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[hed-luh nd] /ˈhɛd lənd/
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. See head, land Unabridged
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  • At the headland tip, however, the flood tide is already beginning and this eastward flow is starting to pick up sediment.
  • Another headland at the north end of the beach can be rounded only at low tide.
  • Therefore, he added two flocks of gulls sailing gracefully over the rocky headland.
  • Sea stacks begin as part of a headland or sea cliff.
  • Breeding peregrines were reported in all mountainous and coastal headland regions of the state.
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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