Definition of whaleback in US English:



  • A thing that is shaped like a whale's back, especially an arched structure over the bow or stern part of the deck of a steamer, or a large elongated hill.

    as modifier ‘a whaleback ridge’
    • ‘Head east now over a broad whaleback to the cairn at 829m, the summit of Brown Cow Hill.’
    • ‘For the next week there was a bitter struggle for Bourlon Wood, whose whaleback mass still dominates the battlefield.’
    • ‘The old hag's presence was clearly evident as I climbed the mountain's long whaleback ridge.’
    • ‘You can't see one side of the valley from the other, because the view is blocked by the big bare whaleback of Samitos mountain at the centre of the circle.’
    • ‘Big bare spots opened, where whalebacks of naked bedrock reared up and plunged into ponds.’
    • ‘The five-peak enchainment encompassed Black Tooth, Woolsey, the Gargoyle, Innominate, and the whaleback of Cloud Peak.’
    • ‘From here it appears as a fine conical peak, steep slopes rising smoothly to a narrow crest, a direct contrast to the tor-studded whaleback of distant Ben Avon and the leviathan mass of Cairn Gorm itself.’
    • ‘Linking the high tops of Sgor Gaoith and Sguran Dubh Mor, the ridge continues northwards before swelling into a broad whaleback above Rothiemurchus.’
    • ‘The shallowly to moderately SW- or NE-plunging, generally SE-verging whaleback folds curve about a steeply plunging, down-dip direction.’
    • ‘The many geometrical variations of bornhardts (e.g. ‘whalebacks ', ‘elephant rocks', ‘sugarloafs') reflect fracture spacing and the distribution and intensity of weathering.’
    • ‘The whaleback upward-facing folds of Domain 2 are consistent with a dominantly subhorizontal NW-SE contractional strain.’
    • ‘It forms a relatively smooth whaleback, plunging towards the east at about 100 rn every 4 km and dipping north and south at angles up to 10.’
    high ground, rising ground, prominence, eminence, elevation, rise, hillock, mound, mount, knoll, hummock, tor, tump, fell, pike, mesa
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