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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
Fifty years ago, The Beatles gave birth to the pioneering opus that’s long been recognized as the psychedelic era’s creative zenith: Sgt.
The unlikely phenomenon reached its zenith when Future released a pair of chart-topping albums in consecutive weeks in February.
Some spectators even ended up shot when bullets that were fired into the sky reached their zenith then hurtled back at the head of the person who had fired it at 32 feet per second per second.
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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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