Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tapering, projecting point; a pointed extremity: the peak of a cap; the peak of a roof.
  • n. The pointed summit of a mountain.
  • n. The mountain itself.
  • n. The point of a beard.
  • n. A widow's peak.
  • n. The point of greatest development, value, or intensity: a novel written at the peak of the writer's career. See Synonyms at summit.
  • n. Physics The highest value attained by a varying quantity: a peak in current.
  • n. Nautical The narrow portion of a ship's hull at the bow or stern.
  • n. Nautical The upper after corner of a fore-and-aft sail.
  • n. Nautical The outermost end of a gaff.
  • transitive v. Nautical To raise (a gaff) above the horizontal.
  • transitive v. To bring to a maximum of development, value, or intensity.
  • intransitive v. To be formed into a peak or peaks: Beat the egg whites until they peak.
  • intransitive v. To achieve a maximum of development, value, or intensity: Sales tend to peak just before the holidays.
  • adj. Approaching or constituting the maximum: working at peak efficiency.
  • intransitive v. To become sickly, emaciated, or pale.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A point; the sharp end or top of anything that terminates in a point; as, the peak, or front, of a cap.
  • n. The highest value reached by some quantity in a time period.
  • n. The top, or one of the tops, of a hill, mountain, or range, ending in a point; often, the whole hill or mountain, especially when isolated; as, the Peak of Teneriffe.
  • n. The upper aftermost corner of a fore-and-aft sail; -- used in many combinations; as, peak-halyards, peak-brails, etc.
  • n. The narrow part of a vessel's bow, or the hold within it.
  • n. The extremity of an anchor fluke; the bill.
  • n. A local maximum of a function, e.g. for sine waves, each point at which the value of y is at its maximum.
  • v. To reach a highest degree or maximum.
  • v. To become sick or wan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A point; the sharp end or top of anything that terminates in a point.
  • n. The top, or one of the tops, of a hill, mountain, or range, ending in a point; often, the whole hill or mountain, esp. when isolated.
  • n.
  • n. The upper aftermost corner of a fore-and-aft sail; -- used in many combinations
  • n. The narrow part of a vessel's bow, or the hold within it.
  • n. The extremity of an anchor fluke; the bill.
  • intransitive v. To rise or extend into a peak or point; to form, or appear as, a peak.
  • intransitive v. To achieve a maximum of numerical value, intensity of activity, popularity, or other characteristic, followed by a decline.
  • intransitive v. To acquire sharpness of figure or features; hence, to look thin or sickly.
  • intransitive v. To pry; to peep slyly.
  • transitive v. To raise to a position perpendicular, or more nearly so

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To rise upward as a peak.
  • Nautical, to raise (a gaff) more obliquely to the mast.
  • To look sickly; be or become emaciated.
  • To make a mean figure; sneak.
  • An obsolete spelling of peek.
  • n. The maximum of a load-curve.
  • n. In mech., a heavy load; the heaviest load (on an engine or generator): so called because a peak or protruding point is formed in the line traced by the point of a recording dynamometer at the time of the heavy load or of a maximum load. See load, 8, and peak-load.
  • n. In turpentining, the angle formed by the meeting of the two streaks on the face.
  • n. [capitalized] A name applied to a village at one of the corners or extreme boundaries of a township: as, Derry Peak, on the eastern boundary of Derry.
  • Pertaining or relating to the high point in the diagram from a recording meter, due to a peak or heavy load. See peak, n., 4 and 5.
  • To accentuate.
  • Of a whale, to raise (the tail or flukes) high in the air when making a perpendicular dive: this act is called by the whalers peaking the flukes. T. Beale, Nat. Hist. Sperm Whale, p. 44.
  • n. A projecting point; the end of anything that terminates in a point.
  • n. Specifically— A projecting part of a head-covering; the leather vizor projecting in front of a cap.
  • n. The high sharp ridge-bone of the head of a setter-dog.
  • n. Same as pee.
  • n. A precipitous mountain; a mountain with steeply inclined sides, or one which is particularly conspicuous on account of its height above the adjacent region, or because more or less isolated.
  • n. Nautical: The upper corner of a sail which is extended by a gaff; also, the extremity of the gaff. See cut under gaff.
  • n. The contracted part of a ship's hold at the extremities, for ward or aft. The peak forward is called the forepeak; that aft, the after-peak. Also spelled peek.
  • n. See peag.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
  • n. the top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill)
  • n. the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
  • n. the most extreme possible amount or value
  • v. to reach the highest point; attain maximum intensity, activity
  • n. a V shape
  • n. a brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes
  • n. the highest point (of something)

Etymologies

Probably Middle English pike, peke; see pike5.
Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown (Wiktionary)

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  • Contronymic in the sense: height of strength vs. sap, enervate.

    January 27, 2007