precipice

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈprɛsɪpɪs/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈprɛsəpɪs/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(presə pis)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
prec•i•pice /ˈprɛsəpɪs/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a cliff with a steep or overhanging face.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
prec•i•pice  (presə pis),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a cliff with a vertical, nearly vertical, or overhanging face.
  2. a situation of great peril:on the precipice of war.
preci•piced, adj. 
  • Latin praecipitium steep place, equivalent. to praecipit- (stem of praeceps) steep, headlong (prae- pre- + -cipit-, comb.form of caput head; see caput)+ -ium -ium
  • Middle French
  • 1590–1600

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
precipice /ˈprɛsɪpɪs/ n
  1. the steep sheer face of a cliff or crag
  2. the cliff or crag itself
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin praecipitium steep place, from praeceps headlong

ˈprecipiced adj
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