the highest part of a hill or mountain range; summit.
the head or top of anything.
a ridge or ridgelike formation.
the foamy top of a wave.
the point of highest flood, as of a river.
the highest point or level; climax; culmination.
a tuft or other natural growth on the top of the head of an animal, as the comb of a rooster.
anything resembling or suggesting such a tuft.
the ridge of the neck of a horse, dog, etc.
the mane growing from this ridge.
an ornament or heraldic device surmounting a helmet.
a ridge running from front to back along the top of a helmet; comb.
Heraldry. a figure borne above the escutcheon in an achievement of arms, either on a helmet or by itself as a distinguishing device.
Anatomy. a ridge, especially on a bone.
a ridge or other prominence on any part of the body of an animal.
Architecture. a .
Machinery. (in a screw or other threaded object) the ridge or surface farthest from the body of the object and defined by the flanks of the thread.
Compare 1 (def 15a).
verb (used with object)
to furnish with a crest.
to serve as a crest for; crown or top.
to reach the crest or summit of (a hill, mountain, etc.).
verb (used without object)
to form or rise to a crest, as a wave or river.
to reach the crest or highest level:
Interest in the project has crested.
a tuft or growth of feathers, fur, or skin along the top of the heads of some birds, reptiles, and other animals
something resembling or suggesting this
the top, highest point, or highest stage of something
a ridge on the neck of a horse, dog, lion, etc
the mane or hair growing from this ridge
an ornamental piece, such as a plume, on top of a helmet
(heraldry) a symbol of a family or office, usually representing a beast or bird, borne in addition to a coat of arms and used in medieval times to decorate the helmet
a ridge along the top of a roof, wall, etc
a ridge along the surface of a bone
(archery) Also called cresting. identifying rings painted around an arrow shaft
(intransitive) to come or rise to a high point
(transitive) to lie at the top of; cap
(transitive) to go to or reach the top of (a hill, wave, etc)
an electronic share-settlement system, created by the Bank of England and owned by 69 firms, that began operations in 1996
early 14c., from Old French creste “tuft, comb” (Modern French crête), from Latin crista “tuft, plume,” perhaps related to word for “hair” (e.g. crinis), but it also was used for crest of a cock or a helmet. Replaced Old English hris.
late 14c., “provide with a crest,” from Old French crester, from creste (see crest (n.)). Meaning “to come over the top of” is from 1832. Related: Crested; cresting.
A projection or ridge, especially of bone; cresta.
The part of a wave with greatest magnitude; the highest part of a wave. Compare trough. See more at wave.
noun 1. . noun 1. a low iris, Iris cristata, of the eastern and central U.S., having faintly fragrant, yellow-crested, lilac-dotted flowers.
noun 1. See under . [awk-lit] /ˈɔk lɪt/ noun 1. any of several small of the coasts of the North Pacific, as Aethia cristatella (crested auklet) having a crest of recurved plumes. /ˈɔːklɪt/ noun 1. any of various small auks of the genera Aethia and Ptychoramphus
noun 1. . noun 1. a long-tailed iguanid lizard, Dipsosaurus dorsalis, of arid areas in the southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico, having a row of enlarged scales down the back.
noun 1. . noun 1. any of several birds of the family Hemiprocnidae, of southeast Asia and the East Indies, related to the true swifts but differing in having erectile crests and the habit of perching in trees.