Definitions for: Crest


[n] a showy growth of e.g. feathers or skin on the head of a bird or other animal
[n] (heraldry) in medieval times, an emblem used to decorate a helmet
[n] the center of a cambered road
[n] the top line of a hill, mountain, or wave
[n] the top point of a mountain or hill; "the view from the peak was magnificent"; "they clambered to the summit of Monadnock"
[v] reach a high point; "The river crested last night"
[v] lie at the top of; "Snow capped the mountains"



Webster (1913) Definition: Crest (kr[e^]st), n. [OF. creste, F. cr[^e]te, L.
crista.]
1. A tuft, or other excrescence or natural ornament, growing
on an animal's head; the comb of a cock; the swelling on
the head of a serpent; the lengthened feathers of the
crown or nape of bird, etc. --Darwin.

[Attack] his rising crest, and drive the serpent
back. --C. Pitt.

2. The plume of feathers, or other decoration, worn on a
helmet; the distinctive ornament of a helmet, indicating
the rank of the wearer; hence, also, the helmet.

Stooping low his lofty crest. --Sir W.
Scott.

And on his head there stood upright A crest, in
token of a knight. --Gower.

3. (Her.) A bearing worn, not upon the shield, but usually
above it, or separately as an ornament for plate,
liveries, and the like. It is a relic of the ancient
cognizance. See Cognizance, 4.

4. The upper curve of a horse's neck.

Throwing the base thong from his bending crest.
--Shak.

5. The ridge or top of a wave.

Like wave with crest of sparkling foam. --Sir W.
Scott.

6. The summit of a hill or mountain ridge.

7. The helm or head, as typical of a high spirit; pride;
courage.

Now the time is come That France must vail her lofty
plumed crest. --Shak.

8. (Arch.) The ornamental finishing which surmounts the ridge
of a roof, canopy, etc.

The finials of gables and pinnacles are sometimes
called crests. --Parker.

9. (Engin.) The top line of a slope or embankment.

Crest tile, a tile made to cover the ridge of a roof,
fitting upon it like a saddle.

Interior crest (Fort.), the highest line of the parapet.


Crest, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Crested; p. pr. & vb. n.
Cresting.]
1. To furnish with, or surmount as, a crest; to serve as a
crest for.



His legs bestrid the ocean, his reared arm Crested the
world. --Shak.

Mid groves of clouds that crest the mountain's brow.
--Wordsworth.

2. To mark with lines or streaks, like, or regarded as like,
waving plumes.

Like as the shining sky in summer's night, . . . Is
crested with lines of fiery light. --Spenser.


Crest (kr[e^]st), v. i.
To form a crest.

Synonyms: cap, crown, crown, peak, summit, tip, top

See Also: appendage, arms, blazon, blazonry, brow, coat of arms, cockscomb, comb, coxcomb, emblem, hilltop, lie, line, mountain peak, outgrowth, peak, pinnacle, place, process, reach a peak, road, route, spot, top, top side, topknot, topographic point, tuft, upper side, upside

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