cliff

noun
\ˈklif \

Definition of cliff 

: a very steep, vertical, or overhanging face of rock, earth, or ice : precipice

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Other Words from cliff

cliffy \ ˈkli-​fē \ adjective

Examples of cliff in a Sentence

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

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Location: Charleston, South Carolina Price: $7,950,000 There are plenty of gorgeous homes on the coast, from cozy beachside cottages to stunning mansions on a cliff. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Grand home built in scenic Charleston harbor asks $7.9M," 6 Nov. 2018 Enjoy a gourmet 5-course dinner beneath the stars with a local band. Pamper yourself at the Ocean Spa, nestled on a cliff with cooling sea breezes. Condé Naste Traveler: Post, "Free Nights This Summer!," 26 Oct. 2018 Four Seasons Resort Lanai The gorgeous, low-key Four Seasons Resort Lanai, where the grounds are speckled with waterfalls, gardens, streams, and ponds, is on a cliff high above Hulopo'e Bay. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Hawaii: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 On the steep cliff faces of a gully at Shangchen, a Chinese team unearthed 96 stone points, flakes, and cores that were probably used to carve up animal bones or to smash them open for marrow. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "Our ancestors may have left Africa hundreds of thousands of years earlier than thought," 11 July 2018 The day of the eagle encounter, the big bear was feeding on some grass high on a cliff for about five minutes when both bear and boat passengers saw a bald eagle nest just below the sow and the cubs. Anchorage Daily News, "Katmai National Park drama: Bear vs. Eagles," 16 June 2018 On July 11, 1804, on a New Jersey cliff overlooking the Hudson River, a duel between two controversial founding fathers killed revolutionary war hero and former Treasury secretary—Alexander Hamilton. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Duels, Blood, And Politics: The Little-Known History of the Gun That Killed Alexander Hamilton," 6 June 2018 Perched on a cliff, Riverlea Farm was going to be the site of 165 single-family homes, a civic center, housing for seniors, a fire and police station, stores, a hotel with a conference center, and village offices. Christopher Flavelle, Bloomberg.com, "America’s Last-Ditch Climate Strategy of Retreat Isn’t Going So Well," 2 May 2018 Something tells me Lara Croft will be hanging on that particular cliff for a long time to come. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Tomb Raider’ wastes the talent of Alicia Vikander," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of cliff

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cliff

Middle English clif, from Old English; akin to Old High German klep cliff, Old Norse klif

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cliff

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cliff

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

cliff

noun
\ˈklif \

Kids Definition of cliff

: a high steep surface of rock

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