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

  • n. A cape or headland.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A promontory; a cape or headland. (frequently used as a suffix in placenames)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A promontory; a cape; a headland.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A point of land running into the sea; a promontory; a headland; a cape.
  • n. A suffix of Anglo-Saxon origin, used to form, from adjectives, nouns denoting the abstract quality of the adjective, as goodness, sweetness, whiteness, humbleness, hopefulness, spiritualness, crookedness, neglectedness, obligingness, the quality or state of being good, sweet, white, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a strip of land projecting into a body of water

Etymologies

Middle English ness, from Old English næss; see nas- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English næs; cognate with Icelandic nes, Swedish näs, Danish næs. Related to nose. (Wiktionary)

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