Definition of foreland in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈfɔːlənd/


1An area of land bordering on another or lying in front of a particular feature.
Example sentences
  • Floodwater may contain higher carbon dioxide concentrations if the pH is sufficiently low, but both rice fields and river forelands are commonly submerged with water containing little carbon dioxide, e.g. in the range of 3-100 M.
  • There is a cliff top walk to the foreland along the path leading from the old inn near Countisbury.
  • Bars, forelands, and spits are attractive spots for development because they offer easy access to the beach.
2A cape or promontory.
Example sentences
  • Not content to rest solely on forelands in nearby Ulster, all three were prepared to sell to customers throughout Ireland.
  • Their fleets of ships fought and won battles from the coasts of Kerry to Mizen's wild foreland, to the Mull of Kintyre.
3 Geology A stable unyielding block of the earth’s crust, against which compression produces a folded mountain range.
Example sentences
  • The early Carboniferous Northumberland Basin, NE England, is one of the northernmost basins that developed in the foreland of the Variscan orogenic belt.
  • Therefore, the Lewisian rocks from the Assynt terrane of the Caledonian foreland are an unlikely source for any of the sediment.
  • Siliciclastic sequences within or close to the Laurentian foreland of the Appalachian-Caledonian Orogen preserve a clear depositional contact with basement that constrains their site of accumulation to Laurentia.

Words that rhyme with foreland


For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: fore|land

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.