peak

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Noun[edit]

peak (plural peaks)

  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.
    The stock market reached a peak in September 1929.
    • 2012 October 23, David Leonhardt, "[1]," New York Times (retrieved 24 October 2012):
      By last year, family income was 8 percent lower than it had been 11 years earlier, at its peak in 2000, according to inflation-adjusted numbers from the Census Bureau.
  3. (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.
  4. (nautical) The upper aftermost corner of a fore-and-aft sail; -- used in many combinations; as, peak-halyards, peak-brails, etc.
  5. (nautical) The narrow part of a vessel's bow, or the hold within it.
  6. (nautical) The extremity of an anchor fluke; the bill.
  7. (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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Verb[edit]

peak (third-person singular simple present peaks, present participle peaking, simple past and past participle peaked)

  1. To reach a highest degree or maximum.
    Historians argue about when the Roman Empire began to peak and ultimately decay.
  2. To rise or extend into a peak or point; to form, or appear as, a peak.
    • Holland
      There peaketh up a mighty high mount.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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peak (third-person singular simple present peaks, present participle peaking, simple past and past participle peaked)

  1. (intransitive) To become sick or wan.
  2. (intransitive) To acquire sharpness of figure or features; hence, to look thin or sickly.
    • Shakespeare
      Dwindle, peak, and pine.
  3. (intransitive) To pry; to peep slyly.
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Etymology 3[edit]

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peak (third-person singular simple present peaks, present participle peaking, simple past and past participle peaked)

  1. Misspelling of pique.ar:peak

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