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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n brink the limit beyond which something happens or changes "on the verge of tears","on the brink of bankruptcy"
    • n brink the edge of a steep place
    • n brink a region marking a boundary
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The length of brink of the Canadian "Horseshoe" Falls located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada is 2600 feet
    • n Brink brĭṉk 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.""The brink of ruin.""The plashy brink of weedy lake."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n brink The edge, margin, or border of a steep place, as of a precipice or the bank of a river; verge; hence, close proximity: as, “the precipice's brink,”
    • n brink to be on the brink of ruin.
    • n brink Synonyms See rim.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Brink bringk the edge or border of a steep place or of a river:
    • n Brink bringk (fig.) the very verge of time, at the very point of something—e.g. To be on the brink of death.
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  • Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
    “One keeps forgetting old age up to the very brink of the grave.”
  • Edward Rowland Sill
    Edward Rowland Sill
    “At the punch-bowl's brink, let the thirsty think, what they say in Japan: first the man takes a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes the man!”
  • John Foster Dulles
    John Foster Dulles
    “The ability to get to the verge without getting into the war is the necessary art. If you try to run away from it, if you are scared to go to the brink, you are lost.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    “No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.”
  • Francis Quarles
    “Our God and Souldiers we alike adore,Evn at the Brink of danger; not before:After deliverance, both alike required;Our Gods forgotten, and our Souldiers slighted.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Dan. brink, edge, verge; akin to Sw. brink, declivity, hill, Icel. brekka,; cf. LG. brink, a grassy hill, W. bryn, hill, bryncyn, hillock
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dan. brink, declivity; Ice. bringa, a hillock.


In literature:

Marian felt herself on the brink of the tomb, and its icy touch was perceptible through every part of her frame.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
Rolling the knapsack up into a ball and tying it securely, he threw it over the brink.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
Down on her knees at the fountain's brink, her curls almost touching the water, she was sailing boats made of hollyhock petals.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
At the brink of the bluff she peered over into the shadow below.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
The great chasm yawned before us; another step, and we stood on the brink.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
It seemed to have moved along the brink of the precipice, nearer to us, and its whiteness had been somehow intensified.
"The Great White Queen" by William Le Queux
He stood at the brink of the chasm through which it ran.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
Already upon the opposite brink of the chasm!
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
He was, as it were, upon the brink of an abyss.
"Vagabondia" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
We stepped cautiously to the brink of the ledge and peered over.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
We stand on the brink of something terrible, and no one knows what the end may be.
"The Witch of Salem" by John R. Musick
He then allowed the camel to browse upon the brink of the stream, while he resigned himself, without care, to rest beneath the shade.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
Buildings were on the brink of toppling over.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
He felt that he was on the brink of a horrible danger.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
Pausing on the brink of this pool, the detectives glanced searchingly around, and heard the negro laughing amid the shrubbery.
"The Bradys Beyond Their Depth" by Anonymous
On windy days the Upper Fall swings from the brink like a pendulum of silver and mist.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
Soon its end passed over the brink of the chasm, close by the edge of the black rock.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
It seemed as if with that word the last feeble support gave way, and then Roderick McRae's soul went down to the black brink of despair.
"The End of the Rainbow" by Marian Keith
So she went off one fine morning and found her near the brink of the pond.
"Dick and His Cat and Other Tales" by Various
Upon waking from his reverie, and turning to look behind him, Sprigg had found himself on the very brink of the declivity.
"The Red Moccasins" by Morrison Heady

In poetry:

Poet, ere you write me,
Stem the flowing ink;
Or that you indite me
Pause upon the brink.
"The Poem Speaks" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Streams where the duiker drink
In deep secret kloofs,
Stepping down to the brink
On slim delicate hoofs . . .
"The Casuarina Tree (Southern Rhodesia)" by Cicely Fox Smith
As in a living well I gaze,
Kneeling upon its brink:
What are the very words he says?
What did the one man think?
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
But the goodly company,
Walking in that path with me,
One by one the brink o'erslid,
One by one the darkness hid.
"My Dream" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Evermore of you I think,
When the leaves begin to fall,
Where our river breaks its brink,
And a rest is over all.
"Araluen" by Henry Kendall
Poor sinners! little do they think
With whom they have to do!
But stand securely on the brink
Of everlasting woe.
"Belshazzar" by John Newton

In news:

Arena rallies players after extremely shaky start to season, taking them from brink of elimination to Saturday's MLS Cup final.
Stevie's crystal meth addiction has brought his life to the brink of disaster.
The family-run Patton Group, which has been in business for 100 years and employs around 350 people, is on the brink of falling into the hands of administrators .
Twentysomethings on the brink of adulthood .
AFL on brink of folding.
On the brink of a shot at his first World Title, Joel Parkinson prepares for Hawaii.
With many airlines on the brink of bankruptcy and tourism down all across the country, Reno / Tahoe International Airport is bucking the trend.
What more do you want when the country is burning, gridlocked, and practicing ballet on the brink.
Once on the brink of extinction, wild turkeys — tougher, leaner and smarter than the birds mass-produced for Thanksgiving Day platters — are scratching, pecking and smashing plants, crops and lawns across Marin.
25 primate species near brink.
Maryland pushes Kentucky to brink.
As a veteran of two seasons, Anderson 's NBA minimum contract pays him a pro-rated $854,389, a figure that would push the team's player payroll to the brink of $70 million.
Olga Stefan appears to have brought Chicago Artists Coalition back from the brink, but one faction already wants her out.
View full size Benjamin Brink/The Oregonian Brian Cole listens to Steve and Jeni Mallory describe the pain of losing their daughter Heather just before he is sentenced for her murder.
Arroyo, Reds push Giants to brink of elimination.

In science:

In the rest of this section I recall from (Brink and Howlett, 1993) some basic facts about minimal roots.
Computation in Coxeter groups II. Minimal roots
As du Cloux first observed, one of the results from Brink’s thesis allows us to dispense entirely it.
Computation in Coxeter groups II. Minimal roots
The following was observed by Brink and Howlett, and used as an important part of their proof that the set of minimal roots is finite: 3.2.
Computation in Coxeter groups II. Minimal roots
It is Brink’s thesis that tells us that this apparent difficulty is spurious.
Computation in Coxeter groups II. Minimal roots
One of the important results of Brink’s thesis is that the apparent difficulties concerning mixed cyclotomy in the determination of the minimal roots are in fact spurious.
Computation in Coxeter groups II. Minimal roots
Brink’s nice idea is to track the computation of roots by looking at their support.
Computation in Coxeter groups II. Minimal roots
One of Brink’s good ideas is to focus on the coefficients of a minimal root which are equal to the minimum possible value 1.
Computation in Coxeter groups II. Minimal roots
Following Brink, I call a minimal root indecomposable if its unit support is contained in the boundary of its support.
Computation in Coxeter groups II. Minimal roots
Proposition. (Brink)(Composition) Let Θ be any connected, simply connected subset of S, T an arbitrary subset of Θ, Θi its T -components.
Computation in Coxeter groups II. Minimal roots
Relying strongly on Brink’s thesis, it works with two kinds of root, indecomposable and composite.
Computation in Coxeter groups II. Minimal roots
Brigitte Brink and Robert Howlett, ‘A finiteness property and an automatic structure for Coxeter groups’, Math.
Computation in Coxeter groups II. Minimal roots
One method, developed by Bonaccorso and Brink, is to solve the time-dependent Schr¨odinger equation after assuming that the relative motion between the pro jectile’s core and the target can be treated classically and approximated by a constant velocity path.
Reaction models to probe the structure of light exotic nuclei
For the galaxy IC 2574, I reanalyzed the HI data obtained by Walter & Brinks (1999), and deliberately varied the position of the center.
Dark Matter in Galaxies: Observational overview
Recycling intergalactic and interstel lar matter IAU Symposium Series, Vol. 217, 2004 Pierre-Alain Duc, Jonathan Braine and Elias Brinks, eds.
Flux ratio [Ne V] 14.3/24.3 as a test of collision strengths
Brink reported the first results from the cryogenic CDMS-II in the Soudan underground lab.
Summary of the XXXIX Rencontres de Moriond