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fiord

[fyawrd, fyohrd; Norwegian fyohr, fyoo r] /fyɔrd, fyoʊrd; Norwegian fyoʊr, fyʊər/
noun
1.

fjord

or fiord

[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.
Origin of fjord
< Norwegian; see firth
Related forms
fjordic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for fiord
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  • He was answered by a similar croak, and a large raven was seen flying homewards over the fiord for the night.

    Feats on the Fiord Harriet Martineau
  • The boys were to cross the fiord with them and return in the boat.

    Love and Lucy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • One day we went out to Roeskilde, to the great church near a fiord where the kings are buried.

    The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6 Augustus J. C. Hare
  • In front of it the sea came up into the land and made a fiord.

    Viking Tales Jennie Hall
  • Soon thereafter Frithjof sailed across the fiord to demand the hand of Ingeborg.

    The Standard Cantatas George P. Upton
  • In the spring Eric means to give him a farm up the fiord a way.

    Viking Tales Jennie Hall
  • Then Kadachan was stationed in the bow to guide through the open portion of the mouth of the fiord and across Soutchoi Strait.

    Travels in Alaska John Muir
  • It is not more than an hour since we sailed into the fiord, loaded to the shield-circle with, oh!

    Erling the Bold R.M. Ballantyne
  • It has been my happiness and my good fortune always to sail this fiord on a clear day.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • But suppose we should get into a fiord, and the ice blocked us in, what then?

    Steve Young George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for fiord

fiord

/fjɔːd/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of fjord

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 fiord
n.

alternative form of fjord (q.v.).

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)   
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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