brink

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noun \ˈbriŋk\

Definition of brink

  1. 1 :  edge; especially :  the edge at the top of a steep place

  2. 2 :  a bank especially of a river

  3. 3 :  the point of onset :  verge <on the brink of war>

  4. 4 :  the threshold of danger

Examples of brink in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of brink

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


First Known Use: 13th century



BRINK Defined for Kids

brink

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noun \ˈbriŋk\

Definition of brink for Students

  1. 1 :  the edge at the top of a steep place

  2. 2 :  a point of beginning <But everything else was … on the brink of burning … — Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting>



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