- the edge or margin of a steep place or of land bordering water.
- any extreme edge; verge.
- a crucial or critical point, especially of a situation or state beyond which success or catastrophe occurs: We were on the brink of war.
Origin of brink
Related Wordsthreshold, fringe, periphery, verge, perimeter, frontier, border, point, skirt, rim, limit, brim, lip, boundary, margin
Examples from the Web for brink
She was sexually and verbally abused, leading her to the brink of suicide.A Quorum For Change: The Fight For Global LGBT Equality
December 11, 2014
Emergent procedures provide their benefit right away and have the awesome potential to rescue a patient from the brink of death.Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Risky Heart Surgery
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD
November 26, 2014
It is conceivable, if highly unlikely, that most Palestinians will try to pull back from the brink.Intifada 3.0: Growing Unrest and a Plot to Kill an Israeli Minister
November 21, 2014
Meanwhile, their Missouri hometown appears to be on the brink of chaos.Riot Prep Could Fuel Ferguson Violence
November 13, 2014
But things were once a lot closer to the brink than most people knew.I Saw Nuclear Armageddon Sitting on My Desk
November 10, 2014
It was probably his daughter who led him back from the brink of the grave.The Man Shakespeare
It was on the brink of the Barrage itself that I spoke to Bailey.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
I followed with the others round the corner to arrive at the brink of the canyon.American Notes
Calendar waddled to the brink of the stage, grunting with relief.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
We lightly debate, we hesitate, we yawn, unconscious of the brink.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
- the edge, border, or verge of a steep placethe brink of the precipice
- the highest point; topthe sun fell below the brink of the hill
- the land at the edge of a body of water
- the verge of an event or statethe brink of disaster
Word Origin and History for brink
early 13c., from Middle Low German brink "edge," or Danish brink "steepness, shore, bank, grassy edge," from Proto-Germanic *brenkon, probably from PIE *bhreng-, variant of root *bhren- "project, edge" (cf. Lithuanian brinkti "to swell").