• WordNet 3.6
    • n promontory a natural elevation (especially a rocky one that juts out into the sea)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Promontory (Phys. Geog) A high point of land or rock projecting into the sea beyond the line of coast; a headland; a high cape. "Like one that stands upon a promontory ."
    • Promontory (Anat) A projecting part. Especially: The projecting angle of the ventral side of the sacrum where it joins the last lumbar vertebra. A prominence on the inner wall of the tympanum of the ear.
    • promontory (Naut) etc. Naut, sailing around or passing beyond a cape, promontory, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n promontory A high point of land or rock projecting into the sea beyond the line of coast; a headland.
    • n promontory In anatomy, a prominent or protuberant part; a prominence, eminence, or protuberance. Of the sacrum, the bold salient angle between the first sacral and last lumbar vertebra, bounding the brim of the true pelvis posteriorly, and especially pronounced in man.
    • promontory Resembling a promontory; high; projecting.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Promontory prom′on-tor-i a headland or high cape jutting out into the sea:
    • n Promontory prom′on-tor-i (anat.) a projection on the sacrum: a rounded elevation in the tympanum of the ear.
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  • Victor Hugo
    “Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite.”
  • Socrates
    “See one promontory, one mountain, one sea, one river and see all.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. promonturium, promunturium,; pro, before + mons, montis, mountain: cf. F. promontoire,. See Mount (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. promontoriumpro, forward, mons, montis, a mountain.


In literature:

Be like the promontory against which the waves continually break, but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it.
"Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus" by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
If the herald had needed to express 'bare promontory,' quite certainly he would have managed it somehow.
"The Pleasures of England" by John Ruskin
The Fisherman too had received a liberal gift, and had departed that evening with his wife, to return to the promontory.
"Famous Stories Every Child Should Know" by Various
Eighteen hours before she had taken a fresh departure from Ram's Head to Wilson's Promontory.
"The Book of the Bush" by George Dunderdale
The promontory was joined to the mainland by a narrow isthmus of sand, beyond which lay an open town of some size.
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
As the wind fell, we ran under the lee of an island, oblong, high, and thickly wooded, not far from a heavy promontory of the coast.
"Under the Dragon Flag" by James Allan
About half-way down we arrived at a little promontory from which the fall could be seen very well.
"Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Carl Lumholtz
This promontory, which is situated in the latitude of 58 deg.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16" by Robert Kerr
Spezia is a modern city which has obliterated the more ancient fortresses, whose ruins still guard the two promontories of her gulf.
"Florence and Northern Tuscany with Genoa" by Edward Hutton
The Castle of Kenwith was situated on a rocky promontory, and was defended by a Saxon wall.
"King Alfred of England" by Jacob Abbott

In poetry:

From steel—capped promontories stern and strong,
And lone isles mounting guard upon the main,
Hither her subjects wend to hail her long
Resplendent Reign.
"Victoria" by Alfred Austin
Here was the bird's primeval nest,
High on a promontory
Star-pharosed, where she takes her rest
To brood new aeons 'neath her breast,
The future's unfledged glory.
"Gold Egg: A Dream-Fantasy" by James Russell Lowell
The sweeet enthusiast heard her lover groan;
And sighing from the promontory's steep,
"See, dear-lov'd spirit!--I am thine alone!"
She said; and plunging sought him 'midst the deep.
"The Power Of Love" by Charlotte Dacre
Here too, before you steer to land,
Mark, as you westward take your stand,
A promontory rise,
(To sailors as a seamark known
Behold it proudly tower alone,
And aim to reach the skies !
"Enigma XXII." by Elizabeth Hitchener
She said, and rushing from the bower,
Devoted sought in evil hour
The promontory steep;
Hung o'er the margin of the main,
Her fix'd and earnest eyeballs strain
The dashing of the deep.
"Monimia. An Ode" by John Logan
No wind fanned the flats of the ocean,
Or promontory sides,
Or the ooze by the strand,
Or the bent-bearded slope of the land,
Whose base took its rest amid everlong motion
Of criss-crossing tides.
"The Souls Of The Slain." by Thomas Hardy

In news:

The shuttle solid rocket boosters that will form the first stage of the Ares I-X rocket are being prepped for shipment to Kennedy Space Center after a move from a final assembly facility in Promontory, Utah.
He was found dead at 2:00 Tuesday morning, crushed by a front-loader while working at Promontory Point.
And now a point about Promontory Summit.
Promontory Point or Promontory Summit.
They did, though, resolve a request from representatives of Promontory .
Time-lapse video of WSU's Promontory Tower demolition.
OGDEN — Maybe you were interested in seeing the slow-motion demolition of Weber State's Promontory Tower, but you didn't have the weeks required to stand nearby and watch.
Promontory Tower crumbles at Weber State University.
OGDEN — Weber State University's Promontory Tower now rests in pieces.
Promontory makes creamy snack.
Lone shepherd on a distant promontory .
If you stand on the low rise known as Cemetery Ridge, above the killing fields of Gettysburg, you command one of the most important "what if" promontories of American history.
Mount Woodson is a boulder-studded promontory rising between Poway and Ramona.
Stuck on a siding, trying to fire up the rail-to-Promontory idea.
143rd anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit in Box Elder County, Thursday, May 10, 2012.