noun \fē-ˈrd, ˈfē-ˌ; ˈfyrd\

: a narrow part of the ocean between cliffs or steep hills or mountains

Full Definition of FJORD

:  a narrow inlet of the sea between cliffs or steep slopes

Variants of FJORD

fjord also fiord \fē-ˈrd, ˈfē-ˌ; ˈfyrd\

Examples of FJORD

  1. <a cruise through the breathtaking fjords along the coast of Norway>

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Origin of FJORD

Norwegian fjord, from Old Norse fjǫrthr — more at ford
First Known Use: 1674

Related to FJORD

arm, bay, bight, cove, creek [chiefly British], embayment, estuary, firth, gulf (also fiord), inlet, loch [Scottish]

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Bradshaw Sound, Fiordland, west coast of South Island, New Zealand—Courtesy of the New Zealand Geological Survey; photograph, T. Ulyatt

Long, narrow arm of the sea, often extending well inland, that results from marine inundation of a glaciated valley. Many fjords are remarkably deep; it is assumed that the huge glaciers that formed in these valleys were so heavy that they eroded the bottoms of the valleys far below sea level. After the glaciers melted, the waters of the sea invaded the valleys.

Variants of FJORD

fjord or fiord


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