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n. pl. po·leis (-lās′)
A city-state of ancient Greece.

[Greek; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl poleis (ˈpɒlaɪs)
(Historical Terms) an ancient Greek city-state
[from Greek: city]


(Law) Scot and Irish the police or a police officer
[C19: a variant pronunciation of police]
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(ˈpoʊ lɪs)

n., pl. -leis (-līs).
an ancient Greek city-state.
[1890–95; < Greek pólis, pl. (Ionic) póleis]


a combining form meaning “city” (metropolis), often used in the formation of place names (Annapolis).
[comb. form representing Greek pólis polis]
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The Greek term for a city-state—an area dominated by and administered from a central fortifiable town.
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Then he saw the Saddhu fall sheer into the hands of the polis - all the effect of thy art.
This innovation increased voluntary associations which, in turn, allowed citizens to learn from a wider range of experts about the problems facing their polis. Ober notes that Syracuse's situation was a bit different, as that polis had to deal with more mercenary "specialists in organized violence" (181), yet they also created democratic institutions.
Four doctors are employed at the Polis Chrysochous hospital, one of whom has resigned, while another is on leave until the end of August.
During his talks with Tsai, Governor Polis explained measures taken by his administration to promote recycling and environmental and economic sustainability while also hoping the current number of 200 Taiwanese students in his state could increase, CNA reported.
"We are excited and grateful for all contributions we have received that helped acquire this office space,and to those volunteering to staff this location," said Jason Williamson, Weld County Board Member at Official Recall Colorado Governor Jared Polis.
In a statement Tuesday, the Ministry said that in the context of a French military exercise there will be helicopter and aircraft flights within the Nicosia FIR, in the areas of Paphos and Polis Chrysochous in the Paphos District.
Polis has outlined a plan for his first 100 days in office that calls for a statewide geographic rating and reconfiguration of rating zones with protections for rural residents who have less access to doctors and higher insurance costs.