American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of fjord.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A deep indentation of the land, forming a comparatively narrow arm of the sea, with more or less precipitous slopes or cliffs on each side. The coast of Norway offers the best examples. True fiords can exist only where a steep and lofty mountain-range borders closely on the sea.
- n. New Zealand A long, narrow, deep inlet between cliffs.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A narrow inlet of the sea, penetrating between high banks or rocks, as on the coasts of Norway and Alaska.
- n. a long narrow inlet of the sea between steep cliffs; common in Norway
- From Norwegian fjord. (Wiktionary)
“The fiord is the show place of the Eastern Arctic and defies description.”
“The fiord was a hive of activity, with ferries crossing from one side of the harbour to the other, local ferries coming and going, and any number of fishing boats.”
“The harbour was the natural fiord, which is now the Vieux port; and the modern splendid street Canebière runs along the site of the old shipbuilding-docks of the Greeks.”
“The outside must always be weakening, and the pressure on the inner increasing by the constant flow of water into the fiord, which is rising day by day.”
“See, the ice of the fiord is a turquoise, the dark pine forests are mere threads of brown; for us all abysses should be thus adorned. ”
“fiord," -- a word which geographers of every nation have adopted into their respective languages.”
“We dove under a glass partition and sat outside wet-haired, close to the edge of the fiord.”
“The fierce wind that had been shoving our vehicle into oncoming cars was whipping the deep-blue fiord into a frenzy.”
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