high noon


Definition of high noon

1 : precisely noon
2 : the most advanced, flourishing, or creative stage or period the high noon of her career
3 : the time of a decisive confrontation or contest

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Examples of high noon in a Sentence

The duel was to take place at high noon. We are approaching high noon of the election campaign. the high noon of her career
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Recent Examples on the Web At college authorities for allowing all three forces to converge like a bloody high noon. Paula Schleis, cincinnati.com, "'An affront to Americans everywhere:' The world watches investigation after Kent State shootings," 5 May 2020 Originally, the sun was the main means of timekeeping, with its broad settings of dawn, high noon and dusk. Time, "The Day Clocks Changed Across America: What Happened When the U.S. Adopted Standardized Time," 18 Nov. 2019 Now, scientists analyzing data from those journeys have discovered what may trigger them: the angle of the high noon Sun—which changes over time and as one moves closer to the equator. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: Breakthrough of the Year, 6000-year-old chewing gum, and a monarch mystery solved," 20 Dec. 2019 Deer Park will open the bracket competition against Richardson JJ Pearce in a high noon showdown at Phillips Field House in Pasadena Friday. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park headed to Division II Gold bracket after 57-38 triumph," 21 Nov. 2019 Before the creation of standardized time, many cities had their own local times based on the position of the sun at high noon. Time, "The Day Clocks Changed Across America: What Happened When the U.S. Adopted Standardized Time," 18 Nov. 2019 At high noon throughout the world, hundreds of others — people probably much like those gathered in San Antonio — were part of a virtual 24-hour global prayer meeting. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio joined Compassionate and Sister Cities in prayer and in tears," 13 Aug. 2019 Celebrating the light At high noon on the summer solstice, the sun appears at its highest point in the sky—its most directly overhead position—in the Northern Hemisphere. National Geographic, "Summer solstice traditions from around the world," 20 June 2019 Lighting can be tricky; photos shot at high noon tend, for instance, to have too much harsh light. Los Angeles Times, "Submit your summer vacation photos for our reader issue here," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of high noon

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“High noon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20noon. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of high noon

somewhat old-fashioned : exactly noon
: the time when a fight or contest will happen or be decided
: the most important or active time of something

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