sierra

sierra

[see-er-uh]
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; < Spanish: literally, saw < Latin serra

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sierra (sɪˈɛərə)
 
n
a range of mountains with jagged peaks, esp in Spain or America
 
[C17: from Spanish, literally: saw, from Latin serra; see serrate]
 
si'erran
 
adj

Sierra (sɪˈɛərə)
 
n
communications a code word for the letter s

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sierra
"a range of hills," 1613, from Sp. sierra "jagged mountain range," lit. "saw," from L. serra "a saw."
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Science Dictionary
sierra   (sē-ěr'ə)  Pronunciation Key 
A high, rugged range of mountains having an irregular outline somewhat like the teeth of a saw.
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Sierra definition

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)
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