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Can't peak also be used as a verb?

The topic at hand peaked my interest?

Yeh, it is a verb, though incidentally it would be "The topic at hand piqued my interest" and peaked, as in "My interest peaked."

Yes, two separate words, not interchangeable. Equinox 20:39, 22 February 2013 (UTC)

New layout test for peak[edit]

See the test in User:Mac.

Definition of the verb[edit]

It seems to me that the definition of the verb does not really include the case where the word is used to express the fact that the peak of something is over - although the example sentence shows the direction. Still, the article doesn't say that peak would include the meaning of peak is over and decay is going on even without the mention of the decay. 07:52, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

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peak [edit]

Rfd-redundant: "(math) For sine waves, the point at which the value of y is at its maximum." seems redundant to: "(math) A local maximum of a function." or improved wording thereof. DCDuring TALK 02:46, 17 September 2010 (UTC)

I'm no mathematician (despite w:Martin Gardner) but if these aren't the same, someone tell me why not. Ergo if this is kept, it needs an rfc to get a clearer definition. Likely delete. Mglovesfun (talk) 23:45, 3 October 2010 (UTC)
Definitely redundant, I'd say. Delete the sense. --Hekaheka 04:45, 4 October 2010 (UTC)

Deleted disputed sense making it an example of the previous sense. --Hekaheka 05:23, 16 February 2011 (UTC)

Rowing sense of verb[edit]

MWOnline has another etymology (from apeak) for a verb that has to do with rowing. DCDuring TALK 20:35, 22 February 2013 (UTC)


After the talk about peak oil, I've been seeing this used in a (quasi-) adjectival manner for similar things, e.g. "have we reached peak SJW?" (i.e. had enough of those people). Equinox 23:58, 4 May 2016 (UTC)