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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
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.
Lyndon Johnson took over the presidency at the zenith of both the nation’s prosperity and its global power.
My generation — the Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1965 — reached the zenith of its voting power 14 years ago, when George W. Bush beat John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election, and has been declining ever since.
For girls are taught that the zenith of our lives occurs when we are most deeply inhabited by another.
On the adjacent wall, a portrait of Shah Jahan, the emperor who brought about the zenith of Mughal architecture with his Taj Mahal, peeks out.
The World Cup of 1938 was the zenith, the year in which a side that had been carefully constructed over the best part of a decade played its most impressive football.
At its zenith, after the Gold Rush began but before the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, several thousand Chinese immigrants may have lived in this tiny mining town that today counts 235 residents.
Jammed with ripe fruit and overflowing with flavors of toffee, the Burmester 1952 is rich and intense — many years from its zenith.
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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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