mountain pass

/ˌmaʊnt(ə)n pæs/

Other forms: mountain passes

Definitions of mountain pass
  1. noun
    the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks
    synonyms: notch, pass
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    Brenner Pass
    an Alpine mountain pass connecting Innsbruck in Austria with Bolzano in Italy that has long been a route for trade and for invasions
    Cumberland Gap
    a pass through the Cumberland Mountains between Virginia and Kentucky that early settlers used in order to move west
    Donner Pass
    a mountain pass in northeastern California near Lake Tahoe; site where in 1844 some members of an emigrant party survived by eating those who had died
    Khyber Pass
    a mountain pass of great strategic and commercial value in the Hindu Kush on the border between northern Pakistan and western Afghanistan; a route by which invaders entered India
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    col, gap
    a pass between mountain peaks
    defile, gorge
    a narrow pass (especially one between mountains)
    saddle, saddleback
    a pass or ridge that slopes gently between two peaks (is shaped like a saddle)
    water gap
    a pass in a mountain ridge through which a stream flows
    wind gap
    a pass in a mountain ridge with no stream flowing through it
    type of:
    a point or extent in space
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