a promontory extending into a large body of water.
a strip of unplowed land at the ends of furrows or near a fence or border.
Origin of headland
before 1000; Middle English hedeland, Old English hēafodland.
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Examples from the Web for headland
Historical Examples of headland
The noble Scyldings left the headland; homeward went the gold-friend of men.
That she has no inkling of our presence is proven, since she has cast anchor round the headland.
The Silver Heron is at anchor in the bay beyond that headland.
We recognised the headland, and looked at each other in the silence of dumb wonder.
Beacons had been prepared on every hill and headland, and men were set to watch.
British Dictionary definitions for headland
(ˈhɛdlənd) a narrow area of land jutting out into a sea, lake, etc
(ˈhɛdˌlænd) a strip of land along the edge of an arable field left unploughed to allow space for machines
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Word Origin and History for headland
Old English heafod lond "strip of land left unplowed at the edge of a field to leave room for the plow to turn," naturally identified with boundaries; see head (n.) + land (n.). Meaning "high cape, promontory" is from 1520s.
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