promontory

  • 1 Promontory — Prom on*to*ry, n.; pl. {Promontories}. [ L. promonturium, promunturium; pro before + mons, montis, mountain: cf. F. promontoire. See {Mount}, n.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Phys. Geog.) A high point of land or rock projecting into the sea beyond the line …

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  • 2 promontory — 1540s, from M.L. promontorium, altered (by influence of L. mons mount, hill ) from L. promunturium mountain ridge, headland, probably related to prominere jut out (see PROMINENT (Cf. prominent)) …

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  • 3 promontory — [n] headland bluff, cape, cheronese, foreland, jetty, jutty, peninsula, point, ridge; concepts 509,514 …

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  • 4 promontory — ► NOUN (pl. promontories) 1) a point of high land jutting out into the sea or a lake. 2) Anatomy a protuberance on an organ or other bodily structure. ORIGIN Latin promontorium, influenced by mons mountain …

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  • 5 promontory — [präm′ən tôr΄ē] n. pl. promontories [LL promontorium < L promunturium, prob. altered (infl. by mons, MOUNT1) < prominere: see PROMINENT] 1. a peak of high land that juts out into a body of water; headland 2. Anat. a prominent part …

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  • 6 Promontory — A promontory is a prominent mass of land which overlooks lower lying land or a body of water (when it may be called a peninsula or headland).Most promontories are formed either from a hard ridge of rock that has resisted the erosive forces that… …

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  • 7 promontory — Doubling Dou bling, n. 1. The act of one that doubles; a making double; reduplication; also, that which is doubled. [1913 Webster] 2. A turning and winding; as, the doubling of a hunted hare; shift; trick; artifice. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. (Her …

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  • 8 promontory — [[t]prɒ̱məntri, AM tɔːri[/t]] promontories N COUNT A promontory is a cliff that stretches out into the sea. ...a promontory jutting out into the bay …

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  • 9 promontory — UK [ˈprɒmənt(ə)rɪ] / US [ˈprɑmənˌtɔrɪ] noun [countable] Word forms promontory : singular promontory plural promontories a narrow piece of land that sticks out into the sea …

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  • 10 promontory — prom|on|to|ry [ˈprɔməntəri US ˈpra:mənto:ri] n plural promontories [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: promonturium] a long narrow piece of land which sticks out into the sea ▪ a rocky promontory …

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  • 11 promontory — noun a lone beacon shone from the promontory Syn: headland, point, cape, head, foreland, horn, bill, peninsula …

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  • 12 promontory — noun (plural ries) Etymology: Latin promunturium, promonturium; probably akin to prominēre to jut forth more at prominent Date: 1548 1. a. a high point of land or rock projecting into a body of water b. a prominent mass of land overlooking or… …

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  • 13 promontory — a high point of land extending into water; a headland …

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  • 14 promontory — /prom euhn tawr ee, tohr ee/, n., pl. promontories. 1. a high point of land or rock projecting into the sea or other water beyond the line of coast; a headland. 2. a bluff, or part of a plateau, overlooking a lowland. 3. Anat. a prominent or… …

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  • 15 promontory — noun /ˈpɹɒm.ən.tɹi/ A high point of land extending into a body of water, headland; cliff. Syn: headland …

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  • 16 promontory — An eminence or projection; a projection of a part. SYN: promontorium [TA]. [L. promontorium] pelvic p. SYN: sacral p.. sacral p. [TA] the most prominent anterior projection of the base of the …

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  • 17 promontory — Synonyms and related words: beak, bill, breakwater, cape, chersonese, coral reef, delta, foreland, head, headland, hook, mull, naze, ness, peninsula, point, reef, sandspit, spit, spur, tongue …

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  • 18 promontory — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. spit, headland, cape. See height, convexity. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. projection, foreland, point; see land 1 , peninsula . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. headland, head, point, cape, projection,… …

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  • 19 promontory — prom|on|to|ry [ pramən,tɔri ] noun count a narrow piece of land that sticks out into the sea …

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  • 20 promontory — see PROMINENT …

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