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

  • n. A high, steep, or overhanging face of rock.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A vertical (or nearly vertical) rock face.
  • n. Obsolete form of clef.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A high, steep rock; a precipice.
  • n. See clef.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The steep and rugged face of a rocky mass; a steep rock or headland; a precipice.
  • n. A variant of clef.
  • n. The strata of rock above or between the strata of coal.
  • n. Hard chalk.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a steep high face of rock


Middle English clif, from Old English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English clif. (Wiktionary)



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