state of the SE U.S., on the Atlantic: one of the 13 original states: 30,109 sq mi (77,983 sq km); pop. 4,012,000; cap. Columbia: abbrev. SC or S.C.
See South Carolina in American Heritage Dictionary 4
A state of the southeast United States bordering on the Atlantic Ocean. It was admitted as one of the original Thirteen Colonies in 1788. First visited by Spanish explorers in the early 1500s, the region was granted by Charles II of England to eight of his principal supporters in 1663. The territory was divided into the colonies of North Carolina and South Carolina in 1729. South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union (1860), thus precipitating the Civil War. Columbia is the capital and the largest city. Population: 4,410,000.