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Definitions for promontory
ˈprɒm ənˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr ipromon·to·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. promontory, headland, head, forelandnoun

    a natural elevation (especially a rocky one that juts out into the sea)


  1. promontorynoun

    A high point of land extending into a body of water, headland; cliff.

  2. Etymology: From promontorium, which is said to be derived from either mons or munctor.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Promont, Promontorynoun

    Promont I have observed only in Suckling. A headland; a cape; high land jutting into the sea.

    Etymology: promontoire, Fr. promontorium, Latin.

    The land did shoot out with a great promontory. George Abbot.

    I have dogs
    Will climb the highest promontory top. William Shakespeare.

    Like one that stands upon a promontory,
    And spies a far off shore where he would tread. William Shakespeare.

    A forked mountain, or blue promontory,
    With trees upon’t, nod unto the world,
    And mock our eyes with air. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleop.

    The waving sea can with each flood
    Bath some high promont. John Suckling.

    They, on their heads,
    Main promontories flung, which in the air
    Came shadowing, and oppress’d whole legions arm’d. John Milton.

    Every gust of rugged winds,
    That blows from off each beaked promontory. John Milton.

    If you drink tea upon a promontory that overhangs the sea, it is preferable to an assembly. Alexander Pope.


  1. Promontory

    A promontory is a raised mass of land that projects into a lowland or a body of water (in which case it is a peninsula). Most promontories either are formed from a hard ridge of rock that has resisted the erosive forces that have removed the softer rock to the sides of it, or are the high ground that remains between two river valleys where they form a confluence. A headland, or head, is a type of promontory.


  1. promontory

    A promontory is a high point of land or rock that extends out into a body of water, such as a sea, river, or lake. It is typically higher than its surroundings and offers a good view of the surrounding area. Promontories often serve as navigational landmarks.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Promontorynoun

    a high point of land or rock projecting into the sea beyond the line of coast; a headland; a high cape

  2. Promontorynoun

    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

  3. Etymology: [ L. promonturium, promunturium; pro before + mons, montis, mountain: cf. F. promontoire. See Mount, n.]


  1. Promontory

    Promontory in Box Elder County, Utah, United States, is notable as the location of Promontory Summit where the United States' Transcontinental Railroad was officially completed on May 10, 1869. It is at an elevation of 4,902 feet above sea level. Promontory is 32 mi west of Brigham City, Utah and 66 mi northwest of Salt Lake City, and north of the Great Salt Lake.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Promontory

    prom′on-tor-i, n. a headland or high cape jutting out into the sea: (anat.) a projection on the sacrum: a rounded elevation in the tympanum of the ear. [L. promontoriumpro, forward, mons, montis, a mountain.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. promontory

    A high point of land or rock projecting into a sea or lake, tapering into a neck inland, and the extremity of which, towards the water, is called a cape, or headland, as Gibraltar, Ceuta, Actium, &c.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of promontory in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of promontory in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of promontory in a Sentence

  1. D. H. Lawrence:

    We only seem to learn from Life that Life doesn't matter so much as it seemed to do -- it's not so burningly important, after all, what happens. We crawl, like blinking sea-creatures, out of the Ocean onto a spur of rock, we creep over the promontory bewildered and dazzled and hurting ourselves, then we drop in the ocean on the other side: and the little transit doesn't matter so much.

  2. Socrates:

    See one promontory, one mountain, one sea, one river and see all.

  3. Victor Hugo:

    Genius is a promontory jutting out of the infinite.

  4. John Donne:

    No man is an Island, entire of itself every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls It tolls for thee.

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