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PINNACLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pinnacle mean? 

PINNACLE (noun)
  The noun PINNACLE has 3 senses:

1. (architecture) a slender upright spire at the top of a buttress of tower
2. the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
3. a lofty peak

  Familiarity information: PINNACLE used as a noun is uncommon.


PINNACLE (verb)
  The verb PINNACLE has 2 senses:

1. surmount with a pinnacle
2. raise on or as if on a pinnacle

  Familiarity information: PINNACLE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PINNACLE (noun)


Sense 1pinnacle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(architecture) a slender upright spire at the top of a buttress of tower

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

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

spire; steeple (a tall tower that forms the superstructure of a building (usually a church or temple) and that tapers to a point at the top)

Domain category:

architecture (the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings)


Sense 2pinnacle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

acme; tiptop; meridian; summit; superlative; pinnacle; height; elevation; 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 ("pinnacle" is a kind of...):

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


Sense 3pinnacle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A lofty peak

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

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

crest; crown; peak; summit; tip; top (the top point of a mountain or hill)


PINNACLE (verb)


Sense 1pinnacle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Surmount with a pinnacle

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

pinnacle a pediment

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

surmount (be on top of)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 2pinnacle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Raise on or as if on a pinnacle

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

He did not want to be pinnacled

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

bring up; elevate; get up; lift; raise (raise from a lower to a higher position)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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