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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Definitions for precipice

  1. A very steep, perpendicular, or overhanging place; a cliff.
  2. The brink of a hazardous situation.

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Citations for precipice
Barbara got as close to the edge as she dared and looked down over the precipice. Catherine Whitney, The Calling: The Year in the Life of an Order of Nuns
And then, just like that, there you were, on the edge of the precipice, with everything spread out underneath: the valley, and then, twenty miles off, the shimmering, spangling City. James Kaplan, Two Guys from Verona: A Novel of Suburbia
Origin of precipice
Precipice comes from Latin praecipitium, "a precipice," from praeceps, praecipit-, "with head before, headlong, steep," from prae, "before" + caput, "the head."