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sierra

[see-er-uh] /siˈɛr ə/
noun
1.
a chain of hills or mountains, the peaks of which suggest the teeth of a saw.
2.
any of several Spanish mackerels of the genus Scomberomorus, especially S. sierra, found in western North America.
3.
a word used in communications to represent the letter S.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Spanish: literally, saw < Latin serra
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British Dictionary definitions for sierra

sierra

/sɪˈɛərə/
noun
1.
a range of mountains with jagged peaks, esp in Spain or America
Derived Forms
sierran, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish, literally: saw, from Latin serra; see serrate

Sierra

/sɪˈɛərə/
noun
1.
(communications) a code word for the letter s
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Word Origin and History for sierra
n.

"a range of hills," 1610s, from Spanish sierra "jagged mountain range," literally "saw," from Latin serra "a saw" (cf. serrated), which is of unknown origin.

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sierra in Science
sierra
  (sē-ěr'ə)   
A high, rugged range of mountains having an irregular outline somewhat like the teeth of a saw.
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sierra in Technology
company, games
(Or "Sierra On-Line") A computer game developer founded in the early 1980s by Ken and Roberta Willams in the small mountain town of Oakhurst California. Sierra was named after the local mountian range, 15 miles from the famous Yosemite National Park.
In 1997 Sierra was purchased by CUC and its main office is now in Seattle, WA, USA.
Products include Kings Quest, Space Quest, Police Quest, Quest for Glory, Robin Hood, Phantasmagoria, Leisure Suit Larry, Eco Quest and many more.
(http://sierra.com /).
(1997-11-23)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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