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PEAK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does peak mean? 

PEAK (noun)
  The noun PEAK has 7 senses:

1. the most extreme possible amount or value
2. the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
3. the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
4. the top point of a mountain or hill
5. a V shape
6. the highest point (of something)
7. a brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes

  Familiarity information: PEAK used as a noun is common.


PEAK (adjective)
  The adjective PEAK has 1 sense:

1. of a period of maximal use or demand or activity

  Familiarity information: PEAK used as an adjective is very rare.


PEAK (verb)
  The verb PEAK has 1 sense:

1. to reach the highest point; attain maximum intensity, activity

  Familiarity information: PEAK used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PEAK (noun)


Sense 1peak [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The most extreme possible amount or value

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

peak; extremum

Context example:

voltage peak

Hypernyms ("peak" is a kind of...):

limit; limitation (the greatest amount of something that is possible or allowed)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "peak"):

lower limit; minimum (the smallest possible quantity)

maximum; upper limit (the largest possible quantity)


Sense 2peak [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The period of greatest prosperity or productivity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

efflorescence; heyday; flush; prime; peak; blossom; flower; bloom

Hypernyms ("peak" is a kind of...):

period; period of time; time period (an amount of time)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "peak"):

golden age (a time period when some activity or skill was at its peak)


Sense 3peak [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

tiptop; summit; meridian; acme; height; pinnacle; elevation; superlative; peak; top

Context examples:

his landscapes were deemed the acme of beauty / the artist's gifts are at their acme / at the height of her career / the peak of perfection / summer was at its peak / ...catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of fame / the summit of his ambition / so many highest superlatives achieved by man / at the top of his profession

Hypernyms ("peak" is a kind of...):

degree; level; point; stage (a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process)


Sense 4peak [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The top point of a mountain or hill

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

summit; crest; top; peak; tip; crown

Context examples:

the view from the peak was magnificent / they clambered to the summit of Monadnock

Hypernyms ("peak" is a kind of...):

place; spot; topographic point (a point located with respect to surface features of some region)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "peak"):

brow; hilltop (the peak of a hill)

pinnacle (a lofty peak)

mountain peak (the summit of a mountain)


Sense 5peak [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A V shape

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

tip; peak; point

Context example:

the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points

Hypernyms ("peak" is a kind of...):

convex shape; convexity (a shape that curves or bulges outward)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "peak"):

head (the tip of an abscess (where the pus accumulates))

cusp (small elevation on the grinding surface of a tooth)

widow's peak (a V-shaped point in the hairline in the middle of the forehead)

Holonyms ("peak" is a part of...):

cone; cone shape; conoid (a shape whose base is a circle and whose sides taper up to a point)

blade; brand; steel; sword (a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard)

pencil (a thin cylindrical pointed writing implement; a rod of marking substance encased in wood)

knife (a weapon with a handle and blade with a sharp point)

arrowhead (the pointed head or striking tip of an arrow)

alpenstock (a stout staff with a metal point; used by mountain climbers)


Sense 6peak [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The highest point (of something)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

apex; vertex; acme; peak

Context example:

at the peak of the pyramid

Hypernyms ("peak" is a kind of...):

extreme; extreme point; extremum (the point located farthest from the middle of something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "peak"):

roof peak (the highest point of a roof)

crown (the part of a hat (the vertex) that covers the crown of the head)


Sense 7peak [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

eyeshade; visor; vizor; peak; bill

Context example:

he pulled down the bill of his cap and trudged ahead

Hypernyms ("peak" is a kind of...):

brim (a circular projection that sticks outward from the crown of a hat)

Holonyms ("peak" is a part of...):

baseball cap; golf cap; jockey cap (a cap with a bill)

kepi; peaked cap; service cap; yachting cap (a cap with a flat circular top and a visor)


PEAK (adjective)


Sense 1peak [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of a period of maximal use or demand or activity

Context example:

at peak hours the streets traffic is unbelievable

Antonym:

off-peak (of a period of less than maximal use or demand or activity)


PEAK (verb)


Sense 1peak [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To reach the highest point; attain maximum intensity, activity

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

That wild, speculative spirit peaked in 1929

Hypernyms (to "peak" is one way to...):

arrive at; attain; gain; hit; make; reach (reach a destination, either real or abstract)

"Peak" entails doing...:

arise; come up; go up; lift; move up; rise; uprise (move upward)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "peak"):

crest (reach a high point)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


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