from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See cloff.
  • noun A narrow valley; a cleft in a hillside; a ravine, glen, or gorge.
  • noun A cliff; a rocky precipice.
  • noun The cleft or fork of a tree.
  • noun A wood.
  • noun A sluice; especially, a sluice for letting off water gently, as in the agricultural operation of improving soils by flooding them with muddy water. Also clow.
  • noun A large vessel of coarse earthenware.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A cleft in a hill; a ravine; a narrow valley.
  • noun A sluice used in returning water to a channel after depositing its sediment on the flooded land.
  • noun (Com.) An allowance in weighing. See cloff.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Formerly an allowance of two pounds in every three hundredweight after the tare and tret are subtracted; now used only in a general sense, of small deductions from the original weight.
  • noun US A ravine.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English cloh.


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  • (n.) steep valley or ravine 9Oxford Dictionary of English)

    July 28, 2008

  • Aren’t gorge and ravine quite enough

    For valleys and such hollowed stuff?

    Barranca and canyon

    Don’t need a companion.

    I think we’ll dispense with this “clough”.

    See comments at barranca.

    June 3, 2018