• WordNet 3.6
    • v summit reach the summit (of a mountain) "They breasted the mountain","Many mountaineers go up Mt. Everest but not all summit"
    • n summit a meeting of heads of governments
    • n summit the top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill) "the view from the peak was magnificent","they clambered to the tip of Monadnock","the region is a few molecules wide at the summit"
    • n summit the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development "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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first ever "World Summit on Toilets" was held in Singapore in November 2001
    • Summit The highest degree; the utmost elevation; the acme; as, the summit of human fame.
    • Summit (Zoöl) The most elevated part of a bivalve shell, or the part in which the hinge is situated.
    • Summit The top; the highest point. "Fixed on the summit of the highest mount."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: As of Dec. 31, 2000, the number of climbers summiting Mt. Everest reached 1314, and the number of deaths on the mountain reached 167.
    • n summit The highest point; the top; the apex.
    • n summit The highest point or degree; the utmost elevation; the maximum; the climax.
    • n summit In mathematics: A point of a polyhedron where three or more surfaces (generally planes) meet.
    • n summit A point at which a penultimate curve cuts two coincident parts of the same degenerate curve. Thus, if a double line be a degenerate conic, there are two points on it at which it is intersected by a true conic differing infinitely little from it; and these are called summits.
    • n summit In bivalves, the highest part of the shell; the region in which the hinge is situated.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Summit sum′it the highest point or degree: the top
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  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Man can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long.”
  • Thomas Wentworth Higginson
    Thomas Wentworth Higginson
    “Great men are rarely isolated mountain-peaks; they are the summits of ranges.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “We have not wings we cannot soar; but, we have feet to scale and climb, by slow degrees, by more and more, the cloudy summits of our time.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Truth is the summit of being; justice is the application of it to affairs.”
  • Marcel Proust
    “No exile at the South Pole or on the summit of Mont Blanc separates us more effectively from others than the practice of a hidden vice.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. sommet, dim. of OF. som, sum, top, from L. summum, from summus, highest. See Sum (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. som, the top of a hill—L. summum, highest.


In literature:

The summit or vertex of anything; as the upper point of a triangle.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
A lofty peak, that we suppose is Mount Hunter, towers above the lesser summits.
"The Ascent of Denali (Mount McKinley)" by Hudson Stuck
I don't think we can do more than go to the summit, this trip.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
Saronia crouched beneath a giant pine, whose summit seemed to pierce the sky.
"Saronia" by Richard Short
He had turned back without reaching the summit of the pass.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
The overhanging clouds absorb all heaviness from the air, and the winds convey them away over the pine-tree summits.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
They unconsciously raise themselves beyond them to the summit ridge.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
Small bells hung from lotus-shaped cups crown the summit of the column.
"The Critic in the Orient" by George Hamlin Fitch
It was not till he had reached the summit, and made a slight turn along the ridge, that I saw what this object was.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
Deep masses of shade were projected from summit to summit.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie

In poetry:

Of vistas bright with opening day,
Whose all-awakening sun
Showed in life's landscape, far away,
The summits to be won!
"To James Freeman Clarke" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Could you in what you so affect
The utmost summit reach;
Beyond what fondest friends expect,
Or skilfullest masters teach:
"To A Young Lady, On Being Too Fond Of Music" by Charles Lamb
For just the belting trees within,
I saw my father wait;
And should the waves the summit win,
I would go through the gate.
"A Book of Dreams: Part I" by George MacDonald
After ten thousand centuries have gone,
Man will ascend the last long pass to know
That all the summits which he saw at dawn
Are buried deep in everlasting snow.
"The Future" by John Gould Fletcher
O vanished youth, when faith was plain,
When hopes were high, and manhood's years
Showed dazzling summits to attain;
O days, ere eyes grew dim with tears,--
"Come again! Come again!"
"A May Monody" by John Lawson Stoddard
Amid it mighty mountains proudly rise,
Great monarchs of a boundless continent,
Rearing their hoary summits to the skies,
As claiming empire of the firmament;
Gaunt silent majesties of sea and earth,
Stern-featured children of Titanic birth.
"The Mother" by Walter Richard Cassels

In news:

Why did Putin pull out of Camp David summit.
President Obama has moved this month's G-8 summit from Chicago to Camp David .
Protesters, police prep for G-8 summit at Camp David .
The G8 summit, planned for Chicago, will instead be hosted at Camp David .
Chris Canfield has 10 years experience in real estate and has lived in Summit County since 2001.
Stephen Wampler reaches El Capitan 's summit.
SUMMIT — Summit police report a variety of thefts.
The Hidden Gems Wilderness campaign seeks to turn 342,000 acres in Summit, Eagle, Pitkin, and Garfield Counties into well, wilderness.
Mount Cardigan 's summit cone, only 3155 feet in altitude, is treeless.
The US Secretary of State went dancing at the Cafe Havana during this weekend's Summit of the Americas.
A series of public forums have been scheduled in Holts Summit to discuss a $7 million bond issue proposal on the April 5 city election ballot.
While installing the C we constantly checked the caster with Summit's Intercomp digital angle finder.
Idaho State Police said the accident happened Thursday, November 8, 2012 on US Highway 93, mile marker 138 on Willow Creek Summit.
Michigan Manufacturers Association Talent Summit.
Authorities find felon hiding in chicken coop near Summit.

In science:

In this case the fractional flux may have been underestimated and has led to large visibilities, sometimes higher than the summit of the second lobe.
The molecular and dusty composition of Betelgeuse's inner circumstellar environment
However, in supporting the advance to the 1953 summit this work is important for three reasons.
1953: An unrecognized summit in human genetic linkage analysis
The summit area is small and a significant amount of earth would have to be moved to accommodate TMT.
Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing I: Overview
The summit area is small, albeit somewhat larger than that of Tolar, requiring leveling down to ∼12 m below the current high point for TMT to be built on Armazones.
Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing I: Overview
The summit area is large and flat and would require little work to accommodate TMT.
Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing I: Overview