Definition of rock face in English:

rock face


  • A bare vertical surface of natural rock.

    • ‘The audience effectively gets stuck in the panic on the rock face, watching helplessly as Peter makes a life-altering decision that will taint relations with his sister.’
    • ‘Even if he could be brought back to get a grip on the rock face, he was surely a dead man walking - or clambering.’
    • ‘The monster ran away and climbed the sheer rock face of a mountain with incredible speed and agility before Frankenstein could stop him.’
    • ‘The most radical aspect of the scheme is the treatment of the exterior as a massive rock face that will eventually bloom into a spectacular vertical garden.’
    • ‘The sound is eerie, piercing, and ricochets at us off Eocene-era volcanic rock faces.’
    • ‘A forty-metre-high mountain has sprung up and enveloped the building, the corners of which occasionally protrude from the artificial rock face.’
    • ‘Despite the apparent visual continuity of the rock face, it quickly becomes clear that the climbers occupy different spatial realities.’
    • ‘A singular rock face etches a message - which cannot be put in words - against the sky.’
    • ‘The key turning point arrives during a long sequence of Paul learning to climb the rock face of an intimidating cliff.’
    • ‘Most are found on vertical rock faces with an aspect towards the river.’
    • ‘I was fair at climbing rock faces, but not that high!’
    • ‘Around him, the Company laborers were dynamiting a rock face in an attempt to build a rail line, and others sat under the shade of trees, overwhelmed by the heat.’
    • ‘Smith consulted on these engineering projects, which earned him money, the chance to travel, and a close-up view of the rock faces.’
    • ‘The main geographical features of Mugar Gadam, which presumably led to its establishment, are two large, adjacent crevices in the rock face, and above them a nearby spring.’
    • ‘They also appear to be growing out of the bare rock faces.’
    • ‘Wayne easily slipped through the crevice in the rock face, but I had to hold my breath so I wouldn't get stuck.’
    • ‘They're expert climbers, so they can go up any rock face and that is their world.’
    • ‘The others have been carved from a vertical rock face and are more cave-like.’
    • ‘They were not roped together at this point, and Doug decided to scout a way across the rock face into another chimney, or perhaps to a couloir they could use as a way down.’
    • ‘The small natural population of silverswords that persists on Mauna Kea now contains only 42 plants, all of them confined to cliffs and rock faces that are inaccessible to ungulates.’
    cliff, bluff, ridge, precipice, overhang
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rock face

/ˈräk ˌfās//ˈrɑk ˌfeɪs/