Peak

Definition of Peak

Pronunciation: pēkt
n.1.A point; the sharp end or top of anything that terminates in a point; as, the peak, or front, of a cap.
2.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; as, the Peak of Teneriffe.
Silent upon a peak in Darien.
- Keats.
3.(Naut.) The upper aftermost corner of a fore-and-aft sail; - used in many combinations; as, peak-halyards, peak-brails, etc.
Fore peak
(Naut.) See under Fore.
v. i.1.To rise or extend into a peak or point; to form, or appear as, a peak.
[imp. & p. p. Peaked (pēkt); p. pr. & vb. n. Peaking.]
There peaketh up a mighty high mount.
- Holand.
2.To achieve a maximum of numerical value, intensity of activity, popularity, or other characteristic, followed by a decline; as, the stock market peaked in January; his performance as a pitcher peaked in 1990; sales of the XTX model peaked at 20,000 per year.
3.To acquire sharpness of figure or features; hence, to look thin or sickly.
4.To pry; to peep slyly.
Peak arch
(Arch.) a pointed or Gothic arch.
v. t.1.(Naut.) To raise to a position perpendicular, or more nearly so; as, to peak oars, to hold them upright; to peak a gaff or yard, to set it nearer the perpendicular.

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