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fiord

[fyawrd, fyohrd; Norwegian fyohr, fyoor]
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noun
  1. fjord.
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fjord

or fiord

[fyawrd, fyohrd; Norwegian fyohr, fyoor]
noun
  1. a long, narrow arm of the sea bordered by steep cliffs: usually formed by glacial erosion.
  2. (in Scandinavia) a bay.
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Origin of fjord

From Norwegian; see origin at firth
Related formsfjord·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for fiord

Historical Examples

  • The boys were to cross the fiord with them and return in the boat.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • Those heights had as many hiding places as the fiord country.

    Storm Over Warlock

    Andre Norton

  • They must locate some break nearer than the fiord, down which they had come.

    Storm Over Warlock

    Andre Norton

  • In front of it the sea came up into the land and made a fiord.

    Viking Tales

    Jennie Hall

  • Thorstein taught him to swim in the rough waters of the fiord.

    Viking Tales

    Jennie Hall


British Dictionary definitions for fiord

fiord

noun
  1. a variant spelling of fjord
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fjord

fiord

noun
  1. (esp on the coast of Norway) a long narrow inlet of the sea between high steep cliffs formed by glacial action
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Word Origin

C17: from Norwegian, from Old Norse fjörthr; see firth, ford
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Word Origin and History for fiord

n.

alternative form of fjord (q.v.).

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fjord

n.

1670s, from Norwegian fiord, from Old Norse fjörðr, from North Germanic *ferthuz, from PIE *prtus, from *per- "going, passage" (see port (n.1)).

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fiord in Science

fjord

[fyôrd]
  1. A long, narrow, deep inlet from the sea between steep slopes of a mountainous coast. Fjords usually occur where ocean water flows into valleys formed near the coast by glaciers.
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