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rockface

[rok-feys] /ˈrɒkˌfeɪs/
noun
1.
an exposure of rock in a steep slope or cliff.
Origin of rockface
1850-1855
1850-55; rock1 + face
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  • Such stuff is always close behind the bacteria which first attack a rock-face.

    Nightmare Planet Murray Leinster
  • There was the little cave high up in the rock-face, looking towards the land, to which he had once scrambled up.

    Paul the Minstrel and Other Stories Arthur Christopher Benson
  • Below the rock-face we came back to snow grass and stony creeks, and so to last night's camping ground.

  • He caught fast and firm at John-Without-Asking, and threw himself over the rock-face.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • The rain stormed at them from above; spat at them from the rock-face; and leapt up at them from their feet.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • They rowed close into the shore, till they discovered a place where the rock-face was cleft, and showed a pale light within.

  • Behind him the rock-face was so nearly perpendicular that no enemy could steal upon him from the rear.

    In the Morning of Time Charles G. D. Roberts
  • On the rock-face overhead I noticed several small ranunculuses in flower at an elevation of 11,500 feet above the sea.

    Italian Alps Douglas William Freshfield
  • The front of the Propylæum is of ashlar and rock-face work, and it is pronounced a very beautiful structure.

    Miss Ashton's New Pupil Mrs. S. S. Robbins
  • My poor Bart broke into an account of all that had occurred, but that rock-face never softened for an instant.

Word Origin and History for rock-face
n.

1847, from rock (n.1) + face (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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