cliff, drop, drop-off(noun)
a steep high face of rock
"he stood on a high cliff overlooking the town"; "a steep drop"
A vertical (or near vertical) rock face.
A diminutive of the male given name Clifford.
a high, steep rock; a precipice
Origin: [AS. clif, cloef; akin to OS. klif, D. klif, klip, Icel. klif, Dan. & G. klippe, Sw. klippa; perh. orig. a climbing place. See Climb.]
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
klif, n. (mus.). Same as Clef.
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.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'cliff' in Nouns Frequency: #1834
The numerical value of cliff in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of cliff in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
It read :' Love is like jumping off a cliff,'.
Some birds learn how to fly only after falling off of a cliff.
Happy You know my girlfriend is dead. She fell off a cliff and died on impact.
The party is walking eyes shut, arms outstretched over the cliff’s edge to the jagged rocks below.
You get your hopes up, and then you are dropped off the edge of a cliff, that's the worst thing in the world.
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Translations for cliff
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- ўцёс, кліф, скалаBelarusian
- penya-segatCatalan, Valencian
- Klippe, FelsenGerman
- κλιτύς, γκρεμός, βουνοπλαγιά, πρανέςGreek
- acantilado, precipicio, riscoSpanish
- jyrkänne, kalliojyrkänneFinnish
- klettur, berg, hamarFaroese
- klippeWestern Frisian
- creagScottish Gaelic
- acantilado, cantilGalician
- klettur, bjarg, hamar, bergIcelandic
- costone, dirupo, rupe, scogliera, crinaleItalian
- ფრიალო კლდე, ციცაბო კლდე, ხრამი, კლიფი, ალპინისტის მთა, ქარაფიGeorgian
- 絶壁, 절벽Korean
- klip, klifDutch
- penhasco, falésiaPortuguese
- faleză, pantă, stâncăRomanian
- скала, утёс, клифRussian
- литица, хрид, hrid, liticaSerbo-Croatian
- dahilig, duminding, dalisdisTagalog
- uçurum, yarTurkish
- скеля, кліфUkrainian
- vách đáVietnamese
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