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cliff

 (klĭf)
n.
A high, steep, or overhanging face of rock.

[Middle English clif, from Old English.]

cliff′y adj.
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cliff

(klɪf)
n
(Physical Geography) a steep high rock face, esp one that runs along the seashore and has the strata exposed
[Old English clif; related to Old Norse kleif, Middle Low German klēf, Dutch klif; see cleave2]
ˈcliffy adj
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cliff

(klɪf)

n.
a high, steep rock face; precipice.
[before 900; Middle English clif, Old English, c. Old Saxon, Old Norse klif, Old High German klep]
cliff′like`, adj.
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cliff

A steep, erosion-resistant rock face, as in gorges and on some coasts.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cliff - a steep high face of rockcliff - a steep high face of rock; "he stood on a high cliff overlooking the town"; "a steep drop"
crag - a steep rugged rock or cliff
geological formation, formation - (geology) the geological features of the earth
precipice - a very steep cliff
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cliff

noun rock face, overhang, crag, precipice, escarpment, scarp, face, scar, bluff The car rolled over the edge of a cliff.
Related words
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Translations
جُرْفجُرف، مُنْحَدَر صَخْري
útes
klintklippeskrænt
kalliojyrkänne
litica
hamar, klettaveggur
낭떠러지
skardis
klints
pečina
klippa
หน้าผา
kayalıksarp kayalıkuçurum
vách đá

cliff

[klɪf]
A. N (= sea cliff) → acantilado m; [of mountain etc] → risco m, precipicio m
B. CPD cliff dweller N (US) (fig) persona que habita en un bloque
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cliff

[ˈklɪf] nfalaise fcliff face cliff-face [ˈklɪffeɪs] nflanc m de falaise
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cliff

nKlippe f; (along coast also) → Kliff nt; (inland also) → Felsen m; the cliffs of Cornwalldie Kliffküste Cornwalls; the cliffs of Doverdie Felsen von Dover

cliff

:
cliff dweller
n vorgeschichtlicher Höhlenbewohner im Colorado-Cañon
cliffhanger
nSuperthriller m (inf)
cliffhanging
adj conclusionspannungsgeladen
clifftop
nFelskuppe f; a house on a cliffein Haus oben auf einem Felsen
adj cliff walkSpaziergang mauf der Felskuppe; cliff sceneryFelsenlandschaft f
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cliff

[klɪf] nscogliera, rupe f
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cliff

(klif) noun
a high steep rock, especially one facing the sea.
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cliff

جُرْف útes klippe Klippe γκρεμός precipicio kalliojyrkänne falaise litica scogliera 낭떠러지 klif klippe urwisko penhasco скала klippa หน้าผา kayalık vách đá 悬崖
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"Come," cried Tars Tarkas, "we must make for the cliffs. There lies our only hope of even temporary escape; there we may find a cave or a narrow ledge which two may defend for ever against this motley, unarmed horde."
With a large supply of oil from the wells they discovered in Caspak, with plenty of water and ample provisions, there is no reason why they couldn't have negotiated the submerged tunnel beneath the barrier cliffs and made good their escape."
Away beyond it rose a line of giant cliffs similar to those upon which we are supposed to stand in our survey of the savage scene, and through which the road had some how made its climb to the summit.
Before us spread the Sojar Az, and else-where about us rose unscalable cliffs.
The clink of crossing sword-blades, the dull thudding of heavy blows, the panting and gasping of weary and wounded men, all rose together in a wild, long-drawn note, which swelled upwards to the ears of the wondering peasants who looked down from the edges of the cliffs upon the swaying turmoil of the battle beneath them.
Cliffs, seemingly rising perpendicularly out of the sea, faded away into the mist upon either hand as we approached.
Mitchell, [4] endeavoured in vain, first walking and then by crawling between the great fallen fragments of sandstone, to ascend through the gorge by which the river Grose joins the Nepean, yet the valley of the Grose in its upper part, as I saw, forms a magnificent level basin some miles in width, and is on all sides surrounded by cliffs, the summits of which are believed to be nowhere less than 3000 feet above the level of the sea.
When I finished my last letter I stated that we were within seven miles from an enormous line of ruddy cliffs, which encircled, beyond all doubt, the plateau of which Professor Challenger spoke.
Wide prairies Vegetable productions Tabular hills Slabs of sandstone Nebraska or Platte River Scanty fare Buffalo skulls Wagons turned into boats Herds of buffalo Cliffs resembling castles The chimney Scott's Bluffs Story connected with them The bighorn or ahsahta Its nature and habits Difference between that and the "woolly sheep," or goat of the mountains
White-crested waves beat madly on the level sands and rushed up the shelving cliffs. Others broke over the piers, and with their spume swept the lanthorns of the lighthouses which rise from the end of either pier of Whitby Harbour.
The tides in most cases reach the cliffs only for a short time twice a day, and the waves eat into them only when they are charged with sand or pebbles; for there is reason to believe that pure water can effect little or nothing in wearing away rock.
Our cave was the highest of all on the cliff, and we crept to the mouth and peered down.