- the edge or margin of a steep place or of land bordering water.
- any extreme edge; verge.
- a crucial or critical point, especially of a situation or state beyond which success or catastrophe occurs: We were on the brink of war.
- the edge, border, or verge of a steep placethe brink of the precipice
- the highest point; topthe sun fell below the brink of the hill
- the land at the edge of a body of water
- the verge of an event or statethe brink of disaster
early 13c., from Middle Low German brink “edge,” or Danish brink “steepness, shore, bank, grassy edge,” from Proto-Germanic *brenkon, probably from PIE *bhreng-, variant of root *bhren- “project, edge” (cf. Lithuanian brinkti “to swell”).