Precious metals, the uncommon and highly valuable metals, esp. gold and silver.Precious stones, gems; jewels.

(Pre"cious*ly), adv. In a precious manner; expensively; extremely; dearly. Also used ironically.

(Pre"cious*ness), n. The quality or state of being precious; costliness; dearness.

(Prec"i*pe) n. (Law) See Præcipe, and Precept.

(Prec"i*pice) n. [F. précipice, L. praecipitium, fr. praeceps, -cipitis, headlong; prae before + caput, capitis, the head. See Pre-, and Chief.]

1. A sudden or headlong fall. [Obs.] Fuller.

2. A headlong steep; a very steep, perpendicular, or overhanging place; an abrupt declivity; a cliff.

Where wealth like fruit on precipices grew.

(Pre*cip"i*ent) a. [L. praecipiens, p. pr. See Precept.] Commanding; directing.

Precessional to Preconscious

(Pre*ces"sion*al) a. Of or pertaining to pression; as, the precessional movement of the equinoxes.

(Pre*ces"sor) n. [L. praecessor.] A predecessor. [Obs.] Fuller.

(Pre"cinct) n. [LL. praecinctum, fr. L. praecingere, praecinctum, to gird about, to encompass; prae before + cingere to gird, surround. See Pre-, and Cincture.]

1. The limit or exterior line encompassing a place; a boundary; a confine; limit of jurisdiction or authority; — often in the plural; as, the precincts of a state. "The precincts of light." Milton.

2. A district within certain boundaries; a minor territorial or jurisdictional division; as, an election precinct; a school precinct.

3. A parish or prescribed territory attached to a church, and taxed for its support. [U.S.]

The parish, or precinct, shall proceed to a new choice.
Laws of Massachusetts.

(Pre`ci*os"i*ty) n. Preciousness; something precious. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.

(Pre"cious) a. [OF. precious, precius, precios, F. précieux, L. pretiosus, fr. pretium price, worth, value. See Price.]

1. Of great price; costly; as, a precious stone. "The precious bane." Milton.

2. Of great value or worth; very valuable; highly esteemed; dear; beloved; as, precious recollections.

She is more precious than rules.
Prov. iii. 15.

Many things which are most precious are neglected only because the value of them lieth hid.

Also used ironically; as, a precious rascal.

3. Particular; fastidious; overnice. [Obs.]

Lest that precious folk be with me wroth.

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