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Examples of zenith in a Sentence
at the zenith of her career as a dancer
Recent Examples of zenith from the Web
Nevertheless, my father had the privilege of seeing Muster at both his zenith and his nadir.
That said, the music industry is still a long way from its zenith.
The programming on that first Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam album was so on point, so at the zenith.
Her eclectic style has reached its zenith in her diminutive Canton rowhouse.
This was the zenith of the Patterson era when the Frogs went 25-1 in a two-year period, earned their first BCS bowl berth and went 13-0 and won the Rose Bowl in 2010.
Despite careening and failing politically, Navarro has risen to the zenith in another realm, as an economist.
Between 2012 and 2013, sketch comedy reached its cultural zenith.
After six months 15,000 machine tools had been replaced and 25,000 others rebuilt, so that the Rouge was ready to make the new Model A. At its zenith the factory employed 100,000 people.
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Reaching the zenith
When you reach the zenith, you're at the top, the pinnacle, the summit, the peak. Zenith developed from Arabic terms meaning "the way over one's head," and then traveled through Old Spanish, Medieval Latin, and Middle French before arriving in English. As long ago as the 1300s, English speakers used zenith to name the highest point in the celestial heavens, directly overhead. By the 1600s, zenith was being used for other high points as well. The celestial term is often contrasted with nadir, or the point that is vertically downward from the observer (imagine a line going through the earth from the observer's feet and out the other side into the sky). Figuratively, nadir simply means "the lowest point."
Origin and Etymology of zenith
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
ZENITH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of zenith for English Language Learners
: the strongest or most successful period of time
: the highest point reached in the sky by the sun, moon, etc.
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