Definitions and samples

  • brink (n.) the extreme edge of land before a steep slope or a body of water


- Extreme stress had driven him to the brink of a nervous breakdown.

  • chronology (n.) the study of records to establish the dates of past events


- the novel abandons the conventions of normal chronology.

  • conscientious (adj.) wishing to do what is right; relating to a person's conscience


- She has always been a very conscientious worker.

  • disperse (v.) to go or move in different directions: to spread apart


- When the rain came down the crowds started to disperse.

  • precipitous (adj.) dangerously high or steep


- Over the past 18 months, there has been a precipitous fall in car sales.