Hypertext Webster Gateway: "ness"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Ness \Ness\, n. [AS. n[ae]s, ns; akin to Icel. nes, Sw. n["a]s,
Dan. n[ae]s, and E. nose. [root] 261. See {Nose}.]
A promontory; a cape; a headland. --Hakluyt.

Note: Ness is frequently used as a suffix in the names of
places and promontories; as, Sheerness.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

-ness \-ness\ [AS. -ness, -nyss, -nys; akin to OS. -nissi,
nussi, D. -nis, OHG. -nissa, -nass[=i], -nuss[=i], G. -nis,
-niss, Goth. -inasus.]
A suffix used to form abstract nouns expressive of quality or
state; as, goodness, greatness.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n : a strip of land projecting into a body of water [syn: {cape}]

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