What does brink mean?

brink meaning in General Dictionary

The side margin or edge of a steep location by a precipice a bank or edge at the time of a river or pit a verge a border as brink of a chasm Also Fig

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  • an area establishing a boundary
  • the edge of a steep location
  • the limitation beyond which some thing takes place or changes
  • The edge, margin, or border of a steep destination, since a precipice; a lender or edge, as of a river or pit; a verge; an edge; because, the brink of a chasm. Also Fig.

brink meaning in Etymology Dictionary

early 13c., from center Low German verge "edge," or Danish verge "steepness, coast, bank, grassy advantage," from Proto-Germanic *brenkon, probably from PIE *bhreng-, variation of root *bhren- "project, advantage" (cognates: Lithuanian brinkti "to swell").

brink meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) The edge, margin, or edge of a steep place, since a precipice; a bank or advantage, since a river or gap; a verge; a border; because, the verge of a chasm. In addition Fig.

Sentence Examples with the word brink

His head slammed against something hard and he lay there, momentarily stunned to the brink of unconsciousness before turning slowly to his side and opening his eyes.

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