Meaning of PEAK in English


I. ˈpēk intransitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: origin unknown

1. obsolete : to go about quietly or dejectedly : be spiritless

I, a dull and muddy-mettled rascal peak … and can say nothing — Shakespeare

2. : to acquire sharpness of figure or features : grow thin : look wan or sickly

the new baby was due next month, and its mother inclined to peak — Margery Sharp

3. : to dwindle away : fade , peter — often used with out

before long the game began to peak — T.A.G.Hungerford

the little business they had started finally peaked out

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: probably alteration (perhaps influenced by beak ) of 1 and pike (III)

1. : a pointed or projecting part of a garment: as

a. obsolete : the pointed front of a woman's headdress

b. : the visor of a cap or hat : bill

by way of salutation, jerked the peak of his cap — George Seddon

2. : a jut of land : promontory

3. : a sharp or pointed end : a projecting point

the peaks of the roof — Fiske Kimball

4. obsolete : a pointed beard



(1) : the top of a hill or mountain : one of the crests of a mountain or mountain range : summit

where pines … look out towards peaks that tower in the distance — Laurence Binyon

the fog hung … heavily on the peak of the hill — H.D.Skidmore

(2) : a whole hill or mountain especially when isolated

b. : something resembling a mountain peak

the clouds are piled … in frothy white peaks — Claudia Cassidy

beat steadily … until the frosting will form peaks when the beater is lifted — Marjorie M. Heseltine & Ula M. Dow



(1) : the upper aftermost corner of a fore-and-aft sail especially when extended by a gaff

(2) : the upper end of the gaff


(1) : afterpeak

(2) : forepeak

c. : the bill of an anchor


a. : the very top : pinnacle : the highest level or greatest degree (as of efficiency or excellence) : ultimate

his vocal control was at its peak when he did the recording — Paul Hume

the illusion of setting and atmosphere was carried to its peak — W.P.Eaton

none of them attained the highest peaks of the Greek genius — G.A.L.Sarton

b. : a high point in a course of development especially as represented or capable of representation on a graph

the community prospered … reaching its peak of prosperity and population about 1840 — American Guide Series: Maine

regularize employment and reduce peaks and valleys — New York Times

here for the peak of the season — A.L.Himbert

c. : the highest point to which prices rise in a given period

8. : a point formed by the hair on the forehead — called also widow's peak

9. : the maximum value of a periodically varying quantity during a cycle (as of voltage or current): as

a. : the strongest part of an electronic communications signal

b. : the maximum signal recorded on a volume indicator in a broadcasting studio

10. : the most sonorous part of a syllable (as a vowel or a syllabic consonant)

III. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

intransitive verb

1. : to rise or extend to a peak or point : form or appear as a peak

beat egg whites until they peak — D.L.Bolinger

2. : to reach a maximum (as of capacity, value, or activity)

a firm whose business peaks from July to December — New York Times

transitive verb

1. : to cause to come to a peak or point

pursed her pretty lips and peaked her eyebrows — Marcia Davenport

2. : to bring to a maximum

stores peak spring stocks too late — Women's Wear Daily

3. : to adjust (as an electronic communication circuit) so as to cause a signal to have a maximum or a higher value

IV. adjective

: reaching the maximum of capacity, value, or activity

the factories of all countries going at peak productivity — Current Biography

the street at peak hours is congested with traffic — American Guide Series: Louisiana

V. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: apeak

1. : to set nearer the perpendicular (as a gaff or yard)

2. of a whale : to raise (as tail or flukes) straight up in the air in diving vertically

the interesting motion known as peaking flukes — R.L.Cook

3. : to tilt up to a perpendicular or nearly perpendicular position ; especially : to hold (oars) with blades well raised



variant of pique


variant of peag

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