- The definition of a precipice is the edge of a steep cliff.
An example of a precipice is the edge of a cliff.
precipice definition by Webster's New World
- a vertical, almost vertical, or overhanging rock face; steep cliff
- a greatly hazardous situation, verging on disaster
Origin: French précipice ; from Classical Latin praecipitium ; from praeceps, headlong ; from prae-, before (see pre-) plush caput, head (see chief)
precipice definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.