Definitions of peak

  1. 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"
  2. the highest point ( of something); " at the peak of the pyramid"
  3. a brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes; " he pulled down the bill of his cap and trudged ahead"
  4. the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
  5. consisting of or causing a climax; " a peak experience"
  6. the top point of a mountain or hill; " the view from the peak was magnificent"; " they clambered to the summit of Monadnock"
  7. the most extreme possible amount or value; " voltage peak"
  8. approaching or constituting a maximum; " maximal temperature"; " maximum speed"; " working at peak efficiency"
  9. a V shape; " the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points"
  10. of a period of maximal use or demand or activity; " at peak hours the streets traffic is unbelievable"
  11. to reach the highest point; attain maximum intensity, activity; " That wild, speculative spirit peaked in 1929"
  12. A point; the sharp end or top of anything that terminates in a point; as, the peak, or front, of a cap.
  13. 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.
  14. The narrow part of a vessel's bow, or the hold within it.
  15. The extremity of an anchor fluke; the bill.
  16. To rise or extend into a peak or point; to form, or appear as, a peak.
  17. To acquire sharpness of figure or features; hence, to look thin or sicky.
  18. To pry; to peep slyly.
  19. 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.
  20. 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 of Teneriffe.
  21. The upper aftermost corner of a fore- and- aft sail; - used in many combinations; as, peak- halyards, peak- brails, etc.
  22. The sharp- pointed summit of a mountain or hill; a mountain standing alone; a pointed end of anything; as, the peak of a roof; the extended front of a cap; the upper outer corner of an extended sail.
  23. To grow pale and wan.
  24. A point: the pointed end of anything: the top of a mountain: ( naut.) the upper outer corner of a sail extended by a gaff or yard, also the extremity of the gaff.
  25. Pointed end of anything; sharp top of a mountain.
  26. A point or edge.
  27. A mountain summit.
  28. The top of a hill ending in a point; the end of anything terminating in a point; the end of a yard or gaff, or the upper corner of a sail extended by it.
  29. To raise a yard obliquely to the mast.
  30. To look sickly or thin.
  31. The top ridge or jutting part of a hill or mountain; the rising front part of a thing, terminating somewhat like a point; the upper, outer corner of an extended sail; a point.
  32. To raise more obliquely.

Usage examples for peak

  1. The country is full of pagodas; you see them on every peak, on every ridge along the river. – The Soul of a People by H. Fielding
  2. Its crest, wrapped at all seasons in a mantle of snow and ice, is the sharpest peak of Norway; its proximity to the pole produces, at the height of eighteen hundred feet, a degree of cold equal to that of the highest mountains of the globe. – Seraphita by Honore de Balzac
  3. We had started very early that morning, I remember, trying to gain a peak somewhat hard of access. – The Boy With the U. S. Survey by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  4. In 1820 Colonel Long named a peak in memory of his explorations. – Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska by Charles Warren Stoddard
  5. He then made his way into the fore- peak. – The Three Lieutenants by W.H.G. Kingston
  6. Perhaps, on the contrary, gradually approaching her surface, it might come into contact at any moment with some sharp invisible peak of the Lunar mountains- a catastrophe sure to put a sudden end to the trip, and the travellers too. – All Around the Moon by Jules Verne
  7. Lead me to this said mountain with the seventy- dollar job holding down the peak. – The Lookout Man by B. M. Bower
  8. Jason, the big peak there has never been climbed, has it? – The Planet Savers by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  9. The eastern peak was crowned by a forest of immense pines. – The Physiology of Taste by Brillat Savarin
  10. " The peak is certainly sinking," said De Beauxchamps at last. – The Second Deluge by Garrett P. Serviss
  11. Having learned from their companions that the Stars and Bars were to be hoisted at her peak on the following morning, they did not want to have anything to do with her. – Marcy The Blockade Runner by Harry Castlemon
  12. Then, after closing the door and barring it, he lifted the peak of his cap, removed the scarf from his neck, glanced around the interior of the cabin and looked coldly at the men. – The Trail Horde by Charles Alden Seltzer
  13. " I am," he said, " but your hair looks like it is painted on, the way it comes down to that smooth little peak in front. – Star-Dust A Story of an American Girl by Fannie Hurst
  14. Jack looked up to see a thick cloud of white smoke floating slowly away from the side of the steamer, and to take note of the fact that a peculiar looking flag floated from her peak. – Marcy The Blockade Runner by Harry Castlemon
  15. Then he saw movement among the rocks higher up, and a low cry of understanding broke from his lips as he made out Iskwao climbing steadily toward the ragged peak. – The Grizzly King by James Oliver Curwood
  16. Of course there is Lassen Peak in California- the exception, as we say, which proves the rule. – The Book of the National Parks by Robert Sterling Yard
  17. There stood the peak of a lofty mountain covered with newly- fallen snow, shining white and beautiful in the sun's clear beams. – Scenes in the Hawaiian Islands and California by Mary Evarts Anderson
  18. On the contrary, we saw the peak to our left. – Unexplored! by Allen Chaffee
  19. Towards this mountain- peak the youth is looking with ardent eyes; one feels sure that his hopes are there, and that sooner or later he will reach the golden country beyond. – The Old Stone House by Anne March
  20. Graslin immediately bought other lands in order to make himself master of the first peak in the chain of the Correzan mountains on which the vast forest of Montegnac ended. – The Village Rector by Honore de Balzac