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promontory

Definition:

a natural elevation (especially a rocky one that juts out into the sea)

Class:

object noun (natural, not man-made, objects)

Plural:

promontories

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

foreland | head | headland | prom. [abbreviation]

Etymology:

Medieval Latin promontorium, altered (by influence of Latin mons "mount, hill")...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Promontory

a prominent mass of land that overlooks lower-lying land or a body of water. Most promontories either are formed from a hard ridge of rock that has resisted the erosive forces that have removed the softer rock to the sides of it, or are the high ground... (47 of 221 words, 1 image)

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Promontory (disambiguation)

a prominent mass of land which overlooks lower lying land or a body of water. Promontory may also refer to: Promontory, Utah, the location where the United States first Transcontinental Railroad was completed | Promontory Mountains, a mountain range in... (39 of 132 words, 6 definitions)

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Wiktionary:

promontory | promontories [plural] | headland [synonym] | hoe [synonym] | cliff [synonym] | acropoleis [plural] | akropoleis [plural] | acropoli [non-standard, plural] | acropolis [non-standard, plural] | ...

A high point of land extending into a body of water, headland; cliff. (13 of 23 words, pronunciations, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/promontory

Collins Dictionary:

promontory | promontories [plural]

a high point of land, especially of rocky coast, that juts out into the sea | [anatomy] any of various projecting structures (21 of 407 words, 2 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/promontory

Merriam-Webster:

promontory | promontories [plural] | ness [synonym, sense-specific] | point [synonym, sense-specific] | headland [synonym, sense-specific] | cape [similar, sense-specific] | foreland [similar, sense-specific] | peninsula [similar, sense-specific] | spit [similar, sense-specific] | ...

a high point of land or rock projecting into a body of water ; a prominent mass of land overlooking or projecting into a lowland | a bodily prominence (28 of 104 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/promontory

Oxford Dictionary:

promontory | promontories [plural] | mull [place names, Scottish]

a point of high land that juts out into the sea or a large lake; a headland | [anatomy] : a protuberance on an organ or other bodily structure. (28 of 68 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/promontory

Random House Dictionary:

promontory | promontories [plural]

a high point of land or rock projecting into the sea or other water beyond the line of coast; a headland. | a bluff, or part of a plateau, overlooking ... (29 of 47 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/promontory

American Heritage Dictionary:

promontory | promontories [plural] | prom. [abbreviation]

A high ridge of land or rock jutting out into a body of water; a headland. | [anatomy] A projecting part. (20 of 46 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/promontory

New World Dictionary:

promontory | promontories [plural]

a peak of high land that juts out into a body of water; headland | [anatomy] a prominent part (18 of 38 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/promontory

Macmillan British Dictionary:

promontory [countable] | promontories [plural]

a narrow piece of land that sticks out into the sea (11 of 36 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/promontory

Cambridge Dictionary:

promontory | headland

a narrow area of high land that sticks out into the sea (12 of 19 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/promontory

Columbia Encyclopedia:

elevation

vertical distance from a datum plane, usually mean sea level to a point above the earth. Often used synonymously with altitude, elevation is the ... (24 of 76 words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

promontory | promontories [plural] | prom. [geography, abbreviation]

a point of land that juts out into the sea | a prominent or protruding part of an organ or structure in the body (23 of 54 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861736578​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

promontory

First use: 1540s

Origin: Medieval Latin promontorium, altered (by influence of Latin mons "mount, hill") from Latin promunturium "mountain ridge, ... (17 of 24 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=promontory

American Heritage Dictionary:

promontory | promontories [plural]

Origin: Latin prōmontorium, alteration (influenced by mōns, mont-, mount) of prōmunturium, probably from prominēre, to jut out; see "prominent".

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New World Dictionary:

promontory | promontories [plural]

Origin: Late Latin promontorium from Latin promunturium, probably altered (influenced by mons, "mount") from prominere: see "prominent"

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Wiktionary:

promontory | promontories [plural]

Origin: Latin promontorium, which is said to be derived from either mons ("mountain") or munctor ("nose").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/promontory

Oxford Dictionary:

promontory | promontories [plural]

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: Latin promontorium, variant (influenced by mons, mont- "mountain") of promunturium

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/promontory

Collins Dictionary:

promontory | promontories [plural]

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin prōmunturium headland; related to prōminēre; see prominent

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/promontory

Merriam-Webster:

promontory | promontories [plural]

First use: 1548

Origin: Latin promunturium, promonturium; probably akin to prominēre to jut forth

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/promontory

Encarta Dictionary:

promontory | promontories [plural]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: medieval Latin promontorium, alteration of Latin promunturium

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861736578​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

promontory | promontories [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "promontory"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/promontory

Macmillan British Dictionary:

promontory [countable] | promontories [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "promontory"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/promontory

Macmillan American Dictionary:

promontory [countable] | promontories [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "promontory"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/promontory

Cambridge Dictionary:

promontory

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "promontory"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "promontory"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/promontory

the Free Dictionary:

promontory

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "promontory"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "promontory"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "promontory" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/promontory

Google Dictionary:

promontory | promontories [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "promontory"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

promontory

Audio: North American pronunciation of "promontory"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=promon​01 word=promontory

YourDictionary Audio:

promontory

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "promontory" by speech synthesizer

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