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
Middle English, probably of Scandinavian origin .(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English brinke, from Proto-Germanic *brenkaz (compare Dutch brink ‘grassland’, German dialect Brunkel, Icelandic brekka ‘slope’), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰren- ‘project’ (compare Tocharian B prenke ‘island’, Irish braine ‘prow’). (Wiktionary)