fjord

[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.
Also, fiord.


Origin:
< Norwegian; see firth

fjordic, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To Fjords
Collins
World English Dictionary
fjord or fiord (fjɔːd)
 
n
(esp on the coast of Norway) a long narrow inlet of the sea between high steep cliffs formed by glacial action
 
[C17: from Norwegian, from Old Norse fjörthr; see firth, ford]
 
fiord or fiord
 
n
 
[C17: from Norwegian, from Old Norse fjörthr; see firth, ford]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

fjord
1670s, from Norw. fiord, from O.N. fjörðr, from N.Gmc. *ferthuz, from PIE *prtus, from *por- "going, passage" (see port (1)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Science Dictionary
fjord   (fyôrd)  Pronunciation Key 
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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
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.
Synonyms
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature