from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The upper edge of a steep or vertical slope: the brink of a cliff.
- n. The margin of land bordering a body of water.
- n. The point at which something is likely to begin; the verge: "Time and again the monarchs and statesmen of Europe approached the brink of conflict” ( W. Bruce Lincoln). See Synonyms at border.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The edge, margin, or border of a steep place, as of a precipice; a bank or edge, as of a river or pit; a verge; a border; as, the brink of a chasm. Also used figuratively.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The edge, margin, or border of a steep place, as of a precipice; a bank or edge, as of a river or pit; a verge; a border. Also Fig.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The edge, margin, or border of a steep place, as of a precipice or the bank of a river; verge; hence, close proximity: as, “the precipice's brink,”
- n. to be on the brink of ruin.
- n. Synonyms See rim.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the edge of a steep place
- n. a region marking a boundary
- n. the limit beyond which something happens or changes
Kevin Nolan double puts Newcastle on the title brink
The only way we will move away from this brink is one step at at time …
The only way we will move away from this brink is one step at at time, and no amount of wishful thinking is going to change that.
Bahrain’s foreign minister, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Khalifa, justified the deadly crackdown saying it was necessary because demonstrators were pushing the country to what he characterized as the "brink of a sectarian abyss."
The story of how AIG was pulled back from the brink is a tale of trial and error, of a determined but sometimes precarious effort to find an exit from the most momentous of all Wall Street bailouts.
The call-up for the England squad of Wolves' Matt Jarvis might even suggest that living close to the brink is the making of some footballers.
Whether it's the DVDs that you can buy for a couple of bucks on streets from Lahore to Los Angeles, or the movies and series that anyone can download for free, the top reason they believe their businesses are on the brink is the theft of their intellectual property.
Insofar as evolution is concerned, maybe teetering on the brink is a good thing, the researchers speculate.
Near the brink was a thicket of box in which a trunk lay prostrate; this had been once or twice their trysting-place, though it was by no means
Fiery play by R. Wallace sparks Pistons to title brink
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