cliff

noun
\ ˈklif How to pronounce cliff (audio) \

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 How to pronounce cliffy (audio) \ 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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This is all good news for Farage, who has capitalized on the boredom most Brits feel with the one-story news-cycle and formed his own Brexit Party to charge off the cliff. Tina Brown, Time, "Tina Brown: How Britain Lost the Plot Over Brexit," 6 June 2019 Fear of heights Does hiking up a mountain or standing on the edge of a cliff terrify you? Alyson Krueger, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Tackle the Most Common Travel Fears," 6 June 2019 In the clip, the trio basically dives off the edge of a cliff before weaving through some Norwegian Fjords at a lightning quick pace. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Jetpack Daredevils Fly Through Norwegian Fjords at Breakneck Speed," 12 Nov. 2018 Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, and Ryan Gosling star in the film, which feels like an angry, exhilarating, mad dash right off the edge of a cliff and into an abyss. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "5 movies that explain what caused the financial crisis, and what happened after," 14 Sep. 2018 The corals are able to grow even on steep cliff sides, and their fans are spread to catch the current and increase their chances of getting hit by food. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "This 'Secret Garden' of Coral May Be 1,000 Years Old," 15 May 2018 Among the new details revealed in testimony today was exactly what was in the system of each family member when the Yukon plummeted off the cliff. Lauren Smiley, Glamour, "Sarah Hart Was ‘Intoxicated’: Everything We’ve Learned So Far About the Hart Family From the Coroner’s Inquest," 5 Apr. 2019 More than 2 million years ago, our ancestors were already world travelers, trekking all the way from Africa to Asia, according to stone tools found on a cliff face in north-central China. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "Our ancestors may have left Africa hundreds of thousands of years earlier than thought," 11 July 2018 The stomach-churning climb, unprotected up the cliff face, was touted by many accomplished Yosemite climbers as something bordering on superhuman. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Duo breaks speed-climbing record on Yosemite’s El Capitan Nose," 30 May 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 How to pronounce cliff (audio) \

Kids Definition of cliff

: a high steep surface of rock

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