Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A subordinate cliff on a shore, consisting of material that has fallen from the higher cliff above.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A subordinate cliff on a shore, consisting of material that has fallen from the higher cliff above.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The name given along parts of the west of England, as near Lyme Regis in Dorsetshire, England, to a strip of very broken ground formed by the combined action of rain and sea on a mass of strata of varying lithological character.

Etymologies

under- +‎ cliff (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Two significant commercially owned landholdings occur on the Isle of Portland, located in the northern and north-eastern parts of the undercliff and coastline.

    Dorset and East Devon Coast, United Kingdom

  • We need to use the brilliant kernel to light up the undercliff and the cave so that our abilities and expertise are used to face our common challenges, wherever they may be.

    Speech at Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland

  • The wildly erratic disorder has been covered with a lovely profusion of flowers and plants in the sheltered valleys and ravines of this miniature Switzerland, and the whole undercliff as far as

    Wanderings in Wessex An Exploration of the Southern Realm from Itchen to Otter

  • The coast at Branscombe is wildly beautiful, and an interesting ramble may be taken at low tide among the masses of rock that form a sort of undercliff; the miniature valleys between are carpeted with rare and beautiful flowers.

    Wanderings in Wessex An Exploration of the Southern Realm from Itchen to Otter

  • The undercliff has not in the least the barren look of an ordinary bit of waste ground touching the shore, but is covered with grass and thick undergrowth, oaks and hawthorns, and masses of ivy, and beneath them the long spear-like leaves and scarlet-berried pods of the wild-iris.

    Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts

  • [5] Those who have seen the undercliff in the Isle of Wight will be able to form some idea of the terraces of the lunar ring-mountains, as they are very similar formations.

    To Mars via The Moon An Astronomical Story

  • On the summit of the cliff a delightful drive has been constructed, while an undercliff drive, extending for a mile and a half between Bournemouth Pier and

    Bournemouth, Poole & Christchurch

  • Eastwards the cape slopes inland at a gentler angle with an undercliff, a narrow plateau, and behind the plateau mountain walls.

    The Summons

  • Theophilus the Goth might tell them the modest beginnings of Teutonic Christianity among his countrymen of the Crimean undercliff.

    The Arian Controversy

  • One day, after Dolly had been a fortnight at Upcombe, the Compsons gave a picnic in the wild Combe undercliff.

    The Woman Who Did

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