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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Brink  \Brink\,  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. 
 
  The  plashy  brink  of  weedy  lake.  --Bryant. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  brink 
  n  1:  a  region  marking  a  boundary  [syn:  {threshold},  {verge}] 
  2:  the  edge  of  a  steep  place 
  3:  the  limit  beyond  which  something  happens  or  changes;  "on  the 
  verge  of  tears";  "on  the  brink  of  bankruptcy"  [syn:  {verge}] 




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