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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
The perception of impropriety reached its zenith two years ago, when a lackluster Mexico team – the biggest draw at the gate – reached the final only after a series of phantom penalty kicks awarded suspiciously late in games.
That's one of the rules that creates Star Trek's idea of the future, where humanity has reached its zenith to explore the reaches of space.
Along the Tropic of Cancer (23.5° north latitude), the sun appears at zenith –
Watergate is often seen as the zenith of modern political scandal.
Helmut Kohl, the long-serving former chancellor whose life in the political limelight spanned the joyous zenith of German reunification and the shattering nadir of a corruption scandal, died Friday at his home in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
Just south of Hannagan Meadow, at about 9400 feet, the trail reaches its zenith, revealing its full breadth.
If Cannes is the pinnacle of the international film calendar, the Academy Awards is the zenith of Hollywood razzmatazz.
Confidence: Medium-High Monday and Tuesday look like the zenith of this heat wave.
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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
Middle English cenyth, senyth, from Middle French cenit, from Medieval Latin, from Old Spanish zenit, modification of Arabic samt (al-ra's) way (over one's head)
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.
ZENITH Defined for Kids
Definition of zenith for Students
1 : the point in the sky directly overhead
2 : the highest point or stage She was at the zenith of her career.
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