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Definitions of pinnacle

  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. set on or as if on a pinnacle; " pinnacle a pediment"
  3. ( architecture) a slender upright spire at the top of a buttress of tower
  4. a lofty peak
  5. raise on or as if on a pinnacle; " He did not want to be pinnacled"
  6. surmount with a pinnacle; " pinnacle a pediment"
  7. An architectural member, upright, and generally ending in a small spire, -- used to finish a buttress, to constitute a part in a proportion, as where pinnacles flank a gable or spire, and the like. Pinnacles may be considered primarily as added weight, where it is necessary to resist the thrust of an arch, etc.
  8. Anything resembling a pinnacle; a lofty peak; a pointed summit.
  9. To build or furnish with a pinnacle or pinnacles.
  10. A small tower or turret above the rest of a building; a high point like a spire; the highest point; as, the pinnacle of fame.
  11. A slender turret: a high point like a spire.
  12. To build with pinnacles.
  13. A pointed turret; lofty summit.
  14. A small turret; topmost point.
  15. A slender- pointed tower on the top of a building; a sharp pointed top.
  16. A slender turret elevated above the main building; the highest point or part of a building.
  17. To furnish with pinnacles.
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Usage examples for pinnacle

  1. If so, the aim is missed: for, as majesty, fallen from the pinnacle of power, becomes more interesting, so do ruins inspire greater veneration than the most pompous structure, towering in the splendour of its perfection. – Paris As It Was and As It Is by Francis W. Blagdon
  2. All the west was one great blazing field of red and gold, and the sun was low on the broad water's edge, while behind us the fair city of Antwerp lit sparkling lights in all her windows, and the old Cathedral rose high into the sunlight, with the Belgian banner fluttering from a pinnacle and that is how I shall always see Antwerp, fair, and stately, and sun- wreathed, as she was that golden September afternoon. – A Woman's Experience in the Great War by Louise Mack
  3. Telamonian Ajax first slew a man, the companion of Sarpedon, magnanimous Epicles, striking him with a rugged stone, which, mighty in size, lay highest up against a pinnacle within the wall. – The Iliad of Homer (1873) by Homer
  4. In a moment, in one moment he had fallen from the height of favor and the pinnacle of influence, and disowned and defeated, he could hardly take in the mischance that had befallen him. – Ovington's Bank by Stanley J. Weyman
  5. O ye gifted ones, follow your calling, for, however various your talents may be, ye can have but one calling capable of leading ye to eminence and renown; follow resolutely the one straight path before you, it is that of your good angel, let neither obstacles nor temptations induce ye to leave it; bound along if you can; if not, on hands and knees follow it, perish in it, if needful; but ye need not fear that; no one ever yet died in the true path of his calling before he had attained the pinnacle – Lavengro The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest by George Borrow
  6. Off it went to the pinnacle of the rock from whence it had descended, and there began tearing its prey, which, happily, it soon must have put out of pain. – In the Wilds of Africa by W.H.G. Kingston
  7. Thus the London Irish raised themselves on the pinnacle of a notable and conspicuous triumph. – The Irish at the Front by Michael MacDonagh
  8. Yet they were below the crest of our lofty pinnacle where our storm- beaten band of horses, steaming in moisture, stood darkly outlined against the pale mists. – Among the Canadian Alps by Lawrence J. Burpee
  9. The loss of life was inconsiderable, and in prestige the soldiery of New France now stood on a pinnacle which they had never before attained. – The Fighting Governor A Chronicle of Frontenac by Charles W. Colby Edited by George M. Wrong and H. H. Langton
  10. She gave free reign to her imagination and already saw herself upon some pinnacle – The Comedienne by Wladyslaw Reymont
  11. High above her head, upon a pinnacle of rock, a man stood, gazing at the scene; at his side a little child of some four or five years old, whose frantic glee seemed perilous in such a place, while his wild accents drew many an upward glance from those below, as he cried- " See, Nony, see! – St. Patrick's Eve by Charles James Lever
  12. After he reached the pinnacle he held the job for a mere five years, then routinely left. – The Samurai Strategy by Thomas Hoover
  13. And when an eclipse occurs they say that the sun and moon have gone behind a pinnacle or tower of the heavens. – The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India Volume II by R. V. Russell
  14. And so I would say to any one who thinks he stands on some lofty pinnacle and scents danger to the family tie, or church, or state, or society, because of the existence of secret orders, that he thinks and talks of something he knows nothing about. – The Jericho Road by W. Bion Adkins
  15. When the dawn came, however, their search was rewarded, for there, set upon a pinnacle of the Abbey church, and staring straight into the window of his Lordship's sleeping- room, from which it was but a few yards distant, was the dreadful head of Andrew Woods! – The Lady Of Blossholme by H. Rider Haggard
  16. This elegant, carpeted salesroom of the 1870s, with fashionable ladies and gentlemen scanning the latest model sewing machines, reflects the pinnacle reached by the new industry in just a few decades. – The Invention of the Sewing Machine by Grace Rogers Cooper
  17. St. James the Less was thrown from a pinnacle or wing of the temple and then beaten to death with a fuller's club. – One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed by C. A. Bogardus
  18. This is a fair sample of the way this game went on establishing a position of moral superiority for Mr. Pellew and his partner, who looked down on the irregularities of their opponents from a pinnacle of True Whist. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  19. The signal fire which he meant to build on the bald crest of Pinnacle Rock, would send out a flare visible to three states. – When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry by Charles Neville Buck
  20. Romance, too, follows the Hinchinbrook pinnacle – The Confessions of a Beachcomber by E J Banfield
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