1. A sudden or headlong fall.

2. A headlong steep; a very steep, perpendicular, or overhanging place; an abrupt declivity; a cliff. "Where wealth like fruit on precipices grew." (Dryden)

Origin: F. Precipice, L. Praecipitium, fr. Praeceps, -cipitis, headlong; prae = before + caput, capitis, the head. See Pre-, and Chief.

(01 Mar 1998)

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