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 for sterling
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sterling \Ster"ling\, n. (Engin.)
     Same as Starling, 3.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sterling \Ster"ling\, a.
     1. 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." --Shak.
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     2. 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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sterling \Ster"ling\, n. [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.]
     1. Any English coin of standard value; coined money.
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              So that ye offer nobles or sterlings. --Chaucer.
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              And Roman wealth in English sterling view.
                                                    --Arbuthnot.
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     2. A certain standard of quality or value for money.
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              Sterling was the known and approved standard in
              England, in all probability, from the beginning of
              King Henry the Second's reign.        --S. M. Leake.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Starling \Star"ling\ (-l[i^]ng), n. [OE. sterlyng, a dim. of OE.
     stare, AS. staer; akin to AS. stearn, G. star, staar, OHG.
     stara, Icel. starri, stari, Sw. stare, Dan. staer, L.
     sturnus. Cf. Stare a starling.]
     1. (Zool.) Any passerine bird belonging to Sturnus and
        allied genera. The European starling ({Sturnus vulgaris)
        is dark brown or greenish black, with a metallic gloss,
        and spotted with yellowish white. It is a sociable bird,
        and builds about houses, old towers, etc. Called also
        stare, and starred. The pied starling of India is
        Sternopastor contra.
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     2. (Zool.) A California fish; the rock trout.
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     3. A structure of piles driven round the piers of a bridge
        for protection and support; -- called also sterling.
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     Rose-colored starling. (Zool.) See Pastor.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  sterling
      adj 1: highest in quality [syn: greatest, sterling(a),
             superlative]
      n 1: British money; especially the pound sterling as the basic
           monetary unit of the UK

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  191 Moby Thesaurus words for "sterling":
     Christian, admirable, and pence, authentic, blameless, bona fide,
     candid, capital, card-carrying, cash, circulating medium, clean,
     coinage, coined liberty, cold cash, creditable, currency, decent,
     dinkum, divine, dollars, emergency money, erect, estimable,
     ethical, excellent, exceptional, exquisite, fair, filthy lucre,
     financial, fine, first-class, fiscal, following the letter,
     fractional currency, full of integrity, genuine, gilt-edged,
     glorious, gold, golden, good, hard cash, hard currency, heavenly,
     high-minded, high-principled, highly respectable, honest,
     honest-to-God, honorable, immaculate, immense, inartificial,
     incomparable, inviolate, irreproachable, just, law-abiding,
     law-loving, law-revering, lawful, legal tender, legitimate,
     lifelike, literal, lucre, magnificent, mammon, managed currency,
     manly, marvelous, matchless, medium of exchange, mintage, monetary,
     money, moral, natural, naturalistic, necessity money, noble,
     nonpareil, numismatic, nummary, original, pecuniary, peerless,
     pelf, postage currency, postal currency, pounds, principled, pure,
     real, realistic, reputable, respectable, right, right-minded,
     righteous, rightful, scrip, sensational, shillings, silver,
     simon-pure, simple, sincere, soft currency, specie, splendid,
     splendiferous, spotless, stainless, sumptuary, super, superb,
     supereminent, superexcellent, superfine, superior, superlative,
     sure-enough, terrific, the almighty dollar, the wherewith,
     the wherewithal, tremendous, true, true to life, true to nature,
     true to reality, true-dealing, true-devoted, true-disposing,
     true-souled, true-spirited, truehearted, unadulterated, unaffected,
     unassumed, unassuming, unblemished, uncolored, unconcocted,
     uncopied, uncorrupt, uncorrupted, uncounterfeited, undefiled,
     undisguised, undisguising, undistorted, unexaggerated,
     unfabricated, unfanciful, unfeigned, unfeigning, unfictitious,
     unflattering, unimagined, unimitated, unimpeachable, uninvented,
     unpretended, unpretending, unqualified, unromantic, unsimulated,
     unspecious, unspotted, unstained, unsullied, unsynthetic,
     untarnished, unvarnished, upright, uprighteous, upstanding, verbal,
     verbatim, veridical, verisimilar, very good, virtuous, wonderful,
     word-for-word, worthy, yeomanly
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  STERLING. Current money of Great Britain, but anciently a small coin, worth 
  about one penny; and so called, as some suppose, because it was stamped with 
  the figure of a small star, or, as others suppose, because it was first 
  stamped in England in the reign of King John, by merchants from Germany 
  called Esterlings. Pounds sterling, originally signified so many pounds in 
  weight of these coins. Thus we find in Matthew Paris, A.D. 1242, the 
  expression "Accepit a rege pro stipendio tredecim libras esterlingorum." The 
  secondary or derived sense is a certain value in current money, whether in 
  coins or other currency. Lowndes, 14. Watts' Gloss. Ad verbum. 
  
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Sterling -- U.S. County in Texas
     Population (2000):    1393
     Housing Units (2000): 633
     Land area (2000):     923.357747 sq. miles (2391.485484 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.131714 sq. miles (0.341137 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    923.489461 sq. miles (2391.826621 sq. km)
     Located within:       Texas (TX), FIPS 48
     Location:             31.818347 N, 101.045503 W
     Headwords:
      Sterling
      Sterling, TX
      Sterling County
      Sterling County, TX
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Sterling, AK -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Alaska
     Population (2000):    4705
     Housing Units (2000): 2554
     Land area (2000):     77.309128 sq. miles (200.229713 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    2.079789 sq. miles (5.386628 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    79.388917 sq. miles (205.616341 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            73070
     Located within:       Alaska (AK), FIPS 02
     Location:             60.529635 N, 150.797887 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     99672
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Sterling, AK
      Sterling
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Sterling, NE -- U.S. village in Nebraska
     Population (2000):    507
     Housing Units (2000): 234
     Land area (2000):     0.404357 sq. miles (1.047279 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    0.404357 sq. miles (1.047279 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            47150
     Located within:       Nebraska (NE), FIPS 31
     Location:             40.461893 N, 96.378355 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     68443
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Sterling, NE
      Sterling
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Sterling, CO -- U.S. city in Colorado
     Population (2000):    11360
     Housing Units (2000): 5171
     Land area (2000):     6.872008 sq. miles (17.798417 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    6.872008 sq. miles (17.798417 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            73935
     Located within:       Colorado (CO), FIPS 08
     Location:             40.625430 N, 103.211783 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     80751
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Sterling, CO
      Sterling
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Sterling, OK -- U.S. town in Oklahoma
     Population (2000):    762
     Housing Units (2000): 348
     Land area (2000):     0.797247 sq. miles (2.064860 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    0.797247 sq. miles (2.064860 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            70150
     Located within:       Oklahoma (OK), FIPS 40
     Location:             34.749450 N, 98.169470 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):    
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Sterling, OK
      Sterling
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Sterling, IL -- U.S. city in Illinois
     Population (2000):    15451
     Housing Units (2000): 6596
     Land area (2000):     4.672171 sq. miles (12.100868 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.188128 sq. miles (0.487249 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    4.860299 sq. miles (12.588117 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            72546
     Located within:       Illinois (IL), FIPS 17
     Location:             41.796805 N, 89.693258 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     61081
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Sterling, IL
      Sterling
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Sterling, KS -- U.S. city in Kansas
     Population (2000):    2642
     Housing Units (2000): 963
     Land area (2000):     1.419463 sq. miles (3.676391 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.035204 sq. miles (0.091178 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    1.454667 sq. miles (3.767569 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            68200
     Located within:       Kansas (KS), FIPS 20
     Location:             38.210658 N, 98.204549 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     67579
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Sterling, KS
      Sterling
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Sterling, MI -- U.S. village in Michigan
     Population (2000):    533
     Housing Units (2000): 197
     Land area (2000):     1.001597 sq. miles (2.594125 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    1.001597 sq. miles (2.594125 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            76420
     Located within:       Michigan (MI), FIPS 26
     Location:             44.032145 N, 84.020308 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     48659
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Sterling, MI
      Sterling
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Sterling, UT -- U.S. town in Utah
     Population (2000):    235
     Housing Units (2000): 81
     Land area (2000):     0.240713 sq. miles (0.623444 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    0.240713 sq. miles (0.623444 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            72940
     Located within:       Utah (UT), FIPS 49
     Location:             39.194264 N, 111.691627 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):    
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Sterling, UT
      Sterling
  

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