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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
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Although he still hungered for the presence of the boy, who was the medium through which he expressed his love of man, the hunger became again a part of his loneli- ness and his waiting.
If she survive, the tender- ness will either be crushed out of her, or -- and the outward semblance is the same -- crushed so deeply into her heart that it can never show itself more.
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But the pathos, the lesson, the moral of the great spectacle were lost upon the boy; he only thought of the conspicuous- ness of the principal character before the on-looking nations; his face lit with the thought, and he said to himself that he wished he could be that child, if it was a tame lion.
The hearing of those wild notes always de- pressed my spirit, and filled me with ineffable sad- ness.
It was in his library, his bathroom, his private car, his camp in the Oregon wilder- ness.
The night was warm and I was thirsty, and I went stretching my legs clumsily and feeling my way in the dark- ness, to the little table where the siphon stood, while Ogilvy exclaimed at the streamer of gas that came out towards us.
Yes, yes—you see the reason of the thing, and the wicked ness of shutting up an old man that has spent his days, as one may say, where he could always look into the windows of heaven.
He was a widowed boat-builder, whom blindness had overtaken years before in the full flush of busi- ness.
Accordingly a young chap wearing his hat over the left eyebrow, some clerk I suppose,--there must have been clerks in the busi- ness, though the house was as still as a house in a city of the dead,--came from somewhere up-stairs, and led me forth.
They brought forcibly to one's mind the night of ages when the primeval man, evolving the first rudiments of cookery from his dim conscious ness, scorched lumps of flesh at a fire of sticks in the company of other good fellows; then, gorged and happy, sat him back among the gnawed bones to tell his artless tales of experience--the tales of hun ger and hunt--and of women, perhaps!