noun (plural promontories)
1A point of high land that juts out into the sea or a large lake; a headland: a rocky promontory
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- 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.
2 Anatomy A protuberance on an organ or other bodily structure.
- 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.
Mid 16th century: from Latin promontorium, variant (influenced by mons, mont- 'mountain') of promunturium.
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