brink

noun \ ˈbriŋk \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of brink

1 : edge; especially : the edge at the top of a steep place
2 : a bank especially of a river
3 : the point of onset : verge
  • on the brink of war
4 : the threshold of danger

Examples of brink in a Sentence

  1. was at the brink of death when the rescuers arrived

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Origin and Etymology of brink

Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse brekka slope; akin to Middle Dutch brink grassland

brink Synonyms

Synonyms
point, cusp, edge, threshold, verge
Related Words
nick


BRINK Defined for Kids

brink

noun \ ˈbriŋk \

Definition of brink for Students

1 : the edge at the top of a steep place
2 : a point of beginning
  • But everything else was … on the brink of burning …
  • —Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting


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