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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 sixth inning was the zenith after Oriente led off with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch but never got home.
The World Cup elevates every emotion to it's zenith.
On the ARIA Albums Chart, Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys (Universal) returns to the zenith with a 5-1 climb, as his debut album Stoney improves 20-17.
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Don Blankenship could be on his way to becoming a study in how anti-establishment politics can backfire, even in the zenith of anti-establishment politics.
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.
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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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