Crest

Definition of Crest

Pronunciation: krĕst
n.1.A tuft, or other excrescence or natural ornament, growing on an animal's head; the comb of a cock; the swelling on the head of a serpent; the lengthened feathers of the crown or nape of bird, etc.
[Attack] his rising crest, and drive the serpent back.
- C. Pitt.
2.The plume of feathers, or other decoration, worn on a helmet; the distinctive ornament of a helmet, indicating the rank of the wearer; hence, also, the helmet.
Stooping low his lofty crest.
- Sir W. Scott.
And on his head there stood upright
A crest, in token of a knight.
- Gower.
3.(Her.) A bearing worn, not upon the shield, but usually above it, or separately as an ornament for plate, liveries, and the like. It is a relic of the ancient cognizance. See Cognizance, 4.
4.The upper curve of a horse's neck.
Throwing the base thong from his bending crest.
- Shak.
5.The ridge or top of a wave.
Like wave with crest of sparkling foam.
- Sir W. Scott.
6.The summit of a hill or mountain ridge.
7.The helm or head, as typical of a high spirit; pride; courage.
Now the time is come
That France must vail her lofty plumed crest.
- Shak.
8.(Arch.) The ornamental finishing which surmounts the ridge of a roof, canopy, etc.
The finials of gables and pinnacles are sometimes called crests.
- Parker.
9.(Engin.) The top line of a slope or embankment.
Crest tile
a tile made to cover the ridge of a roof, fitting upon it like a saddle.
Interior crest
(Fort.) the highest line of the parapet.
v. t.1.To furnish with, or surmount as, a crest; to serve as a crest for.
[imp. & p. p. Crested; p. pr. & vb. n. Cresting.]
His legs bestrid the ocean, his reared arm
Crested the world.
- Shak.
Mid groves of clouds that crest the mountain's brow.
- Wordsworth.
2.To mark with lines or streaks, like, or regarded as like, waving plumes.
Like as the shining sky in summer's night, . . .
Is crested with lines of fiery light.
- Spenser.
v. i.1.To form a crest.

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