noun \ˈklif\

: a high, steep surface of rock, earth, or ice

Full Definition of CLIFF

:  a very steep, vertical, or overhanging face of rock, earth, or ice :  precipice
cliffy \ˈkli-fē\ adjective

Examples of CLIFF

  1. Standing at the edge of the cliff, we watched the waves crash on the shore far below.
  2. rock climbers scaling steep cliffs

Origin of CLIFF

Middle English clif, from Old English; akin to Old High German klep cliff, Old Norse klif
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale
CLIFF Defined for Kids


noun \ˈklif\

Definition of CLIFF for Kids

:  a high steep surface of rock
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