American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Elevated land.
- n. A mountainous or hilly section of a country.
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a highland.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An abrupt elevation of land; a high promontory or plateau: as, a jutting highland.
- n. plural An elevated region broken into hills and mountains: often used as a proper name: as, the Highlands of Scotland; the Hudson Highlands; the highlands of Abyssinia.
- Pertaining or belonging to high lands or to mountainous regions, especially (with a capital) the Highlands of Scotland: as, highland scenery; highland vegetation.
- n. An area of land that is at elevation; mountainous land.
- adj. Relating to highlands.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Elevated or mountainous land; (often in the pl.) an elevated region or country.
- adj. prenominal of, located in, or characteristic of high or hilly country. Contrasted to
- n. elevated (e.g., mountainous) land
- adj. used of high or hilly country
- From Middle English *hei-land, *heiȝ-land, from Old English hēahland ("highland"), equivalent to high + land. Cognate with Scots heland, heyland, hieland ("highland"), Dutch hoogland ("highland"), German Hochland ("highland"), Danish højland ("highland"), Swedish högland ("highland"). (Wiktionary)
“Hudson and Connecticut rivers, from the highland, which is a continuation of the Kittatinney Ridge down to the Sound.”
“So great an inconvenience lessens their value very much, and makes highland, that is just tolerable, of greater advantage to the owner.”
The Westover Manuscripts: Containing the History of the Dividing Line Betwixt Virginia and North Carolina; A Journey to the Land of Eden, A. D. 1733; and A Progress to the Mines. Written from 1728 to 1736, and Now First Published
“The Mahiccon, or Mahattan, who occupied Staten island, York island, (which from its being the principal seat of their residence was formerly called Mahatton) Long island and that part of New-York and Connecticut which lies between Hudson and Connecticut rivers, from the highland, which is a continuation of the Kittatinney ridge down to the Sound.”
“I say that the first lesson to be learned from this construction is that it was not done on the plains amid the farmlands, that it was done on the highland which is more or less equidistant from the center.”
“Tarrant, another charming "highland" village, and the road, sloping down the entire distance, struck me as one of the best to be on I had travelled in Hampshire, running along a narrow green valley, with oak and birch and bramble and thorn in their late autumn colours growing on the slopes on either hand.”
“The green and fertile region which is thus interposed between the 'highland' and 'lowland' deserts,  participates, curiously enough, in both characters.”
“To write the word "highland," the pen has to make twenty-two strokes.”
“American army; while the Hessian columns, stretching across a chain of the "highland," attempted to turn Gen. Greene's flank, and storm the advanced redoubt.”
“I thought that if the commissioners themselves, and the king of Holland with them, had spent a few days here, with their packs upon their backs, looking for that "highland," they would have had an interesting time, and perhaps it would have modified their views of the question somewhat.”
“The green and fertile region, which is thus interposed between the "highland" and the "lowland" deserts, participates, curiously enough, in both characters.”
The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 1. (of 7): Chaldaea The History, Geography, And Antiquities Of Chaldaea, Assyria, Babylon, Media, Persia, Parthia, And Sassanian or New Persian Empire; With Maps and Illustrations.
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