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[hat-er-uh s] /ˈhæt ər əs/
Cape, a promontory on an island off the E coast of North Carolina. Unabridged
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  • On the Atlantic coast it is found as far north as cape hatteras.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • We will soon be off cape hatteras, and the storms there are fierce sometimes.

  • No longer will the traveler be obliged to encounter the hurricanes of the Bahamas or the heavy seas off cape hatteras.

  • Is it always rough like this when you go past cape hatteras?

  • We had been at sea seven days, and were now off cape hatteras, when there came a tremendously heavy blow from the southwest.

  • On the 12th were off cape hatteras, the winds blowing heavily from the northeast, and the smack under double-reefed sails.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • This must be about one hundred and fifty miles southeast of cape hatteras.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • But a boat loaded as she was isn't the safest thing to sail around such a point as cape hatteras, I can tell you that.

    Fighting in Cuban Waters Edward Stratemeyer
  • The battle took place off cape hatteras, which is famous for its storms.

  • Just south of cape hatteras an observer is struck with the sudden change in the appearance of the shells on the beach.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
British Dictionary definitions for cape hatteras


Cape Hatteras, a promontory off the E coast of North Carolina, on Hatteras Island, which is situated between Pamlico Sound and the Atlantic: known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" for its danger to shipping
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Cape Hatteras [(hat-uhr-uhs)]

Promontory on Hatteras Island off North Carolina, a low, sandy barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and Pamlico Sound.

Note: Called the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” because of the frequent storms that drive ships landward to their destruction.
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