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  • noun Plural form of clift.

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Examples

  • Side on which was 2 Lodges of Indians drying fish on Scaffolds as above at 16 miles from the point the river passesinto the range of high Countrey at which place the rocks project into the river from the high clifts which is on the Lard.

    The Journals of Lewis and Clark, 1804-1806

  • Her spirits, thus weakened, the gloomy grandeur of the scenes which had so lately awakened emotions of delightful sublimity, now awed her into terror; she trembled at the sound of the torrents rolling among the clifts and thundering in the vale below, and shrunk from the view of the precipices, which sometimes overhung the road, and at others appeared beneath it.

    The Romance of the Forest

  • Wherefore it is no maruell if the walles be and haue bene beaten downe, and if there be breaches and clifts in many places.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • Diuers places were hidden and couered ouer with winding, felted and spreding Iuie, full of black berries, and greene soft leaues heare and there growing vp, and hindering the inwarde obiect of the auncient worke, with other Murall and wall weeds comming out of the chinkes and clifts, as the bell flowre.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • 'Enflaming themselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the vales under the clifts of the rocks ....

    The Revelation Explained

  • Their houses are digged round about with earth, and have from the uttermost brims of the circle, clifts of wood set upon them, joining close together at the top like a spire steeple, which by reason of that closeness are very warm.

    Sir Francis Drake’s Famous Voyage Round the World

  • I’ll tell you how you shall know them: all he-devils has horns, and all she-devils has clifts and cloven feet.

    Scene IV

  • A mule train of heavily laden burros laden with gold from the mines was to be seen wondering among the highest clifts and gorgs of the Rocky Mts and a tall man with a long silken mustash and a cartigde belt could be heard cursin vile oaths because he well knew this was the lair of Harold

    Penrod

  • W. 5. to a very bad rapid, opposite which, a small run discharges itself on N.side. passing perpendicular clifts where the [y] were compelled to pass through the water; passed over loose fragments of rocks on the side of a steep mountain also passed one

    Original journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804-1806

  • W. 3. high clifts on either side of the river, no road.

    Original journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804-1806

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