American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A high ridge of land or rock jutting out into a body of water; a headland.
- n. Anatomy A projecting part.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A high point of land or rock projecting into the sea beyond the line of coast; a headland.
- n. In anatomy, a prominent or protuberant part; a prominence, eminence, or protuberance. Of the sacrum, the bold salient angle between the first sacral and last lumbar vertebra, bounding the brim of the true pelvis posteriorly, and especially pronounced in man.
- Resembling a promontory; high; projecting.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Phys. Geog.) A high point of land or rock projecting into the sea beyond the line of coast; a headland; a high cape.
- n. (Anat.) A projecting part. Especially: (a) The projecting angle of the ventral side of the sacrum where it joins the last lumbar vertebra. (b) A prominence on the inner wall of the tympanum of the ear.
- n. a natural elevation (especially a rocky one that juts out into the sea)
- From Latin promontorium, which is said to be derived from either mons ("mountain") or munctor ("nose"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin prōmontorium, alteration (influenced by mōns, mont-, mount) of prōmunturium, probably from prominēre, to jut out; see prominent. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Just over the promontory is an isthmus with a small sheltered beach semi-enclosed by two rocky arms.”
“Though fishermen and picnickers sometimes appear in the afternoons or evenings, the lakefront on both sides of the promontory is pristine and undeveloped.”
“Carmel -- the mountain promontory north of Israel, in Asher, abounding in rich pastures, olives, and vines.”
“He had just become aware of the first dusky breath of the twilight, when a tiny sloop appeared, rounding the Deid Heid, as they called the promontory which closed in the bay on the east.”
“The plants on the promontory are also changing with the season.”
“At the tip of the promontory is the Dungeness nuclear power station.”
“Below the promontory was a level area, perfect for a trading settlement.”
“Libya which is called the promontory of Soloeis, he sailed on towards the South.”
“The promontory was a vast, high meadow flanked by jutting cliffs and broken steeps that narrowed, closing in as the elevation rose toward the level crest that was a jutting shoulder of great Cioudseeker, which stood in the distance behind like a gigantic, three-horned head draped in a sloping cowl.”
“Spread out around our promontory is a deep jagged valley plunging away from us on three sides, softening in its contours at its lower levels.”
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