[waw-ter-loo, wot-er-, waw-ter-loo, wot-er-; for 1 also Flem. vah-tuhr-loh]
Waterloo, commune (1991 pop. 27,860), Walloon Brabant prov., central Belgium, near Brussels. The battle of Waterloo (see Waterloo campaign) was fought just south of there on June 18, 1815. The battle is commemorated by a large monument (built 1823-27).
Waterloo. 1 City (1991 pop. 71,181), SE Ont., Canada. It adjoins Kitchener. Several large insurance companies have their main offices there. Its industries include distilleries and plants making furniture, farm machinery, and metal products. The district was settled (1800-1805) by Mennonites from Pennsylvania. The Univ. of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier Univ. are there. 2 Town (1991 pop. 3,964), S Que., Canada, SE of Montreal. It is the center of a farming region known for its mushrooms. Manufactures include plastics, wire goods, and baby carriages.
Waterloo, city (1990 pop. 66,467), seat of Black Hawk co., NE Iowa, on the Cedar River; inc. 1868. Originally a center for sawmills and flour mills, Waterloo is a trade and industrial center in a farm and livestock area. The city's chief industries are meatpacking, soybean processing, and the manufacture of farm machinery, plastics, fabricated metal products, transportation equipment, and apparel. The National Dairy Cattle Congress is held there each September. A 10-acre (4-hectare) replica of the island where the protagonist of Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe was shipwrecked has been built in the Cedar River at Waterloo.
Waterloo, University of, at Waterloo, Ont., Canada; nondenominational; founded 1957. It has faculties of arts, science, engineering, environmental studies, applied health sciences, mathematics, and graduate studies as well as schools of architecture, optometry, recreation and leisure studies, and urban and regional planning.
Many things bear the name Waterloo. They are almost all named directly or indirectly after the settlement of Waterloo, Belgium and the famous battle which was fought near there. Presently the largest cities with this name are Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and Waterloo, Iowa, U.S.



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