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.
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- 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
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.
That was precisely what happened in the U.K. at the start of the last decade, with marketing literature on what came to be known as "precipice bonds" underemphasizing the three-for-one losses on some plans, and resulting in millions of pounds of redress being ordered by the Financial Services Authority.
In reality, the conferees knew the only country that had an industrial base capable of pulling the world back from the precipice was the United States.
On this account I will call the precipice the Cliff without a
Acknowledging the fact that we are waltzing along a precipice is the first move in taking steps away from the edge.
To Holly, it looked as if the precipice was a straight fall, without so much as an angle to cushion the horse beneath them.
Marocco of several thousands, by taking a judicious position at the southern extremity of this narrow path and tremendous precipice, which is but a few yards in length.
Along the foot of the precipice was a row of unsightly and unsubstantial buildings, where the scant population lived, carried on their few handicrafts, and stored their winter provisions.