• WordNet 3.6
    • adj sterling highest in quality
    • n sterling British money; especially the pound sterling as the basic monetary unit of the UK
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Sterling, Colorado, it is unlawful to allow a pet cat to run loose without a taillight.
    • Sterling A certain standard of quality or value for money. "Sterling was the known and approved standard in England, in all probability, from the beginning of King Henry the Second's reign."
    • Sterling Any English coin of standard value; coined money. "So that ye offer nobles or sterlings .""And Roman wealth in English sterling view."
    • Sterling Belonging to, or relating to, the standard British money of account, or the British coinage; as, a pound sterling; a shilling sterling; a penny sterling; -- now chiefly applied to the lawful money of England; but sterling cost, sterling value, are used. "With sterling money."
    • Sterling Genuine; pure; of excellent quality; conforming to the highest standard; of full value; as, a work of sterling merit; a man of sterling good sense.
    • n Sterling (Engin) Same as Starling, 3.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sterling silver contains 7.5% copper.
    • n sterling An obsolete form of starling.
    • n sterling A silver coin struck by English (and Scottish) kings from the time of Richard I. (1190).
    • n sterling English money.
    • sterling Of fixed or standard national value; conforming to the national standard of value: said of English money, and, by extension, of the precious metals: as, a pound sterling; a shilling sterling. Abbreviated ster., stg.
    • sterling Of acknowledged worth or influence; authoritative.
    • sterling Genuine; true; pure; hence, of great value or excellence.
    • n sterling See starling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sterling silver is not pure silver. Because pure silver is too soft to be used in most tableware it is mixed with copper in the proportion of 92.5 percent silver to 7.5 percent copper.
    • adj Sterling stėr′ling a designation of British money—pure, genuine, of good quality—also generally, of value or excellence, authoritative.
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  • Fran Lebowitz
    “You can't go around hoping that most people have sterling moral characters. The most you can hope for is that people will pretend that they do.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sterlynge, starling, for easterling, LL. esterlingus, probably from Easterling, once the popular name of German trades in England, whose money was of the purest quality: cf. MHG. sterlink, a certain coin. Cf. East. “Certain merchants of Norwaie, Denmarke, and of others those parties, called Ostomanni, or (as in our vulgar language we tearme them), easterlings, because they lie east, in respect of us.” Holinshed. “In the time of . . . King Richard the First, monie coined in the east parts of Germanie began to be of especiall request in England for the puritie thereof, and was called Easterling, monie, as all inhabitants of those parts were called Easterlings, and shortly after some of that countrie, skillful in mint matters and allaies, were sent for into this realme to bring the coine to perfection; which since that time was called of them sterling, for Easterling,.” Camden. “Four thousand pound of sterlings,.” R. of Gloucester.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Orig. the name of a penny; prob. from the Hanse merchants or Easterlings ('men from the east'), from North Germany, who had probably the privilege of coining money in England in the 13th century.


In literature:

Then he called Hank Sterling and Arvid Hanson and asked them to come to the laboratory.
"Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X" by Victor Appleton
He was a fellow of sterling character and was studying for the ministry.
"Football Days" by William H. Edwards
This rash and ill conducted expedition entailed on the colony a debt of six thousand pounds sterling.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 1 (of 5)" by John Marshall
Within half a year Buckingham was succeeded by John Sterling as editor.
"Early Reviews of English Poets" by John Louis Haney
I'm very kind to you, Mr. Sterling, to talk to you as I do.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. July, 1878." by Various
Hank Sterling, Chow Winkler, and two crewmen accompanied the boys.
"Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung" by Victor Appleton
Differentiate between socially noble and ignoble traits, between social and educational veneer and sterling inherent capacity.
"How to Live" by Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
The annual value of imports and exports exceeds seven and nine millions sterling respectively.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
New docks were opened in 1892, which cost upwards of two millions sterling.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
He said Mr. Warner lived with the head of the firm, a Mr. Sterling.
"The Adventures of Uncle Jeremiah and Family at the Great Fair" by Charles McCellan Stevens (AKA 'Quondam')

In poetry:

The Cowboy had a sterling heart,
The Maiden was from Boston,
The Rancher saw his wealth depart—
The Steers were what he lost on.
"Western" by Ellis Parker Butler
His sterling worth had worked a cure,
She never heard him grumble;
She saw his soul was good and pure,
Although his rank was humble.
"The Periwinkle Girl" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Now, now the mighty treasure give,
In her for whom alone I live:
In sterling love pay all the sum,
And I'll absolve the fates to come.
"Songs" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
IV. Led by the graces, surrounded by pleasures
Which aim at the heart, or which flow from the soul;
Profusely endow'd with the mind's sterling treasures,
And veil'd in sweet sympathy's magical stole.
"L'Amante Furioso" by Sydney Owenson
Friendship may fail and fly
Off by night and our joy,
With the breath of morning die;
Naught be ours but alloy,
And all that earth holds of joy and of mirth,
Youth's home and mother and her sterling worth
"Youth's Home And Mother" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
The old are sapped and ripe to die,
But in the flush of Spring was I.
I might have fathered children ten,
To come to grips with sterling men;
And now a cross in weeds to rot,
Is all to show how fierce I fought.
"Two Graves" by Robert W Service

In news:

Extras from Nate Tyler, Craig Anderson, Warren Smith, and Sterling Spencer's trip to Nicaragua.
Nilsson of Sterling returned to his Heavenly Father Aug 25, 2012.
Three siblings help form nucleus for Sterling.
Jamie Sterling in the Great Lakes.
Lakshmi is working with Sterling Vineyards on their Ultimate Host competition.
For a group of Hispanic high school students in Sterling, Virginia, there is a special guiding force pushing them to feel confident and proud and to go to college.
Editor's Note: As a staff writer for Phoenix New Times, award-winning journalist Terry Greene Sterling reported for years on the political brawls and human tragedies that have made Arizona the epicenter for the national immigration debate.
Debbie Valcour, at Sterling Middle School, is retiring.
Local news and video for Dixon, Sterling and Rock Falls, Illinois.
2013 top 10 food trends, according to Sterling-Rice Group.
Published October 08, 2012 9:13am by Ed Sterling, Texas Press Association .
For as long as she can remember, Cleo Sterling has been a "critter" person.
Proviso East senior shooting guard Sterling Brown committed to Southern Methodist on Monday.
Could this become new digs for Sterling Cooper.
Weekly specials at Sterles include music and more.

In science:

When κ is small we ⊥ ) ∼ PN ( ¯αlδe)N /N ! = exp(λl) = find, using Sterling’s formula, that F (x, k2 x−λ , with λ = ¯αδe.
A Simple Model for the BFKL-DGLAP Transition
For large n, using Sterling’s formula for large factorials, one can show that the n-photon coincidence scales as Pn ∼ √2πn (ηq Ω/(4πe))n ; in other words, it scales exponentially with the size of the array.
Generation of multi-photon entanglement by propagation and detection
The term ’bubbleton’ is due to Sterling and Wente , and the bubbletons are the solitons of the sinh-Gordon equation.
Bubbletons are not embedded
By repeatedly applying the BianchiB¨acklund transformation to the standard round cylinder one produces the ’multi-bubbletons’ classified by Sterling and Wente .
Bubbletons are not embedded
Sterling et al. (2010) presented observations of an X-ray jet in X-ray telescope (XRT) images also seen in EIS 266′′ slot images consisting of a blend of several lines including He ii and Fe xv.
Can coronal hole spicules reach coronal temperatures?