from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Being at the highest altitude.
  • adjective Reaching the highest point or degree; highest.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Culminating; reaching the highest point.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective rare Being vertical, or at the highest point of altitude; hence, predominant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Being vertical, or at the highest point of altitude.
  • adjective by extension predominant


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