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.

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  • n. a very steep cliff


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French précipice, from Latin praecipitium, from praeceps, praecipit-, headlong; see precipitate.

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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.


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