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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ When it had almost reached its zenith, the second rod also moved, so that the motion of the wheel was continued.
▪ It reached its zenith Dec. 13, when the Dow industrials closed at 5216. 47.
▪ It is with the porcupines, however, that the spiny defensive system reaches its zenith.
▪ Once it reaches its zenith you can neither see, hear nor stand.
▪ Wilson's career reached its zenith in 1978.
▪ Couture, that zenith of craft, detail and construction, comes closest to approximating art in the most traditional sense.
▪ Even at the zenith of my passion for Carolyn, I gave no thought to leaving.
▪ I sat watching as the sun reached its zenith and the muezzin began to call the people to prayers.
▪ It is with the porcupines, however, that the spiny defensive system reaches its zenith.
▪ It reached its zenith Dec. 13, when the Dow industrials closed at 5216. 47.
▪ The Sun can't be past, or not past, the zenith on the Sun.
▪ When it had almost reached its zenith, the second rod also moved, so that the motion of the wheel was continued.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Zenith \Ze"nith\ (?; 277), n. [OE. senyth, OF. cenith, F. z['e]nith, Sp. zenit, cenit, abbrev. fr. Ar. samt-urras way of the head, vertical place; samt way, path + al the + ras head. Cf. Azimuth.]

  1. That point in the visible celestial hemisphere which is vertical to the spectator; the point of the heavens directly overhead; -- opposed to nadir.

    From morn To noon he fell, from noon to dewy eve, A summer's day; and with the setting sun Dropped from the zenith, like a falling star.

  2. hence, figuratively, the point of culmination; the greatest height; the height of success or prosperity.

    I find my zenith doth depend upon A most auspicious star.

    This dead of midnight is the noon of thought, And wisdom mounts her zenith with the stars.
    --Mrs. Barbauld.

    It was during those civil troubles . . . this aspiring family reached the zenith.

    Zenith distance. (Astron.) See under Distance.

    Zenith sector. (Astron.) See Sector,

  3. Zenith telescope (Geodesy), a telescope specially designed for determining the latitude by means of any two stars which pass the meridian about the same time, and at nearly equal distances from the zenith, but on opposite sides of it. It turns both on a vertical and a horizontal axis, is provided with a graduated vertical semicircle, and a level for setting it to a given zenith distance, and with a micrometer for measuring the difference of the zenith distances of the two stars.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"point of the heavens directly overhead at any place," late 14c., from Old French cenith (Modern French zénith), from Medieval Latin cenit, senit, bungled scribal transliterations of Arabic samt "road, path," abbreviation of samt ar-ras, literally "the way over the head." Letter -m- misread as -ni-.\n

\nThe Medieval Latin word could as well be influenced by the rough agreement of the Arabic term with classical Latin semita "sidetrack, side path" (notion of "thing going off to the side"), from se- "apart" + *mi-ta-, suffixed zero-grade form of PIE root *mei- (1) "to change" (see mutable). Figurative sense of "highest point or state" is from c.1600.\n


n. 1 (context astronomy English) The point in the sky vertically above a given position or observer; the point in the celestial sphere opposite the nadir. 2 (context astronomy English) The highest point in the sky reached by a celestial body. 3 Highest point or state; peak.


n. the point above the observer that is directly opposite the nadir on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected [ant: nadir]


The zenith (, ) is an imaginary point directly "above" a particular location, on the imaginary celestial sphere. "Above" means in the vertical direction opposite to the apparent gravitational force at that location. The opposite direction, i.e. the direction in which gravity pulls, is toward the nadir. The zenith is the "highest" point on the celestial sphere (meaning it is the farthest up from the gravitational force).

Zenith is sometimes used as a given name, most commonly for males.

Zenith (disambiguation)

The zenith is the point in the sky that appears directly above the observer (opposite: nadir).

Zenith or Zénith may also refer to:

  • Zenith (topography), or summit, highest point, or a point on a surface that is higher in elevation than all points immediately adjacent to it
Zenith (building)

The Zenith is a culture and exhibition centre, converted from an old railway reparation hall, located in Freimann, Munich, Germany.

The centre hosts concerts, fairs, company presentations and parties. The centre can hold up to six thousand people and has a floor area of 5046 . The main stage is 24×16 metres in area. Its capacity is approximately 7,000 people

Zenith (album)

Zenith is a studio album by American indie rap group Grayskul. It was released on Fake Four Inc. in 2013.

Zenith (comics)

Zenith was a story about a British superhero, which appeared in the British science fiction comic 2000 AD. Created by writer Grant Morrison and artist Steve Yeowell, with original character designs by Brendan McCarthy, it first appeared in 2000 AD #535 (22 August 1987). The character Zenith (real name Robert McDowell) first appeared in the second episode - the first episode set the backdrop for his introduction.

Shallow and sarcastic, Zenith was a distinctly Generation X superhero. Morrison used the Zenith serial to explore cultural differences between generations and criticise the Conservative Party.

Zenith was featured regularly in 2000 AD from 1987 until 1992, with occasional appearances since. The series was an early success for Morrison, who has since written popular works for DC and Marvel, using his own characters.

Zenith (watchmaker)

Zenith SA is a Swiss luxury watchmaker. The company was started in 1865 by Georges Favre-Jacot at the age of 22, in Le Locle in the canton of Neuchâtel. Zenith was purchased by LVMH in November 1999, becoming one of several brands in their watch and jewellery division. The CEO of the company is Aldo Magada, who replaced Jean-Frédéric Dufour in 2014.

Zenith has a long reputation for the quality and precision of their watches. It is one of the Swiss watch manufacturers that still produce their own movements in-house.

The El Primero calibre, which was first released in 1969, though still produced today, was one of the first automatic chronograph movements and has a frequency of 36,000 alternations per hour (5 Hz). This high rate allows a resolution of of a second and a potential for greater positional accuracy over the more common standard frequency of 28,800 alternations per hour (4 Hz). The El Primero was honoured with a 2012 release of the El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th, limited to 1,969 pieces (in honour of the original 1969 release date), that housed the same 36,000 vph movement and a sub-dial measuring in tenths of a second to make a complete rotation every ten seconds.

Zenith (film)

Zenith (also styled as Zenith - A Film by Anonymous) is a 2010 American psychological thriller about two men attempting to solve the same conspiracy theory. The title refers to a grand 'Zenith Conspiracy' formed by the film's protagonist, Ed Crowley. The film also utilizes an alternate reality game and transmedia storytelling to augment its narrative.

Zenith premiered at The IFC Center in New York City on October 1, 2010, and had an extended run in January 2011 at the Kraine Theatre with its distribution company, Cinema Purgatorio. All three parts have been made available as a free-to-share download at the BitTorrent powered distribution site VODO.

Usage examples of "zenith".

At the zenith glittered the splendid Antares in the Scorpion, and not far was Alpha Centauri, which is believed to be the nearest star to the terrestrial globe.

The sun stood at zenith, so hot and dry beating down on them that she began to think she was going to faint, but they finally stopped under the shade of a ceiba and she was allowed to drink from a jug of water stashed there.

At the zenith we were giving three hundred shots of chloroquine a day.

Those on the upright culms simply rise up vertically at night, so that their tips are directed towards the zenith.

As the sun reached its zenith over Andrews Air Force Base, Rom, Gann, and young Zarra, their trusty but untried translator, climbed into the backseat of the automobile.

Overhead, the gibbous moon shone bright at zenith while the stars sank into the deep blue of a predawn sky.

For this enterprise, which was in the true American tradition of Jim Hill, the Rockefellers and Jesse James, Gid had borrowed three hundred dollars from an aunt who read nothing but the Boston Cook Book and who was deaf and pious, though she lived in the great city of Zenith.

A slow-moving, fragmentary cloud had gathered in the zenith just after dawn and for many minutes over the northern part of Goshen there had been a perpendicular downpour of illuminated rain.

I had loved her in Paris before her beauty had reached its zenith, and she was naturally proud to shew me how beautiful she had become.

At the same time the evidence is conclusive that the madrigal was acquiring general popularity as a form of dramatic music, and the madrigal drama reached the zenith of its glory at the very moment when its fate was preparing in the experiments of Galilei and others in the new monodic style destined to become the basis of modern Italian opera.

Zenith Meridien Television, a subsidiary of Zenith Meridien Film Corporation.

FROM the Hyatt in Mission Bay, I called Mindy at the Zenith Meridien production office in Boston.

Du was at the zenith, but still too low in the southern sky, and as he nibbled tender, green shoots he heard a distant crash and felt, unaccountably, a moment of sadness that was actual pain.

Batouch and Ali were in the court of the house, talking to the Arab guardian who dwelt there, but their voices were not audible by the well, and absolute silence reigned, the intense yet light silence that is in the desert at noontide, when the sun is at the zenith, when the nomad sleeps under his low-pitched tent, and the gardeners in the oasis cease even from pretending to work among the palms.

TV screen, his best and only friend, the giant Zenith, literally bigger than he is, bigger than life, an angel, a devil, a god, sucking in amber waves of radiation that will cause his hair to repeal at twenty-three, watching Johnny fucking Quest fight the lizards and live the two-dimensional four-color good life like a young, cartoon Hemingway, wishing his mom and dad were there to hold him and tell him that everything was alright and to promise him that life would not become boring and predictable and that he would not wish for death while slurping booze in a death-disco fernless bar while being watched -- and he KNEW it -- through small eyes by two dead-fish women whose bitterness was oozing through their skin, literally, oozing, only to be held in check by a wall, a fortification, really, of caked-on, buckling makeup, psychically pin-pricked by these lumps of plodding DNA?