from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An overhanging or extremely steep mass of rock, such as a crag or the face of a cliff.
- n. The brink of a dangerous or disastrous situation: on the precipice of defeat.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A very steep cliff.
- n. The brink of a dangerous situation.
- n. A headlong fall or descent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sudden or headlong fall.
- n. A headlong steep; a very steep, perpendicular, or overhanging place; an abrupt declivity; a cliff.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A headlong fall; an abrupt descent.
- n. A bank or cliff extremely steep, or even perpendicular or overhanging; a headlong declivity.
- n. The brink of a steep declivity; hence, a dangerous place; a critical position; a perilous location.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a very steep cliff
French précipice, from Latin praecipitium, from praeceps, praecipit-, headlong; see precipitate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in 1598, from Latin *praecipitium ("a steep place"), from praeceps ("steep"), from prae + caput ("head"). First meaning of the noun is recorded from 1632. (Wiktionary)