Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fall of rocks, as from a cliff.

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  • n. A quantity of rocks that has fallen from a cliff etc.

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Examples

  • Mount St. Helens in Washington State shot a steam and ash plume at least 16,000 feet into the air Monday after a large rockfall from the lava dome in the volcano's crater.

    Mount St. Helens Volcano Cam

  • We scratched around but did not find any bison remains in the colluvium pile below, and the seemingly carefully placed stones at the front of the shallow cave were only natural rockfall from the ceiling.

    Bird Cloud

  • A remaining fear is that the rockfall that originally trapped them may have weakened the props holding up the mine.

    Chilean miners' ordeal almost over as workers prepare to go free

  • The rock giant moved to the edge of the rockfall and began to lift medium-sized boulders – those large enough to crush a half-dozen lemkins.

    The Size of Things « A Fly in Amber

  • Management took the decision to halt operations after the early morning rockfall, which occurred about 2,125 meters underground,

    Harmony Mining Suspends Operations After Death

  • The explosion was the second incident at Phakisa in a week after a rockfall about 2,100 meters underground killed a worker early last Saturday.

    Blast at Harmony Mine Kills Three

  • It is considered one of, if not the most difficult climb due to the weather, angle, rockfall and avalanches.

    Broad Peak and K2

  • At some point Harold stops at a pullout surrounded by rockfall.

    Memory Wall

  • He thought about giving up but he could feel air moving past him from behind the rockfall.

    Babylon Nights

  • The rockfall that killed him lay beside the huddled figures of Iolanthe and Alexander, both scared shitless at what Lily might decide to do to them.

    THE 5 GREATEST WARRIORS

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