• WordNet 3.6
    • n sierra a Spanish mackerel of western North America
    • n sierra a range of mountains (usually with jagged peaks and irregular outline)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Walter Huston and his son John become the first father-and-son team to win Oscars as director of and an actor in "Treasure of Sierra Madre" in 1949.
    • n Sierra A ridge of mountain and craggy rocks, with a serrated or irregular outline; as, the Sierra Nevada. "The wild sierra overhead."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The deepest canyon in the USA is Kings Canyon, East Fresno, CA, which runs through Sierra and Sequoia National Forests. The deepest point, that measures 8,200 ft, is in the Sierra National Park Forest section of the canyon.
    • n sierra A chain of hills or mountains: used as part of the name of many mountain-chains in Spanish or formerly Spanish countries: as, the Sierra. Nevada (in Spain and in California).
    • n sierra A scombroid fish, Scomberomorus caballa, a kind of Spanish mackerel. The sides of the body of the young are relieved by indistinct dark-yellowish spots, which are lost in the adult, and the spinous dorsal has no anterior black blotch. It is the largest species of its genus, and occasionally reaches a weight of 100 pounds. It inhabits the tropical Atlantic, and rarely visits the southern coast of the United States.
    • n sierra Same as chromosphere.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sierra sē-er′ra a ridge of mountains: a scombroid fish.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp., properly, a saw, fr. L. serra, a saw. See Serrate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp., usually derived from L. serra, a saw. Some suggest Ar. sehrah, a desert place, whence also Sahara.


In literature:

It may be said to have been endemic in and south of the Sierra Morena.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
Eastwards are the highest peaks of the province in the Sierra de la Demanda (with the Cerro de San Millan, 6995 ft. high) and in the Sierra de Neila.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
The next day they marched through Plasencia, and halted for the night on the slopes of the Sierra.
"Under Wellington's Command" by G. A. Henty
Twenty-four hours later the huge rounded bulk of the Sierra Nevada loomed dead ahead.
"Frontier Boys in Frisco" by Wyn Roosevelt
He was the youngest child that walked over the Sierra Nevada.
"Ten American Girls From History" by Kate Dickinson Sweetser
It is the great trouble of shepherds to get the flock across the waters that go in and about the Sierras.
"The Spinner's Book of Fiction" by Various
From her veranda she saw the Sierra Madre range and the foothills.
"Gigolo" by Edna Ferber
Towards the east we could see the Sierra La Sal, two clusters of rounded peaks, forty or fifty miles away, forming a majestic picture.
"A Canyon Voyage" by Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
They grow on the western flanks of the Sierra Nevada in California.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
Inhabits also Sierra Leone, Hindostan, and Java.
"Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3" by Various

In poetry:

What mines the morning heavens unfold!
What far Alaskas of the skies!
That, veined with elemental gold,
Sierra on Sierra rise.
"Riches" by Madison Julius Cawein
Above the pines the moon was slowly drifting,
The river sang below;
The dim Sierras, far beyond, uplifting
Their minarets of snow.
"Dickens In Camp" by Francis Bret Harte
An' yours whaur the chimleys auld
Stan up i' the gloamin pale
Wi' the line o' a gran' sierra drawn
On the lift as sharp's wi' a nail.
"Hame" by George MacDonald
Through town and city, far and wide,
Their wandering feet have strayed,
From Alpine lake to ocean tide,
And cold Sierra’s shade.
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Towards yonder cloud-land in the West,
Towards yonder Islands of the Blest,
Whose steep sierra far uplifts
Its craggy summits white with drifts.
"A Day Of Sunshine. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Second)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
O mother mountains, Madre Sierra, I love you!
Rightly you reign o'er the vale that your bounty fills,—
Kissed by the sun, or with big, bright stars above you,—
I murmur your name and lift up mine eyes to the hills.
"Sierra Madre" by Henry Van Dyke

In news:

We could then install the Sierra one-piece headlights with a 10mm socket.
2006 Gmc Sierra Face Off Part 2 Headlight And Grille Brackets.
2006 Gmc Sierra Face Off Part 2 Headlight And Grille.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Northern Hemisphere Harvest Lager.
Follow Five North Carolina high school students along their 220 mile trek on the John Muir Trail through California's Sierra Nevada Mountains.
NGL Energy Partners nets quarterly profit on strength of High Sierra deal.
This summer's acquisition of crude oil gatherer High Sierra Energy LP drove Tulsa-based NGL Energy Partners to $10.1 million in net income for the three months ending Sept 30.
Once a year Mary Breckinridge treks across the High Sierra with a horse and two mules.
A High Sierra state of mind.
Yosemite won't close High Sierra Camps.
LOS ANGELES — Yosemite National Park officials said they "thought very seriously" about closing the High Sierra Camps early after a case of hantavirus was linked to the camps, but have decided to keep them open.
Thanks to Dan Yori, High Sierra Gardens.
High Sierra , California Rainbow caught on a small stonefly.
Vehicle death on Sierra College Boulevard.
The 66 year-old died Wednesday at Sierra Vista Hospital after a short illness.

In science:

Sierra, Stripe Ans¨atze from Exactly Solved Models, Phys.
Computations in Quantum Tensor Networks
Sierra. “A New Solution to the Star–Triangle Equation based on Uq (Sl(2)) at roots of unit”.
Quantum Harmonic Oscillator Algebra and Link Invariants
Sierra, Quantum Group Meaning of the Coulomb Gas, Phys.
Quantum Group Symmetries in Conformal Field Theory
Gomez C.,Sierra C., Quantum group meaning of the Coulomb gas, Phys.
A generalization of Selberg integral
Sierra, Topics in CFT, in Physics and Mathematics of Strings, L.
A Collection of Exercises in Two-Dimensional Physics, Part 1