promontory

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noun prom·on·to·ry \ ˈprä-mən-ˌtȯr-ē \

Definition of promontory

plural promontories
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 in a Sentence

  1. stood on the windswept promontory overlooking the bay

  2. Cape May is Delaware Bay's largest promontory.

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Origin and Etymology of promontory

Latin promunturium, promonturium; probably akin to prominēre to jut forth — more at prominent

promontory Synonyms

Synonyms
ness, point, headland
Related Words
cape, foreland, peninsula, spit; breakwater, jetty, levee

PROMONTORY Defined for English Language Learners

promontory

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Definition of promontory for English Language Learners

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


PROMONTORY Defined for Kids

promontory

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noun prom·on·to·ry \ ˈprä-mən-ˌtȯr-ē \

Definition of promontory for Students

plural promontories
:a high point of land sticking out into the sea

Medical Dictionary

promontory

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noun prom·on·to·ry \ ˈpräm-ən-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- \

medical Definition of promontory

plural promontories
: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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