PREC'IPICE, n. [L. proecipitium, from proeceps,headlong; proe, forward,and ceps, for caput, head. See Chief.] 1. Strictly, a falling headlong; hence, a steep descent of land; a fall or descent of land, perpendicular or nearly so. Where wealth, like fruit, on precipices grew. 2. A steep descent, in general. In the breaking of the waves there is ever a precipice. Swift down the precipice of time it goes.
nounEtymology: French, from Middle French, from Latin praecipitium, from praecipit-, praeceps headlong, from prae- + caput head — more at headDate: 1613 1. a very steep or overhanging place 2. a hazardous situation; broadlybrink
Precipice Prec"i*pice, n. [F. pr['e]cipice, L. praecipitium, fr. praeceps, -cipitis, headlong; prae before + caput, capitis, the head. See Pre-, and Chief.] 1. A sudden or headlong fall. [Obs.] --Fuller. 2. A headlong steep; a very steep, perpendicular, or overhanging place; an abrupt declivity; a cliff. Where wealth like fruit on precipices grew. --Dryden.
(precipices) 1. A precipice is a very steep cliff on a mountain. N-COUNT 2. If you say that someone is on the edge of a precipice, you mean that they are in a dangerous situation in which they are extremely close to disaster or failure. The King now stands on the brink of a political precipice.N-COUNT