Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A high barren plateau in the Scandinavian countries.

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  • n. A rocky, barren plateau, especially in Scandinavia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Norwegian geography, as used by English writers, one of the high plateaus on the Scandinavian range, which are barren and unfit for cultivation. Often spelled field.

Etymologies

Danish, from Old Norse fjall.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The pastor's house lay so high up on the "fjeld" that corn would not grow on its meadows, where the relentless northern winter seemed to begin so early and end so late.

    Three Comedies

  • "blowin 'sna"; question the Scandinavian, whose calling compels him to encamp on the open "fjeld"; interrogate Swede or Norwegian, Finn or

    The Boy Slaves

  • For example, it is believed that on top of Saana-fjeld permafrost is up to 100m thick.

    Predict future climate change! « Climate Audit

  • Posted May 4, 2006 at 3:43 AM | Permalink | Reply re #40: Yes, it is believed that the word “tundra” comes from the Finnish word “tunturi” which is fjeld in English although there is basicly no tundra in Finland.

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  • I was not even out of temper when I had to retrace my steps across the fjeld to find my way again to the hut.

    Look Back on Happiness

  • Between meals we made up small parties, going this way and that on the sides of the fjeld and in the woods.

    Look Back on Happiness

  • She need not worry, for she has money in the bank, and no doubt there is a young man in the offing, on the other side of the fjeld.

    Look Back on Happiness

  • An occasional tourist came or went, Solem accompanied him across the fjeld, and he was gone.

    Look Back on Happiness

  • One day the postman who crosses the fjeld once a month came on me just as I had shouted.

    Look Back on Happiness

  • Now and then comes a stranger who is going across the fjeld, but things are no longer, I am told, as they were in other years, when visitors came in droves.

    Look Back on Happiness

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