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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

see bluff (n.1).


n. (plural of bluff English) vb. (en-third-person singular of: bluff)

Bluffs, IL -- U.S. village in Illinois
Population (2000): 748
Housing Units (2000): 330
Land area (2000): 1.015041 sq. miles (2.628945 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.015041 sq. miles (2.628945 sq. km)
FIPS code: 06899
Located within: Illinois (IL), FIPS 17
Location: 39.749376 N, 90.534884 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Bluffs, IL

Usage examples of "bluffs".

Its lowlands are wide, and there are bluffs and plateaus fit to build a Dolwyddelan or a Clochran Castle upon.

Steep bluffs of the river and creekw ould protect the other two sides, and water would be accessible even in a siege.

The sentries along the bluffs and on the bastions were tense, their heads swiveling.

His smithies had built a bonfire against one of the bluffs and kept it white-hot with a bellows.

Madoc directed his full attention toward the broad, deep, beautiful river from the east, which flowed between high, forested bluffs through rolling meadows.

The current was strong but not swift, and the river was broad enough for sailing before the prevailing winds, except when the stream wound and looped, and the high, wooded bluffs baffled the breeze.

The bluffs rose steep and high on the north side of the river, and still higher, bold and knoblike hills rose above the bluffs, while the land on the south side of the bend was low, fertile bottomland, hazy still with mist.

Now he left his sister weeping, hobbled out into the rocky garden over the falls and stood wheezing, watching the gold light of the sunset glow on the vast scene of green bluffs and spilling waters and mist.

And tongues of flame were glowing on the steep, wooded bluffs and in the ravines on the north bank of the river.

Here there were only fishing camps in the bottomlands, he had heard, and beacon towers on the high bluffs, far apart from each other.

Sometimes the wind blew enough snow along the ice that those faraway people would vanish in frosty whiteness, and even the great, high river bluffs would fade out of sight.

There in the bend of the river it was a beautiful place, standing high on its bluff with the sunshine on its domes, with the gray-blue river behind it, making its colors stand forth bright, and beyond the river were the bluffs on the other side, and the gap down through them where the path to the crossing place ran.

He cleverly bluffs his way through, counting on everyone to conclude, as I myself did, that only an innocent man would leave such damning evidence at the scene.

Rooted somewhere among the trees atop the bluffs, an ominously burgeoning growth of black smoke towered like the djinn of riot above the countryside.

Beyond the road and behind a wire fence, the tree-covered bluffs rose up unpromisingly.