Try Our Apps


Famous Last Words


[rok-feys] /ˈrɒkˌfeɪs/
an exposure of rock in a steep slope or cliff.
Origin of rockface
First recorded in 1850-55; rock1 + face Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for rock-face
Historical Examples
  • 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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for rockface

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for rock

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for rock-face