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precipice n : a very steep cliff

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First attested in 1598, from L. præcipitium a steep place, from præceps steep, from præ- forth + caput head. First meaning of the noun is recorded from 1632.


  1. A very steep cliff.
  2. The brink of a dangerous situation.
    to stand on a precipice



Extensive Definition

Large and famous cliffs

The highest cliff in the solar system may be Verona Rupes, an approximately 20 km (12 mile) high fault scarp on Miranda, a moon of Uranus. The following is an incomplete list of cliffs of the world. (see also :Category:Cliffs)


Above Sea Above Land

North America

South America


Above Sea Above Land


precipice in Czech: Útes
precipice in Danish: Klint
precipice in German: Abhang
precipice in Esperanto: Klifo
precipice in Spanish: Acantilado
precipice in Estonian: Kalju
precipice in French: Falaise
precipice in Galician: Cantil
precipice in Hebrew: צוק
precipice in Ido: Klifo
precipice in Indonesian: Tebing
precipice in Italian: Scogliera
precipice in Dutch: Klip
precipice in Japanese: 崖
precipice in Korean: 절벽
precipice in Low German: Klint
precipice in Polish: Urwisko
precipice in Portuguese: Falésia
precipice in Slovak: Horský útes
precipice in Slovenian: Klif
precipice in Ukrainian: Скеля
precipice in Portuguese: falésia
precipice in Chinese: 悬崖
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