mesa

[mey-suh]
noun
a land formation, less extensive than a plateau, having steep walls and a relatively flat top and common in arid and semiarid parts of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico.

Origin:
1750–60, Americanism; < Spanish: table < Latin mēnsa

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Mesa

[mey-suh]
noun
a city in central Arizona, near Phoenix.

La Mesa

[lah mey-suh]
noun
a city in SW California.
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mesa (ˈmeɪsə)
 
n
a flat tableland with steep edges, common in the southwestern US
 
[from Spanish: table]

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Word Origin & History

mesa
"high table land," 1759, from Sp. mesa, lit. "table," from L. mensa "table" (cf. Rum. masa, O.Fr. moise "table").
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Science Dictionary
mesa   (mā'sə)  Pronunciation Key 
An area of high land with a flat top and two or more steep, clifflike sides. Mesas are larger than buttes and smaller than plateaus, and are common in the southwest United States.
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Mesa definition


Xerox PARC, 1977. System and application programming for proprietary hardware: Alto, Dolphin, Dorado and Dandelion. Pascal-like syntax, ALGOL68-like semantics. An early version was weakly typed. Mesa's modules with separately compilable definition and implementation parts directly led to Wirth's design for Modula. Threads, coroutines (fork/join), exceptions, and monitors. Type checking may be disabled. Mesa was used internally by Xerox to develop ViewPoint, the Xerox Star, MDE, and the controller of a high-end copier. It was released to a few universitites in 1985. Succeeded by Cedar.
["Mesa Language Manual", J.G. Mitchell et al, Xerox PARC, CSL-79-3 (Apr 1979)].
["Early Experience with Mesa", Geschke et al, CACM 20(8):540-552 (Aug 1977)].

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
MESA
microsurgical epididymal sperm aspiration
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Example sentences
As a result, the formations stay the same height as the original plateau or
  mesa.
He is staring up at a giant wind turbine, towering several hundred feet high
  above the bleak desert mesa.
What's obvious in the photo is the cliff-forming sandstone unit capping the
  mesa.
And then we've made it, to the sprawling, piñon-dotted top of the mesa.
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