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Definition of "precipice" []

  • An overhanging or extremely steep mass of rock, such as a crag or the face of a cliff. (noun)
  • The brink of a dangerous or disastrous situation: on the precipice of defeat. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "precipice" in a sentence
  • "So, yes, do I continue to oppose it and I do think the term precipice was a good choice of words, John."
  • "The sound of a stone thrown over the precipice is heard for several li."
  • "The word precipice is defined as a very steep, overhanging place or a hazardous situation."