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ness

 (nĕs)
n.
A cape or headland.

[Middle English ness, from Old English næss; see nas- in Indo-European roots.]

ness

(nɛs)
n
(Physical Geography)
a. archaic a promontory or headland
b. (capital as part of a name): Orford Ness.
[Old English næs headland; related to Old Norse nes, Old English nasu nose]

Ness

(nɛs)
n
(Placename) Loch Ness a lake in NW Scotland, in the Great Glen: said to be inhabited by an aquatic monster. Length: 36 km (22.5 miles). Depth: 229 m (754 ft)

ness

(nɛs)

n.
a headland; promontory; cape.
[before 900; Middle English -nes(se) (in place names), in part continuing Old English næs, in part < Old Norse nes]

-ness

a suffix attached to adjectives and participles, forming abstract nouns denoting quality and state (and often, by extension, something exemplifying a quality or state): darkness; goodness; obligingness; preparedness.
[Middle English, Old English -nes, -nis, c. Old High German -nessi, Gothic -nassus; suffix orig. *-assus; -n- by false division of words with adj. and past participle stems ending in -n-; compare Old English efnes (later efen-nys) evenness]

Ness

(nɛs)
n.
Loch, a lake in SW Scotland, near Inverness. 23 mi. (37 km) long.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ness - a strip of land projecting into a body of waterness - a strip of land projecting into a body of water
dry land, ground, solid ground, terra firma, earth, land - the solid part of the earth's surface; "the plane turned away from the sea and moved back over land"; "the earth shook for several minutes"; "he dropped the logs on the ground"
spit, tongue - a narrow strip of land that juts out into the sea