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peak

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noun \ˈpēk\

Definition of peak

  1. 1 :  a pointed or projecting part of a garment; especially :  the visor of a cap or hat <The cap's peak shades his eyes.>

  2. 2 :  promontory <a steep rocky peak>

  3. 3 :  a sharp or pointed end <the peak of a roof>

  4. 4a (1) :  the top of a hill or mountain ending in a point <the fog hung … heavily on the peak of the hill — H. D. Skidmore> (2) :  a prominent mountain usually having a well-defined summitb :  something resembling a mountain peak <Beat the cream until it forms stiff peaks.>

  5. 5a :  the upper aftermost corner of a fore-and-aft sailb :  the narrow part of a ship's bow or stern or the part of the hold in it

  6. 6a :  the highest level or greatest degree <a singer at the peak of her popularity>b :  a high point in a course of development especially as represented on a graph <The graph shows that murders in the city reached a peak two years ago.>

  7. 7 :  widow's peak

Examples of peak in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of peak

perhaps alteration of pike


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of peak

summit, peak, pinnacle, climax, apex, acme, culmination mean the highest point attained or attainable. summit implies the topmost level attainable <at the summit of the Victorian social scene>. peak suggests the highest among other high points <an artist working at the peak of her powers>. pinnacle suggests a dizzying and often insecure height <the pinnacle of worldly success>. climax implies the highest point in an ascending series <the war was the climax to a series of hostile actions>. apex implies the point where all ascending lines converge <the apex of Dutch culture>. acme implies a level of quality representing the perfection of a thing <a statue that was once deemed the acme of beauty>. culmination suggests the outcome of a growth or development representing an attained objective <the culmination of years of effort>.

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peak

verb

Definition of peak

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to reach a maximum (as of capacity, value, or activity) —often used with out

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to cause to come to a peak, point, or maximum

Origin and Etymology of peak

see 1peak


First Known Use: 1887


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peak

adjective

Definition of peak

  1. :  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 in a sentence

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

  2. the peak season for fishing

Origin and Etymology of peak

see 1peak


First Known Use: 1903


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peak

verb

Definition of peak

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to grow thin or sickly

  3. 2 :  to dwindle away

Origin and Etymology of peak

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1605


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peak

verb

Definition of peak

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to set (as a gaff) nearer the perpendicular

  3. 2 :  to hold (oars) with blades well raised

Origin and Etymology of peak

from apeak held vertically


First Known Use: 1626



PEAK Defined for English Language Learners

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peak

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noun \ˈpēk\

Definition of peak for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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peak

adjective

Definition of peak for English Language Learners

  • : at the highest point or level

  • : filled with the most activity


PEAK Defined for Kids

peak

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noun \ˈpēk\

Definition of peak for Students

  1. 1 :  a prominent mountain <We saw a snowy peak rising from the plain.>

  2. 2 :  the pointed top of a hill or mountain <I climbed all the way to the peak.>

  3. 3 :  a sharp or pointed end <The roof rises to a peak.>

  4. 4 :  the highest point of development <He is at the peak of his career.>



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