crest

noun
\ ˈkrest How to pronounce crest (audio) \

Definition of crest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a showy tuft or process on the head of an animal and especially a bird — see bird illustration
b : the plume or identifying emblem worn on a knight's helmet also : the top of a helmet
c(1) : a heraldic representation of the crest
(2) : a heraldic device depicted above the escutcheon (see escutcheon sense 1) but not upon a helmet
d : a ridge or prominence on a part of an animal body
2 : something suggesting a crest especially in being an upper prominence, edge, or limit: such as
a : peak especially : the top line of a mountain or hill
b : the ridge of a roof
c : the top of a wave
3a : a high point of an action or process and especially of one that is rhythmic
b : climax, culmination at the crest of his fame

crest

verb
crested; cresting; crests

Definition of crest (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish with a crest also : crown
2 : to reach the crest of crested the hill and looked around

intransitive verb

: to rise to a crest waves cresting in the storm

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Other Words from crest

Noun

crestal \ ˈkre-​stᵊl How to pronounce crestal (audio) \ adjective
crestless \ ˈkrest-​ləs How to pronounce crestless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of crest in a Sentence

Noun

at that point the filmmaker was at the crest of his critical acclaim, which included winning an Oscar the hiking party reached the crest of the mountain just as it began to thunder

Verb

We crested the hill and looked out around us.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At Morgan City, the Atchafalaya is expected to crest at 9.5 feet during the third week of June, the third highest crest on record and the highest since May 2011. Mark Schleifstein, nola.com, "Morganza Spillway opening delayed, but tropical system may also threaten New Orleans," 3 June 2019 The original Yamato was the fusion of art and warfare, with an elaborate Shinto shrine and a golden Imperial chrysanthemum crest on her bow. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "The Millennium Falcon is OK, but these pop culture ships make Ars hearts race," 26 May 2018 To the extent that Passalacqua’s investment in the region lends more credibility to its wines, it can be seen as a highly visible crest on a wave that was already rising. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why is star winemaker Tegan Passalacqua building a winery in Lodi?," 20 May 2018 The Softail Slim bike has the Navy logo on its fuel tank and the USS Milwaukee crest on its front fender. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "USS Milwaukee-tribute Harley-Davidson up for auction in Las Vegas," 25 Jan. 2018 As England rode the crest of another World Cup wave in the summer of 1998 in France, the Three Lions would once more fall to the Damocles sword of the penalty shootout that year. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 5 Weeks to Go - Anatomy of a Goal: Michael Owen vs Argentina at France 1998," 20 May 2018 Upstream in Horry County, the floodwaters have invaded close to 1,000 homes near Conway as the Waccamaw River was slowly making its way to a crest a full 4 feet (1.2 meters) over its record level set just two years ago after Hurricane Matthew. Jeffrey Collins, Fox News, "After the hurricane comes the deluge on South Carolina coast," 25 Sep. 2018 Hogwarts-goers in the ‘20s also carried leather satchels stamped with the school crest that need to appear in my closet immediately. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Fantastic Beasts Costume Designer Says Hogwarts Robes Are Getting a MAJOR Upgrade in the New Movie," 23 Aug. 2018 From the East Bay: Take Highway 92 west over San Mateo Bridge, past I-280 to Crystal Springs and continue to the crest at Skyline and Highway 35. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sunday getaway to El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve," 20 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

About 52 miles of emergency levees were built in 2009 when the river crested at an all-time high of about 41 feet. Dave Kolpack, The Seattle Times, "As flood looms, North Dakota’s largest city back to bagging," 29 Mar. 2019 The Red River isn’t expected to crest until mid-April. Dave Kolpack, The Seattle Times, "As flood looms, North Dakota’s largest city back to bagging," 29 Mar. 2019 Firefighters set blazes at the bottom of hills in order to burn up the tinder-dry brush before flames cresting the ridge tops could feed on it and surge downhill. Marcio Jose Sanchez And Sudhin Thanawala, Fox News, "Northern California wildfire 9th most destructive in history," 31 July 2018 Part of the Cape Fear River is forecast to crest Saturday while the Waccamaw River at Conway, S.C., isn’t expected to crest until Tuesday or Wednesday next week , according to the National Weather Service. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Moody’s Pegs Florence’s Economic Cost at $38 Billion to $50 Billion," 21 Sep. 2018 Firefighters set blazes at the bottom of hills in order to burn up the tinder-dry brush before flames cresting the ridge tops could feed on it and surge downhill. Marcio Jose Sanchez And Sudhin Thanawala, Fox News, "Northern California wildfire 9th most destructive in history," 31 July 2018 Firefighters set blazes at the bottom of hills in order to burn up the tinder-dry brush before flames cresting the ridge tops could feed on it and surge downhill. Marcio Jose Sanchez, The Seattle Times, "Twin wildfires threatening 10,000 California homes," 30 July 2018 After cresting those hills, reward yourself with lunch at the Kiltie Drive-In. Travel Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two days to explore Oconomowoc," 10 June 2018 But as subway delays crested over the past couple of years and riders channeled their frustration through social media, more politicians began warming to the idea. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Unusual Alliance Leads Congestion-Pricing Movement," 21 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of crest

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for crest

Noun and Verb

Middle English creste, from Anglo-French, from Latin crista; probably akin to Latin crinis hair

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More Definitions for crest

crest

noun
\ ˈkrest How to pronounce crest (audio) \

Kids Definition of crest

1 : a showy growth (as of flesh or feathers) on the head of an animal
2 : the highest part or point of something the crest of the wave the crest of a hill
3 : an emblem or design used to represent a family, group, or organization

Other Words from crest

crested \ ˈkres-​təd \ adjective

crest

noun
\ ˈkrest How to pronounce crest (audio) \

Medical Definition of crest

1 : a showy tuft or process on the head of an animal and especially a bird
2 : a process or prominence on a part of an animal body: as
a : the upper curve or ridge of the neck of a quadruped (as a horse) also : the mane borne on such a crest
b : a ridge especially on a bone the crest of the tibia — see frontal crest, occipital crest

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