Definitions for: Peak


[n] a brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes; "he pulled down the bill of his cap and trudged ahead"
[n] the top point of a mountain or hill; "the view from the peak was magnificent"; "they clambered to the summit of Monadnock"
[n] the highest point (of something); "at the peak of the pyramid"
[n] the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
[n] the most extreme possible amount or value; "voltage peak"
[n] a V shape; "the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points"
[n] the highest level or degree attainable; "his landscapes were deemed the acme of beauty"; "the artist's gifts are at their acme"; "at the height of her career"; "the peak of perfection"; "summer was at its peak"; "...catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of fame"; "the summit of his ambition"; "so many highest superlatives achieved by man"; "at the top of his profession"
[adj] of a period of maximal use or demand or activity; "at peak hours the streets traffic is unbelievable"
[v] to reach the highest point; attain maximum intensity, activity; "That wild, speculative spirit peaked in 1929."



Webster (1913) Definition: Peak, n. [OE. pek, AS. peac, perh of Celtic origin; cf.
Ir. peac a sharp-pointed thing. Cf. Pike.]
1. A point; the sharp end or top of anything that terminates
in a point; as, the peak, or front, of a cap. ``Run your
beard into a peak.'' --Beau. & Fl.

2. The top, or one of the tops, of a hill, mountain, or
range, ending in a point; often, the whole hill or
mountain, esp. when isolated; as, the Peak of Teneriffe.

Silent upon a peak in Darien. --Keats.

3. (Naut.)
(a) The upper aftermost corner of a fore-and-aft sail; --
used in many combinations; as, peak-halyards,
peak-brails, etc.
(b) The narrow part of a vessel's bow, or the hold within
it.
(c) The extremity of an anchor fluke; the bill. [In the
last sense written also pea and pee.]

Fore peak. (Naut.) See under Fore.


Peak, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Peaked; p. pr. & vb. n.
Peaking.]
1. To rise or extend into a peak or point; to form, or appear
as, a peak.

There peaketh up a mighty high mount. --Holand.

2. To acquire sharpness of figure or features; hence, to look
thin or sicky. ``Dwindle, peak, and pine.'' --Shak.

3. [Cf. Peek.] To pry; to peep slyly. --Shak.

Peak arch (Arch.), a pointed or Gothic arch.


Peak, v. t. (Naut.)
To raise to a position perpendicular, or more nearly so; as,
to peak oars, to hold them upright; to peak a gaff or yard,
to set it nearer the perpendicular.

Synonyms: acme, acme, apex, bill, bloom, blossom, crest, crown, efflorescence, elevation, extremum, eyeshade, flower, flush, height, heyday, high-season, peak-seaason, pinnacle, point, prime, reach a peak, summit, summit, superlative, tip, tip, top, top, vertex, visor, vizor

Antonyms: off-peak

See Also: alpenstock, arise, arrive at, arrowhead, attain, baseball cap, blade, brand, brim, brow, come up, cone, cone shape, conoid, convex shape, convexity, crest, cusp, degree, extreme, extreme point, extremum, gain, go up, golf cap, head, hilltop, hit, jockey cap, kepi, knife, level, lift, limit, limitation, lower limit, make, maximum, minimum, mountain peak, move up, peaked cap, pencil, period, period of time, pinnacle, place, point, reach, rise, roof peak, service cap, spot, stage, steel, sword, time period, topographic point, upper limit, uprise, widow's peak, yachting cap

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