Brink Brink (br[i^][ng]k), n. [Dan. brink edge, verge; akin to Sw. brink declivity, hill, Icel. brekka; cf. LG. brink a grassy hill, W. bryn hill, bryncyn hillock.] The edge, margin, or border of a steep place, as of a precipice; a bank or edge, as of a river or pit; a verge; a border; as, the brink of a chasm. Also Fig. ``The brink of vice.'' --Bp. Porteus. ``The brink of ruin.'' --Burke. [1913 Webster]

The plashy brink of weedy lake. --Bryant. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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