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Definition of fjord

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

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a cruise through the breathtaking fjords along the coast of Norway
Recent Examples on the Web So Friedrich returned a third time last March, when the fjord was frozen over, immobilizing hundreds of icebergs. Laura Mallonee, Wired, "You Can’t Take This Photo: The Colossal Underbelly of an Iceberg," 10 Feb. 2020 From Anchorage, the air route to Seward is about 86 miles southeast across the Kenai Peninsula and the Kenai Mountains to the coastal town at the north end of a fjord surrounded by mountains ranging from 4,000 to 6,000 feet. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Air ambulance dispatcher didn’t know two companies had already declined night flight that turned deadly, report says," 11 Dec. 2019 At the head of the fjord is a tidewater glacier, a valley glacier that flows all the way to the ocean. Sunset Magazine, "Sail the Seas of the Inside Passage to Witness Seven Natural Wonders," 22 Jan. 2018 Itinerary Itinerary Norway is a country of stunning fjords and soaring peaks whose residents have a storied history of connecting with their natural world. National Geographic, "Norway Expedition: Nordic Cultures and Arctic Exploration," 10 Sep. 2019 Location: Oslo is in southeastern Norway, on a fjord that feeds into the North Sea. Nina B. Lichtenstein, Washington Post, "If you want a more intimate Norwegian experience, head to Trondheim instead of Oslo," 26 Sep. 2019 His arrest has also shaken his hometown, Kirkenes, a prim, fjord-side community in Norway’s far north that has close economic ties with Russia. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, "Norwegian Spy Jailed by Russia Is Free. He’s Angry, Too, but Not at Moscow.," 28 Dec. 2019 But there are hundreds of glaciers overall, and now more are losing ice as warming seas come in contact with them through the fjords., "The Greenland ice sheet’s losses have accelerated so fast since the 1990s it is now shedding more than seven times as much ice each year, according to 89 scientists who use satellites to study the area.," 11 Dec. 2019 Researchers aboard the Adolf Jensen spent this summer setting up instruments along Helheim Glacier in Greenland and taking ocean samples from within its fjord. Science | AAAS, "Drone captures video of melting Greenland glacier," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of fjord

1674, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fjord

Norwegian fjord, from Old Norse fjǫrthr — more at ford

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The first known use of fjord was in 1674

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“Fjord.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fjord

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


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

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