WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
crest /krɛst/USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Geographythe highest part of a hill or mountain range;
  2. the highest point or level: The president was riding the crest of his popularity.
  3. Geographythe point of highest flood, as of a river:The water level is high, but it hasn't reached the crest yet.
  4. Oceanographythe foamy top of a wave.
  5. Zoologya tuft or other natural growth on the top of the head of an animal.
  6. 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.

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    crest /krɛst/ n
    1. a tuft or growth of feathers, fur, or skin along the top of the heads of some birds, reptiles, and other animals
    2. something resembling or suggesting this
    3. the top, highest point, or highest stage of something
    4. an ornamental piece, such as a plume, on top of a helmet
    5. 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
    1. (intransitive) to come or rise to a high point
    2. (transitive) to lie at the top of; cap
    3. (transitive) to go to or reach the top of (a hill, wave, etc)
    Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French creste, from Latin crista

    ˈcrested adj ˈcrestless adj

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