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1 City (1990 pop. 10,362), seat of Logan co., NE Colo., on the South Platte River; inc. 1884. It is the trading and shipping center of an agricultural area (grain, cattle, dairy products). Oil-related industries developed when oil was discovered nearby in the 1950s. Farm machinery and metal products are manufactured. 2 City (1990 pop. 15,132), Whiteside co., NW Ill., on the Rock River opposite Rock FallsRock Falls,
city (1990 pop. 9,654), Whiteside co., NW Ill., on the Rock River opposite Sterling; inc. 1867. It is an industrial center in a farm region with corn, soybeans, cattle, and hogs. Electronic equipment, feeds, and plastics are manufactured.
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; inc. 1841. It is an industrial center in a farm region. Steel products and machinery are manufactured.



(1) From the 12th century, the English word for “penny”; from the late 14th century, used in the phrase “pound sterling.”

(2) The legal fineness established for British coins: 916 2/3 parts per 1,000 for gold coins, and 925 parts per 1,000 for silver coins.


a. British money
b. (as modifier): sterling reserves
a. short for sterling silver
b. (as modifier): a sterling bracelet
3. an article or articles manufactured from sterling silver
4. a former British silver penny
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I have always said, Captain, without a bit of irony, that you are a sterling officer and a solid citizen, bowled and polished to a degree.
They've got one hundred fathoms of shell money on his head now, which is worth one hundred pounds sterling.
You speak of that annuity in pounds sterling, but it is in reality so many pounds of beefsteaks and so many pints of porter.
Sterling by this time had two additional pupils; for though this gentleman's rise in the world was not of that meteor-like rapidity which the admirers of his extemporaneous eloquence had expected for a preacher whose voice demanded so wide a sphere, he had yet enough of growing prosperity to enable him to increase his expenditure in continued disproportion to his income.