AskDefine | Define peak

Dictionary Definition

peak adj
1 of a period of maximal use or demand or activity; "at peak hours the streets traffic is unbelievable" [ant: off-peak]
2 approaching or constituting a maximum; "maximal temperature"; "maximum speed"; "working at peak efficiency" [syn: highest, peak(a)]


1 the most extreme possible amount or value; "voltage peak" [syn: extremum]
2 the period of greatest prosperity or productivity [syn: flower, prime, heyday, bloom, blossom, efflorescence, flush]
3 the highest level or degree attainable; "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" [syn: acme, height, elevation, pinnacle, summit, superlative, top]
4 the top point of a mountain or hill; "the view from the peak was magnificent"; "they clambered to the summit of Monadnock" [syn: crown, crest, top, tip, summit]
5 a V shape; "the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points" [syn: point, tip]
6 the highest point (of something); "at the peak of the pyramid" [syn: vertex, apex, acme]
7 a brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes; "he pulled down the bill of his cap and trudged ahead" [syn: bill, eyeshade, visor, vizor] v : to reach the highest point; attain maximum intensity, activity; "That wild, speculative spirit peaked in 1929"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A point; the sharp end or top of anything that terminates in a point; as, the peak, or front, of a cap.
  2. The top, or one of the tops, of a hill, mountain, or range, ending in a point; often, the whole hill or mountain, esp. when isolated; as, the Peak of Teneriffe.
  3. The upper aftermost corner of a fore-and-aft sail; -- used in many combinations; as, peak-halyards, peak-brails, etc.
  4. The narrow part of a vessel's bow, or the hold within it.
  5. The extremity of an anchor fluke; the bill.
  6. For sine waves, the point at which the value of y is at its maximum.



point, sharp end
  • Finnish: kärki
  • Hungarian: csúcs
  • Japanese: 頂点 (chōten), 尖頭 (sentō)
mountain top
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: 尖峰 (jiānfēng)
  • Dutch: piek
  • Finnish: huippu
  • French: cime
  • German: Gipfel
  • Hungarian: csúcs, hegycsúcs, orom
  • Italian: cima
  • Japanese: 頂上 (こうじょう, chōjō), 山頂 (さんちょう, sanchō)
  • Korean: 산꼭대기 (sankkokdaegi)
  • Portuguese: pico
  • Russian: вершина
  • Spanish: cima
  • Swedish: topp, spets
upper-after corner of sail
narrow part of bow
tip of anchor fluke
  • Finnish: kynsi
point where a function attains a maximum


  1. To reach a peak or maximum.
    • Historians argue about when the Roman Empire began to peak and ultimately decay.

Derived terms


to reach a peak

Extensive Definition

A Peak may refer to:
Proper geographical names include:

See also

peak in Bulgarian: Връх
peak in German: Spitze
peak in Japanese: ピーク
peak in Romanian: Vârf
peak in Slovenian: Vrh
peak in Chinese: 山頂

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

acme, acme of perfection, all, allophone, alp, alveolar, apex, apico-alveolar, apico-dental, apogee, articulation, aspiration, assimilation, be poised, bilabial, bill, billow, boom, bore, bottoming out, break, breakers, brim, brow, business cycle, business fluctuations, bust, cacuminal, cap, capstone, ceiling, cerebral, check, chop, choppiness, chopping sea, climax, cloud nine, cog, comb, comber, consonant, consummate, consummation, continuant, cooling off, crag, crash, crest, crisis, crown, culmen, culminate, culmination, dash, decline, dental, depression, diphthong, dirty water, dissimilation, downturn, droop, dwindle, eagre, ebb and flow, economic cycle, economic expansion, economic growth, edge, elevation, eminence, end, epenthetic vowel, expanding economy, expansion, explosive, extreme, extreme limit, extremity, fade, fail, fang, flag, frost, glide, glottal, glottalization, gravity wave, ground swell, growth, guttural, harrow, head, heave, heaven, heavens, heavy sea, heavy swell, height, high growth rate, high noon, high point, highest degree, highest pitch, highest point, hill, hilltop, ice, jag, knoll, labial, labialization, labiodental, labiovelar, languish, laryngeal, last word, lateral, lift, limit, lingual, liquid, lofty peak, lop, lose strength, low, manner of articulation, market expansion, maximum, meridian, modification, monophthong, morphophoneme, mount, mountain, mountaintop, mute, nasal, ne plus ultra, nib, no place higher, noon, nth degree, occlusive, outtop, overarch, overtop, palatal, parasitic vowel, peaking, pecten, perfection, pharyngeal, pharyngealization, phone, phoneme, pic, pico, pike, pine, pink, pink of perfection, pinnacle, pitch, plosive, point, pole, popple, precipice, projection, prosperity, prothetic vowel, rake, ratchet, recession, recovery, retroflex, ridge, riffle, ripple, rise, rise and fall, roll, roller, roof, rough water, run down, sawtooth, scend, sea, segmental phoneme, semivowel, send, seventh heaven, sink, sky, slowdown, slump, smash, snag, snaggle, sonant, sonority, speech sound, spire, sprocket, spur, steeple, stop, summit, surd, surf, surge, surmount, swell, syllabic nucleus, syllabic peak, syllable, the whole, tidal bore, tidal wave, tide wave, tip, tip-top, tooth, top, top off, top out, tor, toss, transition sound, triphthong, trough, tsunami, ultimate, undulate, undulation, upmost, upper extremity, uppermost, upturn, utmost, utmost extent, uttermost, velar, vertex, very top, visor, vocable, vocalic, vocoid, voice, voiced sound, voiceless sound, voicing, vowel, waste, waste away, water wave, wave, wavelet, weaken, white horses, whitecaps, wilt, wither, wither away, zenith
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1