a high steep face of a rock.
a critical point or situation beyond which something bad or undesirable may occur:
The committee is right up to the cliff with no deal in sight.
a male given name, form of or .
a steep high rock face, esp one that runs along the seashore and has the strata exposed
Old English clif “rock, promontory, steep slope,” from Proto-Germanic *kliban (cf. Old Saxon clif, Old Norse klif, Middle Dutch klippe, Dutch klip, Old High German klep, German Klippe “cliff, promontory, steep rock”).
Clift has been a variant spelling since 15c. and was common in early Modern English, influenced by or merged with clift, a variant of cleft (n.). Cliff-dweller first attested 1889, American English.
noun 1. any of several common ferns of the genus Pellaea, usually growing in pockets of thin soil on rocks.
noun 1. (usually initial capital letter) a member of a prehistoric people of the southwestern U.S., who were ancestors of the Pueblo Indians and built shelters in caves or on the ledges of cliffs. 2. a person who lives in an apartment house, especially in a large city.
[klif-hang] /ˈklɪfˌhæŋ/ verb (used without object), cliff-hung, cliff-hanging. Informal. 1. to wait eagerly for the outcome of a suspenseful situation or contest.
[klif-hang-er] /ˈklɪfˌhæŋ ər/ noun 1. a melodramatic adventure serial in which each installment ends in suspense in order to interest the reader or viewer in the next installment. 2. a situation or contest of which the outcome is suspensefully uncertain up to the very last moment: The game was a cliff-hanger, but our team finally […]