peak

40 ENTRIES FOUND:

1peak

noun \ˈpēk\

: the pointed top of a mountain

: a tall mountain with a pointed or narrow top

: something that looks like a pointed top of a mountain

Full Definition of PEAK

1
:  a pointed or projecting part of a garment; especially :  the visor of a cap or hat
2
3
:  a sharp or pointed end
4
a (1) :  the top of a hill or mountain ending in a point (2) :  a prominent mountain usually having a well-defined summit
b :  something resembling a mountain peak
5
a :  the upper aftermost corner of a fore-and-aft sail
b :  the narrow part of a ship's bow or stern or the part of the hold in it
6
a :  the highest level or greatest degree
b :  a high point in a course of development especially as represented on a graph

Examples of PEAK

  1. a line of rocky peaks
  2. the peak of the roof
  3. The recipe says to beat the cream until it forms soft peaks.
  4. At her peak she was writing a new novel every year.
  5. Violence reached a peak just before the election.
  6. The graph shows that murders in the city declined from a peak of 173 in 2004.

Origin of PEAK

perhaps alteration of pike
First Known Use: 1530

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale

2peak

verb

Definition of PEAK

intransitive verb
:  to reach a maximum (as of capacity, value, or activity) —often used with out
transitive verb
:  to cause to come to a peak, point, or maximum

First Known Use of PEAK

1577

3peak

adjective

: at the highest point or level

: filled with the most activity

Full Definition of PEAK

:  being at or reaching the maximum <peak levels> <peak output>; also :  of, relating to, or being a period of maximum intensity or activity <peak business hours>

Examples of PEAK

  1. The factory has been running at peak capacity for the past year.
  2. the peak season for fishing

First Known Use of PEAK

1903

4peak

verb

Definition of PEAK

intransitive verb
1
:  to grow thin or sickly
2
:  to dwindle away

Origin of PEAK

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1605

5peak

verb

Definition of PEAK

transitive verb
1
:  to set (as a gaff) nearer the perpendicular
2
:  to hold (oars) with blades well raised

Origin of PEAK

from apeak held vertically
First Known Use: 1626

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