Adjective "mesa" definition and examples

(Mesa may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


An isolated flat-topped hill with steep sides, found in landscapes with horizontal strata.
  1. 'Broad mesas and steep canyons stand out clearly.'
  2. 'The Virgin and Santa Clara rivers snake easily between flat-topped mesas, following paths of least resistance.'
  3. 'Red sandstone mesas stretched on either side of Interstate 15, reaching upwards of a couple hundred feet.'
  4. 'Our Southwest Grand Tour leads from Las Vegas into the canyons and mesas that form the heart of the Colorado Plateau.'
  5. 'From Moab, they will drive to Monument Valley, famous for the towering red buttes and mesas, which have formed the background for countless westerns.'
  6. 'After a mile's drive north of the petroglyphs, a short hike pays off - with a vast, spectacular view into the heart of the Swell: Buttes, mesas, and canyons fill the landscape far below me.'
  7. 'He explained the difference between the mesas and buttes in the distance and challenged us to find images of birds, couples dancing joyfully, and snakes in the sticklike forms of petroglyphs.'
  8. 'Today the local economy depends mostly on tourists who come to admire and frolic in the park's mesas, canyons, rivers, and waterfalls.'
  9. 'We'll benefit from vehicle-supported camping with side hikes to canyons and mesas.'
  10. 'The park shows off some of the most striking landscapes of sandstone buttes, mesas, and spires in the entire Southwest.'

More definitions

1. a land formation, less extensive than a plateau, having steep walls and a relatively flat top and common in arid and semiarid parts of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico.

More examples(as adjective)

"airlines can be mesa."


Mid 18th century: Spanish, literally ‘table’, from Latin mensa.