What does mesa mean?

Definitions for mesa
ˈmeɪ səmesa

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mesa, tablenoun

    flat tableland with steep edges

    "the tribe was relatively safe on the mesa but they had to descend into the valley for water"

  2. Mesanoun

    a city in Arizona just to the east of Phoenix; originally a suburb of Phoenix


  1. mesanoun

    Flat area of land or plateau higher than other land, with one or more clifflike edges

    " A few more miles of hot sand and gravel and red stone brought us around a low mesa to the Little Colorado."

  2. Etymology: First attested 1759, from mesa, from mensa.


  1. mesa

    A mesa is a flat-topped, elevated landform with steep sides, commonly found in arid or semi-arid regions like deserts. It is typically larger than a butte but smaller than a plateau. The term "mesa" is often used in the Southwestern United States and has Spanish origins, meaning "table," referring to its table-like appearance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mesa

    a high tableland; a plateau on a hill

  2. Etymology: [Sp.]


  1. Mesa

    Mesa is a city in Maricopa County, in the U.S. state of Arizona and is a suburb located about 20 miles east of Phoenix. Mesa is in the East Valley section of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. It is bordered by Tempe on the west, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community on the north, Chandler and Gilbert on the south, and Apache Junction on the east. As of the 2010 Census Mesa became Arizona's center of population. Mesa is the third-largest city in Arizona, after Phoenix and Tucson, the 38th-largest city in the US. The city is home to 439,041 as of 2010, reported by the Census Bureau, making its population larger than more recognizable cities such as Atlanta, Miami, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Greensboro, Pittsburgh, Ft. Wayne, St. Louis, Tulsa, Wichita, and Cleveland. Mesa is home to numerous higher education facilities including Polytechnic campus of Arizona State University.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. MESA

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Mesa is ranked #2656 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Mesa surname appeared 13,566 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 5 would have the surname Mesa.

    83.7% or 11,357 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    10.3% or 1,399 total occurrences were White.
    3.3% or 454 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.1% or 159 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 100 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.7% or 96 total occurrences were Black.

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Anagrams for mesa »

  1. mase

  2. same

  3. seam

  4. ASME

  5. asem

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mesa in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mesa in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of mesa in a Sentence

  1. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey:

    Right now, our hearts and prayers are with the people of Mesa, the individuals affected by this tragedy, and all law enforcement and first responders working to assist the victims.

  2. Robert Johnson:

    Many of you have seen the video of Mesa police…I don’t want this to happen to no one in this particular system…I’m a family man, I’m a God-fearing person, I just want Mesa to be accountable to what they have done.

  3. Kent Green:

    I just hope [this] brings a little positivity to police and what they do behind the scenes every day, every night, it’s not particular to Mesa, it’s not particular to Arizona. It’s everywhere.

  4. Jena Griswold:

    This is a situation of an insider threat, the Mesa County Clerk knowingly allowed a breach of security, and by all evidence, assisted Mesa County.

  5. Robert Johnson:

    Many of you have seen the video of Mesa police. … I don’t want this to happen to no one in this particular system. … I’m a family man, I’m a God-fearing person, I just want Mesa to be accountable to what they have done.

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