Promontory Prom"on*to*ry, n.; pl. {Promontories}. [ L. promonturium, promunturium; pro before + mons, montis, mountain: cf. F. promontoire. See {Mount}, n.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Phys. Geog.) A high point of land or rock projecting into the sea beyond the line of coast; a headland; a high cape. [1913 Webster]

Like one that stands upon a promontory. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. (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. [1913 Webster]

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  • promontory — 1540s, from M.L. promontorium, altered (by influence of L. mons mount, hill ) from L. promunturium mountain ridge, headland, probably related to prominere jut out (see PROMINENT (Cf. prominent)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • promontory — [n] headland bluff, cape, cheronese, foreland, jetty, jutty, peninsula, point, ridge; concepts 509,514 …   New thesaurus

  • promontory — ► NOUN (pl. promontories) 1) a point of high land jutting out into the sea or a lake. 2) Anatomy a protuberance on an organ or other bodily structure. ORIGIN Latin promontorium, influenced by mons mountain …   English terms dictionary

  • promontory — [präm′ən tôr΄ē] n. pl. promontories [LL promontorium < L promunturium, prob. altered (infl. by mons, MOUNT1) < prominere: see PROMINENT] 1. a peak of high land that juts out into a body of water; headland 2. Anat. a prominent part …   English World dictionary

  • Promontory — A promontory is a prominent mass of land which overlooks lower lying land or a body of water (when it may be called a peninsula or headland).Most promontories are formed either from a hard ridge of rock that has resisted the erosive forces that… …   Wikipedia

  • promontory — Doubling Dou bling, n. 1. The act of one that doubles; a making double; reduplication; also, that which is doubled. [1913 Webster] 2. A turning and winding; as, the doubling of a hunted hare; shift; trick; artifice. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. (Her …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • promontory — [[t]prɒ̱məntri, AM tɔːri[/t]] promontories N COUNT A promontory is a cliff that stretches out into the sea. ...a promontory jutting out into the bay …   English dictionary

  • promontory — UK [ˈprɒmənt(ə)rɪ] / US [ˈprɑmənˌtɔrɪ] noun [countable] Word forms promontory : singular promontory plural promontories a narrow piece of land that sticks out into the sea …   English dictionary

  • promontory — prom|on|to|ry [ˈprɔməntəri US ˈpra:mənto:ri] n plural promontories [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: promonturium] a long narrow piece of land which sticks out into the sea ▪ a rocky promontory …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • promontory — noun a lone beacon shone from the promontory Syn: headland, point, cape, head, foreland, horn, bill, peninsula …   Thesaurus of popular words

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