Rus·sia n. A country of Europe and Asia.
Russia iron, a kind of sheet iron made in Russia, having a lustrous blue-black surface.
Russia leather, a soft kind of leather, made originally in Russia but now elsewhere, having a peculiar odor from being impregnated with an oil obtained from birch bark. It is much used in bookbinding, on account of its not being subject to mold, and being proof against insects.
Russia matting, matting manufactured in Russia from the inner bark of the linden (Tilia Europaea).
n 1: a former communist country in eastern Europe and northern
Asia; established in 1922; included Russia and 14 other
soviet socialist republics (Ukraine and Byelorussia an
others); officially dissolved 31 December 1991 [syn: Soviet
Union, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, USSR]
2: formerly the largest Soviet Socialist Republic in the USSR
occupying eastern Europe and northern Asia [syn: Soviet
Russia, Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic]
3: a former empire in eastern Europe and northern Asia created
in the 14th century with Moscow as the capital; powerful
in 17-18th centuries under Peter the Great and Catherine
the Great when Saint Petersburg was the capital;
overthrown by revolution in 1917
4: a federation in northeastern Europe and northern Asia;
formerly Soviet Russia; since 1991 an independent state
[syn: Russian Federation]