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
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 of headland from the Web
Hong Kong (CNN)The Hong Kong Crown Colony was founded on January 26, 1841, when Britain's Union Flag was raised over Possession Point, a then unremarkable headland in southern China.
From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches to its open grasslands, brushy hillsides, and forested ridges, Point Reyes offers visitors over 1500 species of plants and animals to discover.
Cape Blanco is the westernmost point in the lower 48 states, and a beautiful headland to boot.
Part of the right-of-way can still be seen along the Rockaway headlands and the rail berm in Pedro Point.
Magnetometer readings later taken at the remote site, called Point Rosee by researchers, a grassy headland above a rocky beach an hour’s trek from the nearest road, showed elevated iron readings.
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First Known Use of headland
before 12th century
HEADLAND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of headland for English Language Learners
: a narrow area of land that sticks out into the sea
HEADLAND Defined for Kids
Definition of headland for Students
: a point of high land sticking out into the sea
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