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crest (plural crests)
- The summit of a hill or mountain ridge.
- A tuft, or other natural ornament, growing on an animal's head, for example the comb of a cockerel, the swelling on the head of a snake, the lengthened feathers of the crown or nape of bird, etc.
- The plume of feathers, or other decoration, worn on or displayed on a helmet; the distinctive ornament of a helmet.
- (heraldry) A bearing worn, not upon the shield, but usually on a helmet above it, sometimes (as for clerics) separately above the shield or separately as a mark for plate, in letterheads, and the like.
- The upper curve of a horse's neck.
- The ridge or top of a wave.
- The helm or head, as typical of a high spirit; pride; courage.
- The ornamental finishing which surmounts the ridge of a roof, canopy, etc.
- The top line of a slope or embankment.
- (anatomy) A ridge along the surface of a bone.
- (informal) A design or logo, especially one of an institution, association or high-class family.
- 2012 April 26, Tasha Robinson, “Film: Reviews: The Pirates! Band Of Misfits :”, in The Onion AV Club:
- Hungry for fame and the approval of rare-animal collector Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton), Darwin deceives the Captain and his crew into believing they can get enough booty to win the pirate competition by entering Polly in a science fair. So the pirates journey to London in cheerful, blinkered defiance of the Queen, a hotheaded schemer whose royal crest reads simply “I hate pirates.”
- Any of several birds in the family Regulidae, including the goldcrests and firecrests.
summit of a hill or mountain ridge
animal’s or bird’s tuft
plume or decoration on a helmet
upper curve of horse's neck
ridge or top of a wave
helm or head
informal: design or logo
bird in the family Regulidae — see kinglet
- (intransitive) Particularly with reference to waves, to reach a peak.
- (transitive) To reach the crest of (a hill or mountain)
- 2019 November 21, Samanth Subramanian, “How our home delivery habit reshaped the world”, in The Guardian:
- the land rolls gently, so that, upon cresting a low rise or passing a copse of wind turbines, you suddenly spot a lot full of lorries or a complex of gigantic sheds.
- To furnish with, or surmount as, a crest; to serve as a crest for.
- c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene ii]:
- His legs bestrid the ocean, his reared arm / Crested the world.
- 1815, William Wordsworth, Extracts from An Evening Walk
- groves of clouds that crest the mountain's brow
- To mark with lines or streaks like waving plumes.
particularly with reference to waves, to reach a peak
to reach the crest of (a hill or mountain)
to furnish with, or surmount as, a crest; to serve as a crest for
to mark with lines or streaks like waving plumes