promontory


prom·on·to·ry

noun \ˈprä-mən-ˌtr-ē\

: a high area of land or rock that sticks out into the sea

plural prom·on·to·ries

Full Definition of PROMONTORY

1
a :  a high point of land or rock projecting into a body of water
b :  a prominent mass of land overlooking or projecting into a lowland
2
:  a bodily prominence

Examples of PROMONTORY

  1. <stood on the windswept promontory overlooking the bay>
  2. <Cape May is Delaware Bay's largest promontory.>

Origin of PROMONTORY

Latin promunturium, promonturium; probably akin to prominēre to jut forth — more at prominent
First Known Use: 1548

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Other Geology Terms

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

prom·on·to·ry

noun \ˈpräm-ən-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtr-\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural prom·on·to·ries

Medical Definition of PROMONTORY

: a bodily prominence: as a : the angle of the ventral side of the sacrum where it joins the vertebra b : a prominence on the inner wall of the tympanum of the ear

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