What does cliff mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cliff, drop, drop-offnoun

    a steep high face of rock

    "he stood on a high cliff overlooking the town"; "a steep drop"

Wiktionary

  1. cliffnoun

    A vertical (or near vertical) rock face.

  2. Cliffnoun

    A diminutive of the male given name Clifford.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cliffnoun

    a high, steep rock; a precipice

    Etymology: [AS. clif, cloef; akin to OS. klif, D. klif, klip, Icel. klif, Dan. & G. klippe, Sw. klippa; perh. orig. a climbing place. See Climb.]

  2. Cliffnoun

    see Clef

    Etymology: [AS. clif, cloef; akin to OS. klif, D. klif, klip, Icel. klif, Dan. & G. klippe, Sw. klippa; perh. orig. a climbing place. See Climb.]

Freebase

  1. Cliff

    In geography and geology, a cliff is a significant vertical, or near vertical, rock exposure. Cliffs are formed as erosion landforms due to the processes of erosion and weathering that produce them. Cliffs are common on coasts, in mountainous areas, escarpments and along rivers. Cliffs are usually formed by rock that is resistant to erosion and weathering. Sedimentary rocks most likely to form cliffs include sandstone, limestone, chalk, and dolomite. Igneous rocks such as granite and basalt also often form cliffs. An escarpment is a type of cliff, formed by the movement of a geologic fault, or a landslide. Most cliffs have some form of scree slope at their base. In arid areas or under high cliffs, these are generally exposed jumbles of fallen rock. In areas of higher moisture, a soil slope may obscure the talus. Many cliffs also feature tributary waterfalls or rock shelters. Sometimes a cliff peters out at the end of a ridge, with tea tables or other types of rock columns remaining. Coastal erosion may lead to the formation of sea cliffs along a receding coastline. The Ordnance Survey distinguishes between cliffs and outcrops.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cliff

    klif, n. (mus.). Same as Clef.

  2. Cliff

    klif, n. a high steep rock: the steep side of a mountain.—adjs. Cliffed, Cliff′y, having cliffs: craggy. [A.S. clif; Dut. clif; Ice. klif.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cliff

    [from the Anglo-Saxon cleof]. A precipitous termination of the land, whatever be the soil. (See crag.)

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cliff' in Nouns Frequency: #1834

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cliff in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cliff in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of cliff in a Sentence

  1. Gooding Jr.:

    [The biggest challenge of the role was] the mindset, the psychosis; I remember when Heath Ledger talked about playing the Joker…I always used to look out of the side of my eye, going ‘yeah actors,’ but there really is a darkness when you are playing someone psychotic you have to go there mentally. It’s almost like we look over a cliff and picture yourself falling so that gives you a fear of it. So this is falling for six months and kind of what that means to you.

  2. Fadel Gheit:

    Oil prices played a big part, but Petrobras has itself to blame too, it's a classic case of mismanagement and government interference. Low oil prices pushed them over the cliff, but they got to the precipice themselves.

  3. Kevin Hassett:

    I think the Chinese recognize that they've got a big potential gain because their growth has fallen off the cliff.

  4. Brian Battle:

    The economy's not going off a cliff. Some of the numbers were a little soft but everything that could have gone wrong this week didn't, earnings season has been mixed but it's been a net positive.

  5. Joshua Greene:

    Milton realized what a wonderful chameleon Marilyn can be in front of the camera, they knowingly jumped off the cliff together, like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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