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Meaning of PRECIPITOUS

Pronunciation:  pri'sipitus

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  extremely steep; "an abrupt canyon"; "the precipitous rapids of the upper river"; "the precipitous hills of Chinese paintings"; "a sharp drop"
  2. [adj]  characterized by precipices; "a precipitous bluff"
 

PRECIPITOUS is a 11 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: abrupt, clifflike, cliffy, sharp, steep
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Pre*cip"i*tous\, a. [L. praeceps, -cipitis: cf. OF.
precipiteux. See {Precipice}.]
1. Steep, like a precipice; as, a precipitous cliff or
   mountain.

2. Headlong; as, precipitous fall.

3. Hasty; rash; quick; sudden; precipitate; as, precipitous
   attempts. --Sir T. Browne. ``Marian's low, precipitous
   `Hush!''' --Mrs. Browning. -- {Pre*cip"i*tous*ly}, adv. --
   {Pre*cip"i*tous*ness}, n.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: abrupt, accident-prone, acclivitous, arduous, bluff, bold, breakneck, breathless, careless, declivitous, desperate, devil-may-care, electrifying, furious, harum-scarum, hasty, headlong, hotheaded, hurried, impetuous, impulsive, mad, nerve-shattering, orthodiagonal, orthogonal, overeager, overenthusiastic, overzealous, panting, perpendicular, plumb, plunging, precipitant, precipitate, quick, rapid, rash, reckless, right-angle, right-angled, right-angular, rushing, sharp, sheer, shocking, sideling, slap-bang, slapdash, speedy, startling, steep, stickle, straight-up, straight-up-and-down, sudden, surprising, swift, unanticipated, unexpected, unforeseen, unlooked-for, unpredicted, up-and-down, vertical, wanton, wild
 

 

 

 

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