noun me·sa \ˈmā-sə\

: a hill that has a flat top and steep sides and that is found in the southwestern U.S.

Full Definition of MESA

:  an isolated relatively flat-topped natural elevation usually more extensive than a butte and less extensive than a plateau; also :  a broad terrace with an abrupt slope on one side :  bench

Examples of MESA

  1. <a mesa in the Arizona desert>

Origin of MESA

Spanish, literally, table, from Latin mensa
First Known Use: 1840

Related to MESA

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, sedimentary, silt, swale

Rhymes with MESA


geographical name Me·sa \ˈmā-sə\

Definition of MESA

city SW cen Arizona E of Phoenix pop 439,041

Rhymes with MESA

MESA Defined for Kids


noun me·sa \ˈmā-sə\

Definition of MESA for Kids

:  a hill with a flat top and steep sides


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