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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

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Synonyms for brink


cusp, edge, point, threshold, verge

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Examples of brink in a Sentence

was at the brink of death when the rescuers arrived

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This species now has a fighting chance for survival and to rebound from the brink of extinction. Janet Mcconnaughey, The Seattle Times, "NOAA: Bryde’s whales in Gulf of Mexico are endangered," 12 Apr. 2019 Having had a glimpse of the future her daughter can look forward to in Gilead, Serena is finally pushed over the brink to revolt, but in a very subtle and shrewd way. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Finale Offers a Light in the Darkness," 11 July 2018 Burney Creek flows over the brink and is mixed with subterranean flow from lava tubes at mid-wall to create a curtain effect. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Northern California’s 12 splashiest waterfalls," 17 May 2018 Trump's action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of 250 degrees and raining sulfuric acid. Juliana Rose Pignataro, Newsweek, "Stephen Hawking Predictions: Most Notable Theories From Physicist Before Death At 76," 14 Mar. 2018 But with the country on the brink of Brexit, the need to build relations is clear. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Duchess Meghan Won Morocco’s Heart Just Weeks Before Her Due Date," 26 Feb. 2019 Rather than make Russia more secure, Putin and his new missiles are on the brink of making the country even less secure. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "As a Key Arms-Control Treaty Is Set to Die, Russia Threatens to Target U.S. with New Nukes," 20 Feb. 2019 But Amazon has forever changed consumer behavior, and those that have failed to evolve are in bankruptcy or on the brink. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Summer’s over! These are the big stories we’re following.," 4 Sep. 2018 At a meeting Thursday, the bloc was on the brink of agreeing to recognize the interim presidency of Juan Guaidó this weekend but Italy barred the move, according to several European diplomats. ... Laurence Norman, WSJ, "EU Struggles to Reach United Response to Venezuelan Crisis," 1 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of brink

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for brink

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

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Kids Definition of brink

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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