Definition of headland in US English:



  • 1A narrow piece of land that projects from a coastline into the sea.

    • ‘The loud light, and the views to the confluence of several estuaries and to several headlands and beyond them the sea are transfixing.’
    • ‘I looked at the coastline's beaches, headlands and palms and wondered how long it would all last without the reef's protective barrier.’
    • ‘If you want to be independent, go to any promontory, headland or peninsula that has deep water close inshore and allows you to stand on a cliff a good height above water level.’
    • ‘Popular with everyone from trainees to experienced divers, this site is the start of several interesting routes around the next headland to underwater canyons such as the Cresta Run and Divers' Hole.’
    • ‘It is perched on the headland where Loch Awe divides, pushing a much smaller section north-west towards Loch Etive.’
    • ‘The beach itself is not particularly dramatic, but its crescent of sand is squeezed cosily between two protective wooded headlands, with dunes behind and a basin-full of tranquil Bristol Channel in front.’
    • ‘Bronze Age discoveries have been made on a Pembrokeshire headland following a moorland fire last summer.’
    • ‘After a stretch of dusty track, I climbed a slope onto a wooded headland, turned a corner and was immediately engulfed by the overwhelming solitude that is Lake Titicaca.’
    • ‘The Fal estuary is long and wide, and Falmouth grew along its western side in a straggling way, curving round into docks at the southern end where a headland projects to narrow the mouth.’
    • ‘The proposal calls for 120 towers in four farms, on some of the most scenic headlands on the Victorian coastline.’
    • ‘The lateral migration of spits from coastal headlands produces a new coastline seaward of the original mainland coastline.’
    • ‘Jutting out into the northern Mediterranean, the Portofino headland is a piece of natural unspoilt beauty standing hand in hand with some pretty Italian architecture.’
    • ‘Scarborough Castle and Whitby Abbey - on the headlands of Yorkshire's coastline, these offer challenging walks with the reward of fantastic views.’
    • ‘They create a spectacular panorama of carved coastlines and headlands as well as a rich ecosystem that supports an unusual abundance of wildlife.’
    • ‘Through marshy headlands rivers and fertile streams trickled, and the wind-swift archer's horses of the loyalist soldiers of Adiabene drank their fill.’
    • ‘Firstly the village can be found on the east side of a great headland protruding out of Loch Carron, and therefore enjoys a position that protects it from sea gales.’
    • ‘From the harbour, it's quick to cut across the headland's narrow neck back to the beach.’
    • ‘In these places are jagged cliffs falling almost vertical to the tide line, sea-scarred headlands defiantly forcing their way westwards, and fallen scree a remnant of aeons of erosion.’
    • ‘It is also proposed to carry out a phased programme of cliff stabilisation works above Scalby Sands, between the mainland and Scalby Ness headland, to protect the headland over the next 60 years.’
    • ‘I had taken Jason to the Roseland headland in the Fal estuary by the green-painted East Narrows navigation buoy - due east and one mile from the docks.’
    cape, promontory, point, head, foreland, peninsula, ness, spit, tongue, horn, bill, bluff
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  • 2A strip of land left unplowed at the end of a field.

    • ‘These are soybeans growing on the headlands on August 30, 2004.’
    • ‘In Britain, fields are much smaller with headlands and hedgerows that are vital to wildlife and traditionally many different crop species are grown in the same area, often in rotation.’
    • ‘These represent the headlands separating bundles of strips within the open fields, where animals turned while ploughing.’
    • ‘Since then, the foxtail is virtually gone except on the headland and the area where no gypsum was applied.’
    • ‘And why do marker arms fly up at light speed when raising a planter at headlands?’
    • ‘This had the effect of creating raised areas separated by troughs or furrows, the whole having a marked S-shaped form in plan with headlands for turning the plough at either end.’
    • ‘The soil at one point on the headland of a neighbouring field about 100 metres west of the south-west corner of Packhouse Field was also sampled; the location and result also appear at appendix 12.’
    • ‘A classic example of cleaning fan losses can be found at headlands where combine speeds suddenly drop.’
    • ‘In April of that year, Mick Henry ‘ploughed for potatoes, 35 ridges, headlands and all.’’
    • ‘Think of the money you could save by turning off your sprayer or planter the second you enter the headlands.’