AskDefine | Define naze

Dictionary Definition

Naze n : a cape at the southern tip of Norway [syn: Lindesnes]

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English

Etymology

Old English næs; cognate with Icelandic nes, Swedish näs, Danish næs. Related to ness.

Noun

  1. A promontory or headland. See ness
  2. A cape at the southern tip of Norway (also known as The Lindesnes)

References

  • Webster 1996
  • WordNet 2003

Extensive Definition

The Naze is a headland on the east coast of England. It is on the coast of Essex just north of Blackwater and projects into the North Sea. This area is south of the double estuary of the River Stour and River Orwell at Harwich.

Meaning of place-name

The place-name "Naze" derives from Old English næss "ness, promontory, headland", but here it is used in the sense of "estuary", the topography of the double estuary of the River Stour and River Orwell at Harwich proving this.
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