WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
crest /krɛst/USA pronunciation
Geographythe highest part of a hill or mountain range;
the highest point or level: The president was riding the crest of his popularity.
Geographythe point of highest flood, as of a river:The water level is high, but it hasn't reached the crest yet.
Oceanographythe foamy top of a wave.
Zoologya tuft or other natural growth on the top of the head of an animal.
Heraldry coat of arms (def. 2).
v. [no object]
Oceanographyto form or reach a crest, as a wave or river:The river hasn't crested yet.
to reach the highest point:The general's popularity crested after the great victory.
crest•ed,adj. [before a noun]a crested finch.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
crest /krɛst/ n
- 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
- an ornamental piece, such as a plume, on top of a helmet
- 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
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French creste, from Latin cristaˈcrested adj ˈcrestless adj
- (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)
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