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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
This weekend will be another story, with a very dangerous combination of heat, high humidity and abundant sunshine near its zenith, resulting in heat indexes well in excess of 100 degrees likely.
But when that zenith lies over North Korea, where the Kim clan is apotheosized as supernatural beings, leadership brings booming isolation.
The Spec-Tater represents man’s zenith in this regard, and maybe also his nadir.
Notably, 25 of the 28 titles achieved the feat between 1993 and 2000, arguably during the R&B genre’s zenith in widespread popularity.
But at their zeniths the East India Company, US Steel and AT&T made ROES of only about 10%, and IBM managed about 20%.
And just now may be the high tide, the zenith, of construction projects.
In terms of animation, Wall-E operates as a zenith in the same way that 2001 did, and suggests that what comes after its release should be a similar revolution in animation.
The celebration reached its zenith as the fifth graders came through, with parents, staff and younger students in the hall and at the front entrance, cheering, blowing noisemakers and shaking the pom-poms.
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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.
ZENITH Defined for Kids
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