from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Hemmed in by rocks.


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  • Keeping carefully out of sight, I followed the crest along for a couple of miles to a natural amphitheatre in the hills, where the little river raced down out of a gorge and stopped for breath in a large and placid rock-bound pool.


  • To extract the rock-bound crude, explorers and producers will boost spending this year by an estimated 8.1% to $93.6 billion, according to a Barclays Capital survey of 210 companies.

    Oil-Drilling Boom Under Way

  • It was a rock-bound coast, with one patch of beach in many miles, and the law was that I should dig my hands into the sand and draw myself clear of the surf.


  • As the Escalade turned into Sedona's secluded Enchantment Resort-nestled on 70 acres in the midst of the red rock-bound Boynton Canyon -- my impression wasn't of being in a faraway part of the country but on another planet altogether.

    Monique Stringfellow: First Impressions of the Desert

  • Some joined relatives in other rickety, rock-bound coastal villages like Point Alones, Cypress Point, Pescadero Point, and Point Lobos.

    In The Shadow of The Cypress

  • It's also the catalyst for loyal company man Wikus to examine his own prejudices and rock-bound belief system.

    No Time's Right for 'Traveler's Wife'

  • Then he was off and running after the other, who had made for the wood but sheered off, blocked by a rock-bound streamlet in his path.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • When, presently, the summer storms gathered on that rock-bound, open hill, with its wide reaches of vine and shrub-wild, fierce storms that bent the birch and cedar, and strained at the bay and huckleberry, with lightning and turbulent wind and thunder, followed by the charging rain — the name seemed to become peculiarly appropriate.

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • Indeed, they have a most unsailor-like love for the land, and I really believe that in a gale of wind they would rather have a rock-bound coast on their lee than no coast at all.


  • The torrent of lava fell into a small rock-bound basin that had no apparent communication with the sea, and was evidently the aperture of a deep abyss, of which the waters, heated by the descent of the eruptive matter, would no doubt retain their liquid condition long after the Gallian Sea had become a sheet of ice.

    Off on a Comet


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