Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Abruptly steep: noting a bold shore having navigable water close in to land.

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Examples

  • Westerly gales would drive a blockading fleet into the cul-de-sac of the Bay of Biscay whose shores were not merely hostile but wild and steep-to, with rain and fog.

    Hornblower And The Crisis

  • There were eighty fathoms in the deepest channel and the channel was pretty close to the southern shore at this point, so that the water was steep-to.

    When Eight Bells Toll

  • Everywhere else the shore is "steep-to" -- so much so that in many places it is very difficult to reach the sea.

    Jim Davis

  • To rightly get hold of our wintering place one must imagine a low spit of land jutting out into a fiord running, roughly north and south and bounded on both sides by a steep-to coast line indented with glaciers of vast size.

    South with Scott

  • The shores on the gulf are steep-to all round; three uninhabited islets basking in the sunshine just outside the cloud veil, and opposite the entrance to the harbour of

    Nostromo: a Tale of the Seaboard

  • As we opened its steep-to sides, they rounded gradually into a high curve at the skyline, and, at the base, into a foreshore of tumbled rock through which ran a cleft with still water protected by sheer rocks -- a narrow slit, but worth risking with the wind to drive us straight through.

    Foe-Farrell

  • There it takes another great leap into a basin it has hollowed for itself in the steep-to beach.

    Foe-Farrell

  • The beach at Rope Hauen is steep-to; and with the light breeze there was hardly a ripple on it.

    Old Fires and Profitable Ghosts

  • The water being so deep, and the bottom rocky, the position was perilous for sailing-ships, for the prevailing summer wind blows directly on the shore, which is steep-to and affords no shelter.

    The Life of Nelson

  • The shores on the gulf are steep-to all round; three uninhabited islets basking in the sunshine just outside the cloud veil, and opposite the entrance to the harbour of Sulaco, bear the name of "The Isabels."

    Nostromo, a Tale of the Seaboard

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