head·​land | \ ˈhed-lənd How to pronounce headland (audio) , -ˌland \

Definition of headland

1 : unplowed land at the ends of furrows or near a fence
2 : a point of usually high land jutting out into a body of water : promontory

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Examples of headland in a Sentence

the lighthouse, situated on a narrow, rocky headland, commands an expansive view of the coast navigation is notoriously difficult at the southernmost tip of South America, where ships must round the headland of Cape Horn
Recent Examples on the Web What do a grassy headland on the Oregon coast, a deadly lake in the high desert and a wildflower paradise in the Columbia River Gorge all have in common? oregonlive, "Closed for over a year, Oregon lands owned by The Nature Conservancy set to reopen April 1," 29 Mar. 2021 Across the sea below, whitecaps marched toward the headland of Rubha Hunish. Stanley Stewart, Travel + Leisure, "Visit Distilleries, Castles, and Dramatic Cliffs on Scotland’s Hebrides Islands," 22 Mar. 2021 For a bit more adventure, visitors can head to the Rainbow Caves at the northern end of Moonee Beach and over the headland toward Deep Cave Bay. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, "There Are Pink 'Cotton Candy Caves' in Australia — and They're Absolutely Stunning," 10 Mar. 2021 In 1915, Ralph Clarkson, an engineering professor at Nova Scotia’s Acadia University, prototyped a tidal-power generator with four pumps, powered by a horizontal waterwheel, that lifted water 335 feet into two tanks atop the Cape Split headland. Greta Rybus, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Push for Tidal Power Faces Its Biggest Challenge Yet," 10 Apr. 2020 The Cape is a massive prow, a knobby 1,300-foot-high headland that plunges directly to the sea from the southernmost flank of Isla Hornos. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "The tree at the bottom of the world—and the wind-blasted trek to find it," 7 July 2020 Only a child as unusual as Jarman would draw in the background, behind the cottage, a nuclear power station, which has occupied the flat, windswept Dungeness headland since 1965. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "Reading Derek Jarman Is Strangely Consoling," 13 Apr. 2020 The goats, which normally live on a vast headland near the sea called the Great Orme, have taken advantage of the lack of people and cars to roam into the seaside town. Fox News, "Mountain goats use coronavirus lockdown to take over Welsh town, video shows," 1 Apr. 2020 The goats normally live out on the Great Orme, a rocky headland northwest of town, and occassionally come into the outskirts of Llandudno during windy weather. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "A group of goats took over a UK town on coronavirus lockdown and the photos are incredible," 31 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of headland

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of headland was before the 12th century

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“Headland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headland. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of headland

: a narrow area of land that sticks out into the sea


head·​land | \ ˈhed-lənd How to pronounce headland (audio) \

Kids Definition of headland

: a point of high land sticking out into the sea

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