promontory

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noun prom·on·to·ry \ˈprä-mən-ˌtȯr-ē\

Definition of promontory

plural

promontories

  1. 1a :  a high point of land or rock projecting into a body of waterb :  a prominent mass of land overlooking or projecting into a lowland

  2. 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 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

  1. :  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

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promontories

  1. :  a bodily prominence: asa:  the angle of the ventral side of the sacrum where it joins the vertebrab:  a prominence on the inner wall of the tympanum of the ear



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