The definition of a promontory is a high elevation or point of land that extends out into the water.(noun)
A high, rocky area that extends off of the coastline and into the Atlantic ocean is an example of a promontory.
See promontory in Webster's New World College Dictionary
noun pl. promontories
Origin: LL promontorium < L promunturium, prob. altered (infl. by mons, mount) < prominere: see prominent
See promontory in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. prom·on·to·ries
Origin: Latin prōmontorium
Origin: , alteration (influenced by mōns, mont-, mount)
Origin: of prōmunturium
Origin: , probably from prominēre, to jut out; see prominent.
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