rimrock

noun

rim·​rock ˈrim-ˌräk How to pronounce rimrock (audio)
1
: a top stratum or overlying strata of resistant rock of a plateau that outcrops to form a vertical face
2
: the edge or face of a rimrock outcrop

Examples of rimrock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But areas with broad canyons in rimrock and badland country seldom get pressured by hunters. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, 19 Mar. 2021 The young men opened fire, then hiked down to the foot of the rimrock. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 2 June 2020 Together, the landscape of soaring rimrock and deep canyons runs for 27 miles north to south and 39 miles east to west, roadless but for a single gravel Forest Service road. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 2 June 2020 The low sun nestled into the trees at the top of the ridge and warmed the high bands of broken rimrock across the creek. Peter Heller, Outdoor Life, 17 Feb. 2020 But on the rimrock summit overlooking [Prineville] … Facebook is sinking the footings for the first of two 450,000-square-foot data centers that together will cost $1 billion when completed in 2021. James Hohmann, Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2018 But on the rimrock summit overlooking this city, the county seat and home to 10,000 residents, Facebook is sinking the footings for the first of two 450,000-square-foot data centers that together will cost $1 billion when completed in 2021. New York Times, 6 Mar. 2018 The owners of this 10,000-acre property purchased it on an impulse, then built a house situated on the rimrock of a tributary canyon. Wsj Real Estate, WSJ, 10 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rimrock was in 1860

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“Rimrock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rimrock. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

rimrock

noun
rim·​rock ˈrim-ˌräk How to pronounce rimrock (audio)
1
: the top layer or layers of rock on a plateau that remains as a vertical surface after the land near it is worn away
2
: the edge or surface of a layer of rimrock
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