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See also: columbus
- A male given name from Latin.
- A surname.
- Christopher Columbus (1451?–1506), Italian explorer of the Americas.
- Any of various cities, towns and villages in the United States.
- The capital city of Ohio, United States and the county seat of Franklin County.
- A city, the county seat of Muscogee County, Georgia, United States, with which it is consolidated.
- A village in Adams County, Illinois, United States.
- A city, the county seat of Bartholomew County, Indiana, United States.
- A city, the county seat of Cherokee County, Kansas, United States.
- A tiny home rule city in Hickman County, Kentucky, United States.
- A small city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States.
- A city, the county seat of Lowndes County, Mississippi, United States.
- An unincorporated community in Johnson County, Missouri, United States.
- A town, the county seat of Stillwater County, Montana, United States.
- A city, the county seat of Platte County, Nebraska, United States.
- An unincorporated community in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States.
- A village in Luna County, New Mexico, United States.
- A town in Chenango County, New York, United States.
- A town, the county seat of Polk County, North Carolina, United States.
- A tiny city in Burke County, North Dakota, United States.
- A small city, the county seat of Colorado County, Texas, United States.
- A small city in Columbia County and Dodge County, Wisconsin, United States.
- A town in Columbia County, Wisconsin, United States.
- (capital city of Ohio): Col's
Columbus (plural Columbuses)
- A person who makes a great discovery.
given male name
- (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.
- (derogatory, slang, US) To appropriate; to lay claim to something, especially a discovery, which is perceived as belonging to someone else.
- 2014, Justin Simien, Dear White People, Simon and Schuster, →ISBN, page 97:
- When his black friend tells him that many people knew about the bar before he did, his white friend retorts by saying that he “Columbused it”; i.e., discovered it for white people before a gaggle of hip white people flooded in.
- 2014 July 6, Brenda Salinas, “‘Columbusing’: The Art Of Discovering Something That Is Not New”, in NPR:
- Of course, there is no bouncer, but we can be careful not to Columbus other culture's traditions.