The definition of a precipice is the edge of a steep cliff.noun
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- a vertical, almost vertical, or overhanging rock face; steep cliff
- a greatly hazardous situation, verging on disaster
Origin: Fr précipice < L praecipitium < praeceps, headlong < prae-, before (see pre-) + caput, head (see chief)
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- 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: French précipice, from Latin praecipitium, from praeceps, praecipit-, headlong; see precipitate.