Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A ravine.
  • n. Formerly an allowance of two pounds in every three hundredweight after the tare and tret are subtracted; now used only in a general sense, of small deductions from the original weight.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cleft in a hill; a ravine; a narrow valley.
  • n. A sluice used in returning water to a channel after depositing its sediment on the flooded land.
  • n. An allowance in weighing. See cloff.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A narrow valley; a cleft in a hillside; a ravine, glen, or gorge.
  • n. A cliff; a rocky precipice.
  • n. The cleft or fork of a tree.
  • n. A wood.
  • n. A sluice; especially, a sluice for letting off water gently, as in the agricultural operation of improving soils by flooding them with muddy water. Also clow.
  • n. A large vessel of coarse earthenware.
  • n. See cloff.

Etymologies

From Old English cloh. (Wiktionary)

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  • (n.) steep valley or ravine 9Oxford Dictionary of English)

    July 28, 2008