Origin of precipice
Examples from the Web for precipice
They are always suspended over a precipice, dangling by a slender thread that shows every sign of snapping.
When Brecht penned these lines, his continent hovered on the precipice of a journey into hell.
We always seem to be on the precipice of falling back into recession.The U.S. Economy Had a Hiccup, Not a Heart Attack, This Year|Daniel Gross|May 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Here we stand, on the precipice of another glorious summer—but what will it hold?
There was a sense of standing together on the precipice, but holding each other aloft by sheer will, conjoined by rage.‘The Normal Heart’ and Hope in the Battlefield of AIDS|Michael Musto|May 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cant you see, woman, that we are half-way down the precipice?Michael and His Lost Angel|Henry Arthur Jones
The reader will feel how rapidly I was advancing to the brink of the precipice.Caleb Williams|William Godwin
He slid down a precipice, one hundred feet high, into the ravine between the forts, and escaped to the woods.
Natural hot and cold waters pour over a precipice of cyclopean masses of granite at one end, about fifty feet wide and forty high.A Summer's Outing|Carter H. Harrison
But you were obliged to climb the precipice in order to reach the park of Devil's Cliff?A Romance of the West Indies|Eugne Sue
British Dictionary definitions for precipice
- the steep sheer face of a cliff or crag
- the cliff or crag itself
Word Origin for precipice
Word Origin and History for precipice
"steep face of rock," 1630s, from Middle French précipice, from Latin praecipitium "a steep place," literally "a fall or leap," from praeceps (genitive praecipitis) "steep, headlong, headfirst," from prae "before, forth" (see pre-) + caput "head" (see head (n.)). Earlier in English as a verb (1590s) meaning "fall to great depth."