What is firth?

  • (noun): English linguist who contributed to linguistic semantics and to prosodic phonology and who was noted for his insistence on studying both sound and meaning in context (1890-1960).
    Synonyms: J. R. Firth, John Rupert Firth
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Firth is the word in the Lowland Scots language and in English used to denote various coastal waters in Scotland and England. In mainland Scotland it is used to describe a large sea bay, or even a strait. In the Northern Isles it more usually refers to a smaller inlet. It is linguistically cognate to fjord (both from Proto-Germanic *ferþuz) which has a more constrained sense in English; a firth would most likely be called a fjord if it were situated in Scandinavia. Bodies of water named "firths" tend to be more common on the east coast, or in the southwest of the country, although the Firth of Lorn is an exception to this. The Highland coast contains numerous estuaries, straits, and inlets of a similar kind, but not called "firth" (e.g., the Minch and Loch Torridon); instead, these are often called sea lochs.

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... It is on the north shore of the Cromarty Firth, about 5 km north east of Dingwall, and 4 km south west of Evanton ... The Cromarty Bridge - carrying the A9 road - crosses the firth at Ardullie point ... North Line running along the northern side of the firth ...
Clifton Firth
... Reginald Clifton Firth (1904–1980) was a New Zealand graphic designer and photographer ... the Bauhaus and contemporaries, especially the Swiss typographer Jan Tschichold, Firth’s design work of the late 1920s and early 30s was some of the earliest modernist graphic ... Firth later went on to be a successful portrait photographer in Auckland during and after the Second World War ...
Canadian Ski Hall Of Fame - List of Inductees - F
... Douglas Firth, 1983* Sharon Firth, 1990 Shirley Firth, 1990 Nicolas Fontaine, 2007 Anna Fraser (-Sproule,) 1996 John Fripp, 1988 ...
Firth, Shetland - History
... Along with a stone memorial at the entrance to the village, many abandoned croft houses still stand on the hill across Firth Voe from Mossbank ... These commemorate the infamous "Delting Disaster" of 21 December 1900 when twenty-two local fishermen were lost during a storm, decimating the community ...
Clifton Firth - Photography
... Unlike Firth's typographical work, influenced by European Modernism, Firth's Photography was evocative of Hollywood glamour shots of the era ... Firth set up his photographic studio with his wife Patricia in 1938 ... The war years proved to be a lucrative period for Firth's photography, taking photos for those heading off to war, both of the soldiers for those they left ...

More definitions of "firth":

  • (noun): A long narrow estuary (especially in Scotland).