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 in a Sentence
a mesa in the Arizona desert
Recent Examples of mesa from the Web
Rich’s appointment was praised by Inder Verma, a cancer biologist at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, which is part of the famed life-science mesa that’s anchored by UC San Diego.
Peerwani said King’s mesa colon, the mesentery that supplies blood to the colon, was cut likely a week before his death.
Surrounding it is a landscape of desert, mesas and blue sky, which served as muse for artists such as painter Georgia O’Keefe and photographer Ansel Adams.
If the MSR lander could set down within a five-kilometer landing ellipse atop the mesa, then a seven-kilometer round-trip traverse would permit sampling of some of the layers.
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Origin and Etymology of mesa
Spanish, literally, table, from Latin mensa
First Known Use: 1840
Definition of Mesa
city east of Phoenix in southwest central Arizona population 439,041
MESA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mesa for English Language Learners
: a hill that has a flat top and steep sides and that is found in the southwestern U.S.
Definition of Mesa for English Language Learners
: U.S. city, Arizona
MESA Defined for Kids
Definition of mesa for Students
: a hill with a flat top and steep sides
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