Share this entry

Share this page

undercliff

Line breaks: under|cliff
Pronunciation: /ˈʌndəklɪf
 
/

Definition of undercliff in English:

noun

A terrace or lower cliff formed by a landslip.
Example sentences
  • At one stage we found ourselves walking the ‘undercliff’, where soft strata have eroded into the rockface enough to create walkable paths midway up a cliff.
  • At the foot of the fall some long distant collapse had made an undercliff, nearly flat, across which the water loitered in a broad shallow rock basin, till it reached another fall.
  • The casks were hauled up the path to the undercliff and loaded into carts, the crew gathered on the narrow beach and paid off, the ship turned about and set on her way back to Islanoray.

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day snarf
Pronunciation: snɑːf
verb
eat or drink quickly or greedily