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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
That moment proved to be the zenith of both careers with the Mets.
Kennedy, 81, has been tight-lipped about his plans, and his clout as the court's swing vote is at its zenith.
At its zenith, 600 miners lived in this company town, eventually digging 70 miles of tunnels in the mountain above the mill.
From its zenith of 800,000 residents in 1950, the city’s population had fallen to about 760,000 by 1960.
At his commercial zenith, Michael Jackson gave platform to famed South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and dropped an all-Black music video set in ancient Egypt on MTV.
Americans started flooding the island on cruise ships and direct flights from the U.S. That opening reached its zenith in March 2016, when Obama visited Havana and spent three days with Raúl Castro.
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.
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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
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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