Origin of Nevadaafter Sierra Nevada
Mountain State of the W U.S.: admitted 1864; 109,826 sq mi (284,448 sq km); cap. Carson City: abbrev. NV or Nev
Abbr. NV or Nev.
A state of the western United States. It was admitted as the 36th state in 1864. Part of the area ceded by Mexico to the United States in 1848, it became a separate territory in 1861 after an influx of settlers drawn by the discovery (1859) of the Comstock Lode. Carson City is the capital and Las Vegas the largest city.x
- Ne·vad′an Ne·vad′i·an
- A state of the United States of America Capital: Carson City.
From Spanish nevada, "snow-covered."
- NEVADA (a Spanish word meaning " snow-clad " or " snowy land," originally applied to a snow-capped mountain range on the Pacific slope), one of the far western states of the American Union, lying between 35° and 42° N.
- Nevada is the most sparsely settled state of the Union.
- In the north it is due to the fact that the winds from the Pacific lose most of their moisture, especially in winter, on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada; in the south it is due to the fact that the region lies in a zone of calms, and light, variable winds.
- There are many permanent lakes without outlet fed by the mountain streams; others, snow fed, occur among the Sierra Nevada; and some in the larger mountain masses of the middle region.
- Deprives the winds from the Pacific of nearly all their moisture before they reach the Great Basin, the climate of Nevada is characterized by an excessive dryness.