1. Supreme power; sovereignty; sway; dominion. “The empire of the sea.”
Over hell extend
His empire, and with iron scepter rule. --Milton.
2. The dominion of an emperor; the territory or countries under the jurisdiction and dominion of an emperor (rarely of a king), usually of greater extent than a kingdom, always comprising a variety in the nationality of, or the forms of administration in, constituent and subordinate portions; as, the Austrian empire.
Empire carries with it the idea of a vast and complicated government. --C. J. Smith.
3. Any dominion; supreme control; governing influence; rule; sway; as, the empire of mind or of reason. “Under the empire of facts.”
Another force which, in the Middle Ages, shared with chivalry the empire over the minds of men. --A. W. Ward.
Celestial empire. See under Celestial.
Empire City, a common designation of the city of New York.
Empire State, a common designation of the State of New York.
Syn: -- Sway; dominion; rule; control; reign; sovereignty; government; kingdom; realm; state.
n 1: the domain ruled by an emperor or empress
2: a group of countries under a single authority; "the British
3: a monarchy with an emperor as head of state
4: a group of diverse companies under common ownership and run
as a single organization [syn: conglomerate]
5: an eating apple that somewhat resembles a McIntosh; used as
both an eating and a cooking apple