Peak meaning

pēk
To achieve a maximum of development, value, or intensity.

Sales tend to peak just before the holidays.

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The definition of a peak is the highest point of something.

An example of a peak is the top of a mountain.

An example of a peak is the most successful time of a person's life.

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Part of the hairline coming to a point on the forehead; widow's peak.
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A tapering, projecting point; a pointed extremity.

The peak of a cap; the peak of a roof.

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Approaching or constituting the maximum.

Working at peak efficiency.

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To become sickly, emaciated, or pale.
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The point of greatest development, value, or intensity.

A novel written at the peak of the writer's career.

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The highest value attained by a varying quantity.

A peak in current.

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The highest or utmost point of anything; height; maximum.

The peak of production.

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The maximum value of a varying quantity during a specified period.
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The most sonorous portion of a syllable.
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Maximum.

Peak production.

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To tilt up, as a spar or oar.
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To come or cause to come to a peak; reach or bring to a high, or the highest, point.
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A point; the sharp end or top of anything that terminates in a point; as, the peak, or front, of a cap.
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The highest value reached by some quantity in a time period.

The stock market reached a peak in September 1929.

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(geography) 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.
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(nautical) The upper aftermost corner of a fore-and-aft sail; -- used in many combinations; as, peak-halyards, peak-brails, etc.
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(nautical) The narrow part of a vessel's bow, or the hold within it.
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(nautical) The extremity of an anchor fluke; the bill.
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(mathematics) A local maximum of a function, e.g. for sine waves, each point at which the value of y is at its maximum.
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To reach a highest degree or maximum.

Historians argue about when the Roman Empire began to peak and ultimately decay.

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To rise or extend into a peak or point; to form, or appear as, a peak.
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(intransitive) To become sick or wan.
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(intransitive) To acquire sharpness of figure or features; hence, to look thin or sickly.
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(intransitive) To pry; to peep slyly.

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To raise (a gaff) above the horizontal.
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To bring to a maximum of development, value, or intensity.
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To be formed into a peak or peaks.

Beat the egg whites until they peak.

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To become sickly; waste away; droop.
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A tapering part that projects; pointed end or top, as of a cap, roof, etc.
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A promontory.
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Origin of peak

  • Probably Middle English pike, peke pike5
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Origin unknown
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Unknown
    From Wiktionary