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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a mountain peak (=the top of a mountain)
▪ Clouds hid the mountain peaks.
a peaked cap (=worn as part of a uniform)
▪ She wore a sailor's peaked cap.
hit a peak/an all-time high etc
▪ Earnings hit a peak in the early 1980s.
reach your peak (=be the best or most successful that you will ever be )
▪ Most players don’t reach their peak until their late twenties.
▪ The result is shown in Fig.2; in three out of five cases a high peak is present at over 95% confidence.
▪ Though over 40 when she started, she would eventually climb the highest peaks on six of the seven continents.
▪ The summit of Kilgrimol was almost level, bearing only a small round building of stone with a high peak of thatch.
▪ My interest in debating reached a high peak at Duke.
▪ Gran Sasso to the north is the highest peak in the Apennine range, and a cable-car runs up to Campo Imperatore.
▪ This time she threaded her way through the high peaks of the Rockies without incident.
▪ More distant were higher peaks, tipped with snow.
▪ In the Cherangani mountains, looking towards Sondhang, one of the highest peaks in the range.
▪ By 1973 the profit rate in business and manufacturing had fallen from its previous peak in each major bloc by about one-third.
▪ Worst affected will be those who upped borrowings when miners' earnings hit a peak in the early 80s.
▪ It is one of several hormones that hit peak levels in the bloodstream in early adulthood and then decline steadily.
▪ It hit a peak on 20 October with 16,188 barrels, the highest daily figure recorded since production started in 1987.
▪ Terfel hits the peaks early and never falters.
▪ The blade hit the peak of the man's cloth-covered helmet, ringing his ears like the knell of doom.
▪ Since futures prices hit their peak, they have fallen by 54 percent, to around $ 1. 08 a pound.
▪ Printer and software sales also hit a peak.
▪ Tax cutting may also have passed its peak.
▪ A few of the 1995s might be good but most almost have certainly passed their peak.
▪ After passing the shapely peak of Ben Resipol, the road reaches a fertile side valley occupied by the village of Strontian.
▪ In the 1630s the tobacco boom showed signs of having reached its peak.
▪ Fonti was concerned about problems of access and coordination on the site now that it had reached peak activity.
▪ He has no immediate plans to retire, having reached a peak in his career.
▪ Evolution had reached its peak and was going backwards.
▪ I just think Tony Jacklin had reached his peak.
▪ Every 13 weeks Beck receives 300 units of the botulinum toxin, which reaches peak effect in about five weeks.
▪ As the two small squares grow so the trio reaches a peak of energy and declines into a single large square.
▪ It reached a peak as miners surged in against the riot shields.
▪ Dadadadada ... He was half way through the Immelmann Turn when he became aware that Emily's commentary was rising to a peak.
▪ The national median rose from a peak of $ 88, 623 to $ 90, 376 over the same period.
▪ Above the town rose the 4,000-foot peak of Mount Wellington, the only vestige of untamed nature.
▪ the Alps' snow-covered peaks
▪ The Dow Jones closed at 10215 points, about 10% down from its peak
▪ April, September and October are peak months for your ambitions.
▪ At the peak of the sugar-boom of the early 1870s a mere 40,000 workers were employed in the Czech sugar-factories.
▪ Figures produced at a World Energy Conference showed that oil and gas production should reach a peak between 1985 and 2000.
▪ Go to fast food places at peak hours, when extra cooks and cashiers are working.
▪ Gold fever reached its peak nine years later with the discovery of the largest nugget in Colorado history.
▪ The slopes and peaks were so heavily wooded with dark pines that from a distance the mountains actually looked black.
▪ The time of peak becomes progressively earlier.
▪ We found no significant difference in peak recorded serum bilirubin concentrations between the groups.
▪ As the forecast assumed interest rates would peak at 14 percent it has already been eclipsed by events.
▪ The rate of business relocations peaked in 1992, then fell in 1993 and 1994.
▪ But the Treasury warned that it was too early to predict whether the unemployment rate had peaked.
▪ Birth rates for teens peaked in 1991 and have been declining since.
▪ In 1926, the exchange rate peaked at fifty francs to the dollar; later, it leveled off at twenty.
▪ Commentators feel that the Bears haven't peaked yet this season.
▪ Fifty-one canal acts were secured between 1791 and 1796, peaking in 1793-4.
▪ It will likely peak in about three to five years but has the stuffing to last a decade.
▪ The hotel below the line where the water had finally peaked was a complete mess.
▪ The stock opened at 201 / 4, peaked at 203 / 4 and now trades at 9.
▪ Thomas' secular career peaked when he was appointed the archbishop of Canterbury.
▪ Hotel prices rise considerably during peak season.
▪ In the peak month of July the market sold three hundred tons of melons a day.
▪ There should be more buses to cope with the extra passengers at peak times.
▪ We usually have two people working in the shop, but at peak periods we employ extra staff.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Peag \Peag\, n. [Written also peage, peak, peeke.] [Prob. of North American Indian origin, by shortening of wampumpeag.
--RHUD.] A kind of aboriginal shell money, or wampum, of the Atlantic coast of the United States; -- originally applied only to polished white cylindrical beads. See also wampum.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"pointed top," 1520s, variant of pike (n.4) "sharp point." Meaning "top of a mountain" first recorded 1630s, though pike was used in this sense c.1400. Figurative sense is 1784. Meaning "point formed by hair on the forehead" is from 1833. According to OED, The Peak in Derbyshire is older than the word for "mountaintop;" compare Old English Peaclond, for the district, Pecsaetan, for the people who settled there, Peaces ærs for Peak Cavern; sometimes said to be a reference to an elf-denizen Peac "Puck."


1570s, "to rise in a peak," from peak (n.). Figurative meaning "reach highest point" first recorded 1958. Related: peaked; peaking.


Etymology 1 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 highest value reached by some quantity in a time period. 3 (context geography English) 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. 4 (context nautical English) The upper aftermost corner of a fore-and-aft sail; -- used in many combinations; as, peak-halyards, peak-brails, etc. 5 (context nautical English) The narrow part of a vessel's bow, or the hold within it. 6 (context nautical English) The extremity of an anchor fluke; the bill. 7 (context mathematics English) A local maximum of a function, e.g. for sine waves, each point at which the value of ''y'' is at its maximum. vb. 1 To reach a highest degree or maximum. 2 To rise or extend into a peak or point; to form, or appear as, a peak. Etymology 2

vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To become sick or wan. 2 (context intransitive English) To acquire sharpness of figure or features; hence, to look thin or sickly. 3 (context intransitive English) To pry; to peep slyly. Etymology 3

vb. (misspelling of pique English)

  1. adj. of a period of maximal use or demand or activity; "at peak hours the streets traffic is unbelievable" [ant: off-peak]

  2. approaching or constituting a maximum; "maximal temperature"; "maximum speed"; "working at peak efficiency" [syn: highest, peak(a)]

  1. n. the most extreme possible amount or value; "voltage peak" [syn: extremum]

  2. the period of greatest prosperity or productivity [syn: flower, prime, heyday, bloom, blossom, efflorescence, flush]

  3. the highest level or degree attainable; "his landscapes were deemed the acme of beauty"; "the artist's gifts are at their acme"; "at the height of her career"; "the peak of perfection"; "summer was at its peak"; "...catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of fame"; "the summit of his ambition"; "so many highest superlatives achieved by man"; "at the top of his profession" [syn: acme, height, elevation, pinnacle, summit, superlative, top]

  4. the top point of a mountain or hill; "the view from the peak was magnificent"; "they clambered to the summit of Monadnock" [syn: crown, crest, top, tip, summit]

  5. a V shape; "the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points" [syn: point, tip]

  6. the highest point (of something); "at the peak of the pyramid" [syn: vertex, apex, acme]

  7. a brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes; "he pulled down the bill of his cap and trudged ahead" [syn: bill, eyeshade, visor, vizor]


v. to reach the highest point; attain maximum intensity, activity; "That wild, speculative spirit peaked in 1929"

Peak, SC -- U.S. town in South Carolina
Population (2000): 61
Housing Units (2000): 36
Land area (2000): 0.268859 sq. miles (0.696341 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000671 sq. miles (0.001738 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.269530 sq. miles (0.698079 sq. km)
FIPS code: 55150
Located within: South Carolina (SC), FIPS 45
Location: 34.237174 N, 81.325737 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Peak, SC

Peak, The Peak or PEAKS may refer to:

Peak (novel)

Peak is a young adults novel by Roland Smith concerning the physical and emotional challenges that face a fourteen-year-old kid as he climbs Mount Everest and high buildings in New York City after moving from Wisconsin. It was first published in 2007. Peak won the 2007 National Outdoor Book Award (Children's Category).

Peak (constituency)

Peak is one of the 15 constituencies of the Central and Western District Council, Hong Kong. The seat elects one member of the council every four years. The seat is currently held by Joseph Chan Ho-lim of the Liberal Party.

The constituency covers the Victoria Peak and Mid-Levels area with the estimated population of 21,203.

PEAK (automotive products)

Old World Industries (OWI) is an automotive and chemical company best known for their PEAK brand of motor oil, antifreeze and other automotive products. The company markets itself as an "independent, family-owned business". It sells products in over 60 countries.

Usage examples of "peak".

The snowflakes had become fine and dry, almost like bits of ice, and they seemed to be abrading the world, smoothing it the way that sandpaper smoothed wood, until eventually there would be no peaks and valleys, nothing but a featureless, highly polished plain as far as anyone could see.

He rode northward again with all speed to the Pass of Sirion, and coming to the skirts of Taur-nu-Fuin he looked out across the waste of Anfauglith and saw afar the peaks of Thangorodrim.

Valley of Chamonix, bounded on one side by the Mont Blanc range and on the other by the Aiguilles Rouges chain, was like a natural platform from which to view the highest peak of Europe.

The authentic city-man, to whom all properly planned Nature is of cement evenly marked out in squares, may for half an hour be able to admire the alienage of a Vermont valley with woods sloping up to a stalwart peak, even though he may not be sure whether the trees are date-palms or monkey-puzzles, and whether the hazy mountain is built of reinforced concrete or merely green-painted brick.

Buccari, hands and face blackened with soot, collapsed on the lodge porch and watched the sun flush alpenglow from the snowy peaks.

The lower ranges were forested, as was the valley between, and there was a redmauve alpenglow on the great peak that rose from the head of the valley.

I folded my arms and looked out at the alpenglow illuminating the cloudtops many kilometers below and the brilliant evening light on the northern peak.

I confess that I am disappointed: we had planned to arrive at Potala in the twilight, while there was still alpenglow lighting the north-south ridges and the higher peaks to the north and west of the palace.

The lower ranges were forested, as was the valley between, and there was a red-mauve alpenglow on the great peak that rose from the head of the valley.

Thence snowy Altels and the giant Blumlisalp flashed it south along the crowding peaks and down among the Italian chestnut woods, who next sent it coursing over the rustling waves of the Adriatic and mixed it everywhere with the Mediterranean foam.

American ancestor settled as the first permanent minister beyond the mountains, following the paths of the French priests in their missions and became a member of a presbytery extending from the mountains to the setting sun, until my last collateral ancestor living among the Indians helped survey the range lines of new States and finally marked the boundaries of the last farms in the passes of the Rockies, that ancestry has followed the frontier westward from where Celoron planted the emblems of French possession along the Ohio to where Chevalier la Verendrye looked upon the snowy and impassable peaks of the Rockies.

To the west rose the laval peak of Ancon Hill, sitting above the blend of modern and Spanish colonial buildings, above the busy new roads and the ancient maze of alleys and bazaars, above the living pot-pourri of Mestizos and Negroes, Chinese, Hindus and Europeans.

This time he watched with intense fascination as the areola on each breast darkened and her nipples peaked.

He heaves his booty, tugs askew his peaked cap and hobbles off mutely.

It hesitated at the peak of its arc for an instant, quivering, and I held my breath, as the eyes of Asteria, the guard and myself all converged on its tip, each of us willing it with all the strength of our being in a direction to be ultimately decided only by Tissaphernes and the gods themselves.