PREC'IPICE, noun [Latin proecipitium, from proeceps, headlong; proe, forward, and ceps, for caput, head. See Chief.]
1. Strictly, a falling headlong; hence, a steep descent of land; a fall or descent of land, perpendicular or nearly so.
Where wealth, like fruit, on precipices grew.
2. A steep descent, in general.
In the breaking of the waves there is ever a precipice
Swift down the precipice of time it goes.