peak definition

  • noun:
    • A tapering, projecting point; a pointed extremity: the top of a cap; the peak of a roof.
    • The pointed summit of a mountain.
    • The mountain itself.
    • The point of a beard.
    • A widow's peak.
    • the idea of greatest development, price, or intensity: a novel written at peak of this publisher's job. See Synonyms at summit.
    • Physics the greatest worth attained by a varying quantity: a peak in current.
    • Nautical The slim portion of a ship's hull during the bow or stern.
    • Nautical top of the after part of a fore-and-aft sail.
    • Nautical The outermost end of a gaff.
    • a place; the razor-sharp end or top of something that terminates in a place; as, the top, or front, of a cap.
    • the best price reached by some volume in a time period.
    • The top, or one of the tops, of a hill, mountain, or range, ending in a point; usually, your whole slope or mountain, specially when separated; as, the Peak of Teneriffe.
    • the top of aftermost corner of a fore-and-aft sail; -- found in numerous combinations; as, peak-halyards, peak-brails, etc.
    • The thin element of a vessel's bow, or the hold within it.
    • The extremity of an anchor fluke; the balance.
    • a nearby maximum of a function, e.g. for sine waves, each point of which the worthiness of y is at its optimum.
    • A point; the razor-sharp end or top of anything that terminates in a place.
    • the most effective, or the tops, of a hill, mountain, or range, ending in a place; frequently, your whole mountain or mountain, esp. when isolated.
    • The upper aftermost place of a fore-and-aft sail; -- utilized in numerous combinations
    • The slim element of a vessel's bow, and/or hold within it.
    • The extremity of an anchor fluke; the bill.
    • A projecting point; the termination of whatever terminates in a place.
    • Specifically— A projecting section of a head-covering; the fabric vizor projecting facing a cap.
    • The high sharp ridge-bone associated with the head of a setter-dog.
    • Same as pee.
    • A precipitous mountain; a mountain with steeply inclined sides, or one which is specially conspicuous on account of its level over the adjacent region, or because more or less isolated.
    • Nautical: The upper corner of a sail that is extended by a gaff; in addition, the extremity of this gaff. See cut under gaff.
    • The contracted element of a ship's hold on extremities, for ward or aft. The peak forward is called the forepeak; that aft, the after-peak. Additionally spelled peek.
    • See peag.
    • the utmost of a load-curve.
    • In mech., a heavy load; the heaviest load (on an engine or generator): so named because a peak or protruding point is created in the line traced by the point of a recording dynamometer during the time of the hefty load or of a maximum load. See load, 8, and peak-load.
    • In turpentining, the position formed because of the conference of the two lines on face.
    • [capitalized] A name applied to a village at the sides or extreme boundaries of a township: as, Derry Peak, in the eastern boundary of Derry.
    • the time scale of greatest success or efficiency
    • the utmost effective or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill)
    • the best amount or degree attainable; the best phase of development
    • the most extreme feasible quantity or price
    • a V shape
    • a brim that jobs into the front to shade the eyes
    • the best point (of anything)
  • verb-transitive:
    • Nautical to improve (a gaff) over the horizontal.
    • to create to no more than development, value, or power.
    • to increase to a posture perpendicular, or maybe more nearly therefore
  • verb-intransitive:
    • to-be formed into a peak or peaks: Beat the egg whites until they peak.
    • to accomplish at the most development, worth, or power: product sales have a tendency to peak right before the holiday season.
    • to be sickly, emaciated, or pale.
    • to increase or extend into a peak or point; to form, or appear because, a peak.
    • to quickly attain no more than numerical price, strength of activity, appeal, or other feature, followed by a decline.
    • to get sharpness of figure or features; thus, to appear thin or sickly.
    • To pry; to peep slyly.
  • adjective:
    • Approaching or constituting the maximum: working at peak performance.
  • verb:
    • to achieve a highest level or maximum.
    • To become sick or wan.
    • to reach the highest point; attain optimum intensity, task
  • others:
    • To rise up as a peak.
    • Nautical, to increase (a gaff) more obliquely into the mast.
    • to appear sickly; be or become emaciated.
    • to produce a mean figure; sneak.
    • An obsolete spelling of peek.
    • Pertaining or regarding the large point in the diagram from a recording meter, due to a peak or hefty load. See peak, n., 4 and 5.
    • To highlight.
    • Of a whale, to improve (the end or flukes) high in the atmosphere when coming up with a perpendicular dive: this work is named because of the whalers peaking the flukes. T. Beale, Nat. Hist. Sperm-whale, p. 44.

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