pinnacle

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From Middle English, from Old French pinacle, pinnacle, from Late Latin pinnaculum (a peak, pinnacle), double diminutive of Latin pinna (a pinnacle); see pin.

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pinnacle (plural pinnacles)

  1. The highest point.
  2. A tall, sharp and craggy rock or mountain.
  3. (figuratively) An all-time high; a point of greatest achievement or success.
  4. (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.
    • Milton
      Some renowned metropolis / With glistering spires and pinnacles around.

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pinnacle (third-person singular simple present pinnacles, present participle pinnacling, simple past and past participle pinnacled)

  1. to put something on a pinnacle
  2. to build or furnish with a pinnacle or pinnacles
    (Can we find and add a quotation of T. Warton to this entry?)

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