What does cliff mean?

Definitions for cliff
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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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Cliffnoun

    Etymology: clivus, Lat. clif, cliof, Saxon.

    The Leucadians did use to precipitate a man from a high cliff into the sea. Francis Bacon, Nat. History, №. 886.

    Mountaineers, that from Severus came,
    And from the craggy cliffs of Tetrica. John Dryden, Æn.

    Where-ever ’tis so found scattered upon the shores, there is it as constantly found lodged in the cliffs thereabouts. John Woodward.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cliffnoun

    a high, steep rock; a precipice

  2. Cliffnoun

    see Clef

  3. 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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Numerology

  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. Katie Keim:

    And that makes the stakes a little bit higher and everybody kind of goes for it without jumping over the cliff and going too far.

  2. Derek Brown:

    We'll have measures that take away the hospitality aspect of what we do. Six feet apart ? Who wants that ? Bartenders in masks and gloves ? It's hard to imagine an easy turnaround, we just don't know how it's going to go. It's like leaping off a cliff and building wings as we fall down.

  3. Jeff Zients:

    We’re creating flexibility within the system … There is not a cliff here.

  4. Jo Swinson:

    They put public duty first and they don't want to see a no-deal Brexit, if the House of Commons asks them to lead an emergency government to get our country out of this Brexit mess and to stop us driving off that cliff to a no deal, then yes they are prepared to do that.

  5. Martha Mitchell:

    Nixon bleeds people. He draws every drop of blood and then drops them from a cliff. He'll blame any person he can put his foot on.

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