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precipice
Cap Canaille
Cassis, France

prec·i·pice

 (prĕs′ə-pĭs)
n.
1. An overhanging or extremely steep mass of rock, such as a crag or the face of a cliff.
2. The brink of a dangerous or disastrous situation: on the precipice of defeat.

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

precipice

(ˈprɛsɪpɪs)
n
1. (Physical Geography)
a. the steep sheer face of a cliff or crag
b. the cliff or crag itself
2. a precarious situation
[C16: from Latin praecipitium steep place, from praeceps headlong]
ˈprecipiced adj

prec•i•pice

(ˈprɛs ə pɪs)

n.
1. a cliff with a vertical, nearly vertical, or overhanging face.
2. a situation of great peril.
[1590–1600; < Middle French < Latin praecipitium steep place =praecipit- (s. of praeceps) steep, headlong]
prec′i•piced, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.precipice - a very steep cliffprecipice - a very steep cliff      
cliff, drop-off, drop - a steep high face of rock; "he stood on a high cliff overlooking the town"; "a steep drop"

precipice

noun cliff, crag, rock face, cliff face, height, brink, bluff, sheer drop, steep cliff, scarp The path had sheer rock on one side and a precipice on the other.
Translations
جُرْف، هاويَه
propast
stejl klippe
òverhnípi
skardingasstatus
krauja
prepad

precipice

[ˈpresɪpɪs] Nprecipicio m, despeñadero m

precipice

[ˈprɛsɪpɪs] nprécipice m

precipice

n (lit, fig)Abgrund m

precipice

[ˈprɛsɪpɪs] nprecipizio
on the edge of a precipice → sull'orlo del precepizio

precipice

(ˈpresipis) noun
a steep cliff.
precipitous (priˈsipitəs) adjective
very steep.
References in classic literature ?
It was a pictorial sheet, and Jo examined the work of art nearest her, idly wondering what fortuitous concatenation of circumstances needed the melodramatic illustration of an Indian in full war costume, tumbling over a precipice with a wolf at his throat, while two infuriated young gentlemen, with unnaturally small feet and big eyes, were stabbing each other close by, and a disheveled female was flying away in the background with her mouth wide open.
As these, again, were surmounted by tall trees, which appeared to totter on the brows of the precipice, it gave the stream the appearance of running through a deep and narrow dell.
Had Clifford attained the balcony, he would probably have leaped into the street; but whether impelled by the species of terror that sometimes urges its victim over the very precipice which he shrinks from, or by a natural magnetism, tending towards the great centre of humanity, it were not easy to decide.
The prow of the boat is partially unbroken, and is drawn just balancing upon the monster's spine; and standing in that prow, for that one single incomputable flash of time, you behold an oarsman, half shrouded by the incensed boiling spout of the whale, and in the act of leaping, as if from a precipice.
Some of the cells carved in the living rock were just behind the face of the precipice, and in each of these an arrow-slit had been pierced outward to the daylight, and so the captive had a thin ray from the blessed sun for his comfort.
Now if one turns and looks up the gorge once more, he will see the Schloss Hotel on the right perched on a precipice overlooking the Neckar--a precipice which is so sumptuously cushioned and draped with foliage that no glimpse of the rock appears.
The candles revealed the fact that it was not really a precipice, but only a steep clay hill twenty or thirty feet high.
Wragge's last question, trifling as it was, had checked her on the verge of the precipice -- had roused the old vain hope in her once more of release by accident.
There was a dark gloom in my solitary chamber, when I at length returned to it; but I was tired now, and, getting into bed again, fell - off a tower and down a precipice - into the depths of sleep.
Half a second before you had only to dash the book from the priest's hands, and put your hand over his mouth, and though thus giddily swinging on the brink of the precipice, you are saved.
But see the angry Victor hath recall'd His Ministers of vengeance and pursuit Back to the Gates of Heav'n: The Sulphurous Hail Shot after us in storm, oreblown hath laid The fiery Surge, that from the Precipice Of Heav'n receiv'd us falling, and the Thunder, Wing'd with red Lightning and impetuous rage, Perhaps hath spent his shafts, and ceases now To bellow through the vast and boundless Deep.
This flapper is likewise employed diligently to attend his master in his walks, and upon occasion to give him a soft flap on his eyes; because he is always so wrapped up in cogitation, that he is in manifest danger of falling down every precipice, and bouncing his head against every post; and in the streets, of justling others, or being justled himself into the kennel.