a cliff with a vertical, nearly vertical, or overhanging face.
a situation of great peril: on the precipice of war.
- prec·i·piced, adjective
- un·prec·i·piced, adjective
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How to use precipice in a sentence
Rope for lowering packs from precarious precipices and for hoisting bear bags.How to avoid camping with snakes, and other valuable outdoor lessons | Noah Lederman | August 24, 2021 | Popular-Science
By the fall of 2014, Darkside had reached the precipice of whatever passes for contemporary mainstream success.Darkside returns to lay claim to the title of best psychedelic rock band in the world | Jeff Weiss | July 23, 2021 | Washington Post
Electron-capture supernovas result from stars that sit right on the precipice of exploding.Scientists spotted an electron-capture supernova for the first time | Emily Conover | July 1, 2021 | Science News
There’s a precipice where ads in VR almost feel like we’re headed toward Ready Player One territory, so it’s a trend worth watching.
From the top of the bridge, looking over the precipice to the creek below inspired terror, but seen safely from below, he wrote, the arch “is delightful in an equal extreme.”Rekindling the wonder of Natural Bridge, once a testament to American grandeur | Philip Kennicott | June 17, 2021 | Washington Post
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Louis had no sooner reached the window, than he would have thrown himself from the flinty butments upon the top of the precipice.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
His impetuosity called forth the expression, “He is a fanatic who will lead us to a precipice.”The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
Matt went down, with the motor-cycle on top of him, head and shoulders over the brink of the precipice.Motor Matt's "Century" Run | Stanley R. Matthews
In this way they may drive in a cut having the length of a hundred feet or more from the face of the precipice.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
When Queeker came to try it he felt uneasy—sitting as he did so high, and looking down such a precipice as it seemed to him.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for precipice
the steep sheer face of a cliff or crag
the cliff or crag itself
a precarious situation
- precipiced, adjective
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