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fjord

[fyawrd, fyohrd; Norwegian fyohr, fyoo r] /fyɔrd, fyoʊrd; Norwegian fyoʊr, fyʊər/
noun
1.
a long, narrow arm of the sea bordered by steep cliffs: usually formed by glacial erosion.
2.
(in Scandinavia) a bay.
Also, fiord.
Origin
< Norwegian; see firth
Related forms
fjordic, adjective
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Examples from the web for fjords
  • Glaciers slowly grind their way over mountains and plains, moving immense boulders and carving out fjords.
  • fjords are deep coastal valleys formed by glacial action and flooded by the sea.
  • Its policies are conscious of the environment, particularly its own coastline of mountains and fjords.
  • Now, the fjords visible in this summer image have frozen and can be crossed on foot.
  • The fjords sing to one's soul as they are bathed in the lingering light of a dying northern sun.
  • Now, the fjords visible in the summer image above have frozen and can be crossed on foot.
  • It's a gorgeous country, and the fjords are amazing.
  • Glimpse the beauty of the fjords' icy waters aboard a snowmobile.
  • Laced with forests and fjords, this is reindeer and northern lights country-and major red king crab territory.
  • Sea water that is both deep and still, such as at the bottoms of some fjords, tends to be hypoxic or anoxic.
British Dictionary definitions for fjords

fjord

/fjɔːd/
noun
1.
(esp on the coast of Norway) a long narrow inlet of the sea between high steep cliffs formed by glacial action
Word Origin
C17: from Norwegian, from Old Norse fjörthr; see firth, ford
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Word Origin and History for fjords

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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fjords in Science
fjord
  (fyôrd)   
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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