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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brink, threshold, vergenoun

    a region marking a boundary

  2. brinknoun

    the edge of a steep place

  3. verge, brinknoun

    the limit beyond which something happens or changes

    "on the verge of tears"; "on the brink of bankruptcy"


  1. brinknoun

    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 used figuratively.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BRINKnoun

    The edge of any place, as of a precipice or a river.

    Etymology: brink, Danish.

    Th’amazed flames stand gather’d in a heap,
    And from the precipice’s brink retire,
    Afraid to venture on so large a leap. John Dryden, Ann. Mirab.

    We stand therefore on the brinks and confines of those states at the day of doom. Francis Atterbury.

    So have I seen, from Severn’s brink,
    A flock of geese jump down together;
    Swim where the bird of Jove wou’d sink,
    And, swimming, never wet a feather. Jonathan Swift.


  1. brink

    Brink (stylized as BRINK) is a first-person shooter video game developed by Splash Damage and published by Bethesda Softworks for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in May 2011.In Brink, two factions, Resistance and Security, battle in a once-utopian city called The Ark, a floating city above the waters of a flooded Earth.Brink has Steamworks integration, including Valve Anti-Cheat. It runs on id Tech 4 and has an updated rendering framework with improved support for multiple CPU cores. Brink is a first-person shooter with a strong focus on parkour-style movement. Online multiplayer servers hold up to 16 players; players can play cooperatively or competitively, or against artificially-intelligent bots. The game received mixed or average reviews but was commercially successful. As of 2012, Brink had sold over 2.5 million copies and generated around $120–140 million in revenue. The PC version of Brink became free-to-play on 22 August 2017.


  1. brink

    Brink is defined as the edge or margin of a steep place or of land bordering water, typically indicating the point at which something is likely to happen, often a disaster or a catastrophe. It can also represent a critical point beyond which a specified condition, situation, or action is expected to begin or cease.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brinknoun

    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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Brink

    bringk, n. the edge or border of a steep place or of a river: (fig.) the very verge of time, at the very point of something—e.g. To be on the brink of death. [Dan. brink, declivity; Ice. bringa, a hillock.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BRINK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Brink is ranked #2989 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Brink surname appeared 11,982 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 would have the surname Brink.

    93.6% or 11,221 total occurrences were White.
    2.3% or 282 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 185 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1.3% or 167 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 87 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 40 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brink in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brink in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of brink in a Sentence

  1. Milos Raonic:

    He came up with the goods and definitely pushed me to the brink there where I was getting a little bit frustrated, i think I created a lot of chances and a few maybe I didn't take the way I would have liked but he also stepped up well on his chances.

  2. Mazen Issa:

    With European political drama retreating from the brink, the peak in the dollar index was likely observed at 95.

  3. Mario Moscatelli:

    That's the kind of thing our authorities are telling the population, when the reality is that we are on the brink of a huge disaster.

  4. Christine Reinolds Kozelle:

    One of the wonderful takeaways is that it has brought to light the resurgence of eagles, they were endangered and now they are coming back from the brink.

  5. Jonathan Ball:

    The fact that only one of 50 contacts of the initial monkeypox-infected patient has been infected shows how poorly infectious the virus is, it is wrong to think that we are on the brink of a nationwide outbreak.

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