Sharon

Sharon

[shuh-rohn for 1; shar-uhn for 2–5]
noun
1.
Ariel, born 1928, Israeli military and political leader; prime minister 2001–06.
2.
a fertile coastal plain in ancient Palestine: now a coastal region N of Tel Aviv in Israel.
3.
a city in W Pennsylvania.
4.
a town in E Massachusetts.
5.
Also, Sharen. a female given name: from a hebrew word meaning “a plain or flat area.”
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Sharon2 (ˈʃærən)
 
n
Plain of Sharon a plain in W Israel, between the Mediterranean and the hills of Samaria, extending from Haifa to Tel Aviv

Sharon1 (ʃəˈrɒn)
 
n
Ariel (ˈærɪəl). born 1928, Israeli soldier and politician; Likud prime minister (2001--06)

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Sharon
fem. proper name; name of the fertile coastal plain between Jaffa and Mount Carmel, from Heb., aphetic for yesharon, prop. "the Plain," from stem of yashar "was straight, was even" (cf. Heb. mishor "level land, plain"). A top-10 list name for girls born in the U.S. between 1943 and 1949.
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sharon

city, Mercer county, western Pennsylvania, U.S. It lies along the Shenango River at the Ohio border, 14 miles (23 km) northeast of Youngstown, Ohio. Sharon is part of an industrial area that includes Sharpsville, Farrell, and Wheatland. The original settlement developed about 1802 around a gristmill. It was laid out in 1815 and was probably named for the biblical plain. The Sharon Furnace, which was built following the completion of the Lake Erie extension of the Pennsylvania Canal in 1844, became the nucleus of an important steel industry in the city. The manufacture of electric transformers and steel-based products is now the city's main economic activity. The Shenango campus of Pennsylvania State University (Penn State Shenango) opened (1965) in Sharon. Buhl Farm Park and the Shenango Dam and Reservoir are nearby. Inc. borough, 1841; city, 1918. Pop. (1990) 17,493; Sharon MSA, 121,003; (2000) city, 16,328; Sharon MSA, 120,293.

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