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pinnacle (plural pinnacles)
- The highest point.
- Antonym: nadir
- A tall, sharp and craggy rock or mountain.
- (figuratively) An all-time high; a point of greatest achievement or success.
- 2018, James Lambert, “A multitude of ‘lishes’: The nomenclature of hybridity”, in English World-Wide, page 7:
- The pinnacle of the effort to fix restrictive meanings to a set of terminology can be found in two papers in American Speech by Feinsilver (1979, 1980).
- (architecture) An upright member, generally ending in a small spire, used to finish a buttress, to constitute a part in a proportion, as where pinnacles flank a gable or spire.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 3”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
- Some renowned metropolis / With glistering spires and pinnacles around.
- See also Thesaurus:apex
tall, sharp and craggy rock or mountain
figuratively: all-time high
architecture: an upright member
- To put something on a pinnacle.
- To build or furnish with a pinnacle or pinnacles.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of T. Warton to this entry?)
- pinnacle in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- pinnacle in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911