- a long, low ridge with a relatively steep face or escarpment on one side and a long, gentle slope on the other.
Origin of cuesta
1810–20, Americanism; < Spanish: shoulder, sloping land < Latin costa side (of a hill), rib; see coast
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Examples from the Web for cuesta
Prior to the loss of these 6000 men, Cuesta's army had been 34,000 strong, with seventy guns.Under Wellington's Command
G. A. Henty
Cuesta (Don Antonio de la), archdeacon of the cathedral of Avila.
Cuesta (Don Jerome de la), penitentiary canon of the cathedral of Avila.
From every angle of the zigzag trail that climbs the cuesta the soldier scanned the valley road and the trail below him.The Andes of Southern Peru
Cuesta did not in fact signify, though it required coolness as well as ability to discern it at such a moment.Battles of English History
H. B. (Hereford Brooke) George
- a long low ridge with a steep scarp slope and a gentle back slope, formed by the differential erosion of strata of differing hardness
Spanish: shoulder, from Latin costa side, rib
- A ridge with a gentle slope on one side and a cliff or escarpment on the other. The gentler slope is formed by the differential erosion of underlying rock, and the cliff consists of an outcrop of harder, more resistant rock.
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