allied or Italian aircraft.