from The Century Dictionary.
- Having a sheer descent; precipitous.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective rare Deep and precipitous; having steep descent.
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Centripetal and centrifugal are in man, too, and primarily; and an aspiring soul will ascend into the sweeps and circles, and pass swift and devouring through baffling intervals and steep-down strata of galaxies and stars.
The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 30, April, 1860 Various
Exactly so; and, if the swallow unerringly traverses the line crossed by its ancestors, even though the old land has long been whelmed in steep-down gulfs of the sea, does not that show us something?
The Ethics of Drink and Other Social Questions Joints In Our Social Armour James Runciman 1871
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