Definition of promontory in English:

promontory

Syllabification: prom·on·to·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈprämənˌtôrē
 
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noun (plural promontories)

1A point of high land that juts out into a large body of water; a headland: a rocky promontory
More example sentences
  • Both ponds were divided from the lake by a low promontory of land that encircled them.
  • If you want to be independent, go to any promontory, headland or peninsula that has deep water close inshore and allows you to stand on a cliff a good height above water level.
  • The Inn is built high on a rocky promontory that looks over Chesterman Beach, and the sheer acreage of windows in this cedar-and-glass structure makes it ideal for its winter attraction - storm-watching.
Synonyms
1.1 Anatomy A prominence or protuberance on an organ or other structure in the body.
More example sentences
  • Facial nerve paralysis is caused by compression of the nerve against the sacral promontory or by trauma resulting from the use of forceps during delivery.
  • These motions push the posterior shoulder over the sacral promontory, allowing it to fall into the hollow of the sacrum, and rotate the symphysis over the impacted shoulder.
  • Less commonly, shoulder dystocia results from impaction of the posterior shoulder on the sacral promontory.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin promontorium, variant (influenced by mons, mont- 'mountain') of promunturium.

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