American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A projecting land mass; a promontory.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A promontory or cape; a point of land extending into the water some distance from the line of the shore; a headland: as, the North and South Foreland in Kent, England.
- n. In fortification, a piece of ground between the wall of a place and the moat.
- n. The portion of the shore usually left outside of a protecting dike or embankment for the purpose of breaking the force of the waves.
- n. In physical geography, low alluvial land added to the coast of the mainland by the action of the sea or of streams.
- n. A headland.
- n. geology In plate tectonics, the zone adjacent to a mountain chain where material eroded from it is deposited.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A promontory or cape; a headland.
- n. (Fort.) A piece of ground between the wall of a place and the moat.
- n. (Hydraul. Engin.) That portion of the natural shore on the outside of the embankment which receives the stock of waves and deadens their force.
- n. land forming the forward margin of something
- n. a natural elevation (especially a rocky one that juts out into the sea)
- fore- + land (Wiktionary)
“S.W. side of Prince of Wales's Foreland, another inlet into Royal Sound; and it then appeared, that the foreland was the E. point of a large island lying in the mouth of it.”
A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 15 Forming A Complete History Of The Origin And Progress Of Navigation, Discovery, And Commerce, By Sea And Land, From The Earliest Ages To The Present Time
“And this is the furthest place that this yeere we haue entred vp within the streits, and is reckoned from the Cape of the Queenes foreland, which is the entrance of the streites not aboue 30 leagues.”
“Sasol Petroleum International (SPI) has obtained a 51 percent working interest in four hydrocarbon prospecting licences covering a land area of 37,000 square kilometres, close to established gas fields in the "foreland" area of Papua New Guinea.”
“It recently obtained a 51 percent working interest in four hydrocarbon prospecting licenses in the "foreland" area of Papua New”
“As for the sediments themselves, they are pretty much what we would expect to see in a terrestrial foreland basin.”
“They are not very much different from the sediments we can observe in the currently active foreland basin associated with the Andes.”
“He could see three cottages, a pair about a hundred yards from the Grange and a third standing alone higher on the foreland.”
“Lichens/Lichenes of the Bialowieza Forest and its western foreland.”
“Thence did they row with eagerness over the depths of the black Sea, having on the one side the land of the Thracians, on the other Imbros on the south; and as the sun was just setting they reached the foreland of the Chersonesus.”
“He wandered over the foreland hill and returned in the evening, asking for death,”
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