[z_ˈɛ_n_ɪ_θ], [zˈɛnɪθ], [zˈɛnɪθ]

Definitions of zenith:

  1.   That point in the visible celestial hemisphere which is vertical to the spectator; the point of the heavens directly overhead; - opposed to nadir.
  2.   That point in the visible celestial hemisphere which is vertical to the spectator, and from which a direct perpendicular line, passing through the spectator, would proceed to the centre of the earth; opposed to nadir. Zenith- distance, the distance of a celestial body from the zenith. Zenith- sector, an astronomical instrument for measuring with great accuracy the distances from the zenith of stars which pass near that point.
  3.   The point in the celestial sphere that is exactly overhead.
  4.   The top of the heavens; the point in the heavens directly over a spectator's head- the nadir being the point directly opposite, or that under a spectator's feet; the highest or culminating point of any subject reffered to.
  5.   Point of the heavens directly overhead: greatest height.
  6.   the point above the observer that is directly opposite the nadir on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected
  7.   The culminating- point, as of prosperity.
  8.   hence, figuratively, the point of culmination; the greatest height; the height of success or prosperity.
  9.   The point in the heavens directly overhead: opposite to nadir; greatest height; summit.
  10.   The point of the heavens directly overhead: greatest height.

Antonyms for zenith:

basement, zero, foot, underpart, nadir, rock bottom, underbody, minimum, bottom, underbelly, undersurface, abyss, base, depth, bedrock, underside.

Quotes for zenith:

  1. American power worldwide is at its historic zenith – Zbigniew Brzezinski
  2. I think one of the reasons people quit is because they're afraid they won't be able to get better and better; that they have to come to a zenith of some kind. – Conrad Hall
  3. For in the works of Robert Burns we see the whole cosmos of man's experience and emotion, from zenith to nadir, from birth until death. – Len G. Murray

Usage examples for zenith:

  1. This he observed very carefully at different seasons of the year by means of an instrument specially adapted for zenith observations, viz. ” – Pioneers of Science by Oliver Lodge
  2. There were two distinct heads, already widely separated, but each, it seemed to me, as brilliant as the original one had been, and each supplied with a vast plume of fire a hundred degrees in length, and consequently stretching far past the zenith – The Second Deluge by Garrett P. Serviss
  3. He made again that gesture which I had already observed; he raised one defiant arm toward the zenith – The Master of the World by Jules Verne
  4. The rose- light had spread over the horizon and climbed almost to the zenith and with the dying booming and gentle clangor it began to fade till all was dark again. ” – The Land of the Changing Sun by William N. Harben
  5. We are at the zenith – On the Future of our Educational Institutions by Friedrich Nietzsche
  6. The star shone in the zenith with a marvellous brilliancy. ” – Balthasar And Other Works - 1909 by Anatole France
  7. The aurora played and flickered and surged upward toward the zenith while through it the pale stars shone. ” – The Ice Pilot by Henry Leverage
  8. “ " But you forget," said Zenith that Mona herself will be here to sing for him." ” – Daybreak: A Romance of an Old World by James Cowan
  9. It is history's zenith hour. ” – The Created Legend by Feodor Sologub
  10. He was now at the zenith of his fame and the greatest man of his age, as Theopompus truly observes; yet he had more reason to be proud of his virtue than of his power. ” – Plutarch's Lives Volume III. by Plutarch
  11. They should remember that Rome claims never to change, that what she was in Europe when in the zenith of her power, she will be here when fairly installed, and has ability to enforce her commands. ” – Life in the Grey Nunnery at Montreal by Sarah J Richardson
  12. It would have told how in his later years new stars had risen for the adventurer in the voyage of life, while many of the planets that were in their zenith in his youth have suffered decline. ” – The Adventure of Living by John St. Loe Strachey
  13. The short- lived sun of winter soon passed its zenith and began to decline towards its early couch in the west, but still the sleeper lay motionless like a log. ” – The Big Otter by R.M. Ballantyne
  14. “ I had seen her there before, but never dared approach her; and now I divided my time between watching her and a dense black cloud which had appeared in the west, and was fast approaching the zenith – Homestead on the Hillside by Mary Jane Holmes
  15. They struck out, they swam to the middle of the pool, they turned upon their backs and looked up to the blue zenith then, turning again, with strong arm strokes they sent the wave over each other. ” – Foes by Mary Johnston
  16. Yes, the morning is dawning, and the nations are awaking; Napoleon has already passed the zenith of his glory; his star does not now dazzle mankind; they have commenced to doubt the stability of his power. ” – NAPOLEON AND BLUCHER by L. Muhlbach
  17. “ Clouds were piling gray and castle- like from the east up toward the zenith and dark fragments kept tearing off the edges and spinning away across the sky. ” – The Coast of Chance by Esther Chamberlain Lucia Chamberlain
  18. “ Spires of splendid colour flamed to the zenith the whole east burned with crimson and glowed with gold, and from that far, mystical arc of heaven and earth, a javelin of molten light leaped to the farthest hill. ” – Flower of the Dusk by Myrtle Reed
  19. The military crisis is perhaps at an end; the economic crisis is visibly at its zenith but the intellectual crisis- it is with difficulty that we can seize its true centre, its exact phase. ” – The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy by Theodore Lothrop Stoddard
  20. Next morning long before the sun had reached the zenith they had set sail for Tsomass land. ” – Indian Legends of Vancouver Island by Alfred Carmichael

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