A hiker enjoying the view.
The definition of a precipice is the edge of a steep cliff.
An example of a precipice is the edge of a cliff.
- a vertical, almost vertical, or overhanging rock face; steep cliff
- a greatly hazardous situation, verging on disaster
Origin of precipiceFrench précipice from Classical Latin praecipitium from praeceps, headlong from prae-, before (see pre-) + caput, head (see chief)
- An overhanging or extremely steep mass of rock, such as a crag or the face of a cliff.
- The brink of a dangerous or disastrous situation: on the precipice of defeat.
Origin of precipiceFrench précipice from Latin praecipitium from praeceps praecipit- headlong ; see precipitate .