• WordNet 3.6
    • v crest reach a high point "The river crested last night"
    • v crest lie at the top of "Snow capped the mountains"
    • n crest a showy growth of e.g. feathers or skin on the head of a bird or other animal
    • n crest (heraldry) in medieval times, an emblem used to decorate a helmet
    • n crest the center of a cambered road
    • n crest the top line of a hill, mountain, or wave
    • n crest 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"
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Nearing a crest and in sight of game Nearing a crest and in sight of game

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chinese Crested dogs can get acne
    • Crest (Her) A bearing worn, not upon the shield, but usually above it, or separately as an ornament for plate, liveries, and the like. It is a relic of the ancient cognizance. See Cognizance, 4.
    • Crest A tuft, or other excrescence or natural ornament, growing on an animal's head; the comb of a cock; the swelling on the head of a serpent; the lengthened feathers of the crown or nape of bird, etc. "Attack] his rising crest , and drive the serpent back."
    • Crest The helm or head, as typical of a high spirit; pride; courage. "Now the time is come
      That France must vail her lofty plumed crest ."
    • Crest (Arch) The ornamental finishing which surmounts the ridge of a roof, canopy, etc. "The finials of gables and pinnacles are sometimes called crests ."
    • Crest The plume of feathers, or other decoration, worn on a helmet; the distinctive ornament of a helmet, indicating the rank of the wearer; hence, also, the helmet. "Stooping low his lofty crest .""And on his head there stood upright
      A crest , in token of a knight."
    • Crest The ridge or top of a wave. "Like wave with crest of sparkling foam."
    • Crest The summit of a hill or mountain ridge.
    • Crest (Engin) The top line of a slope or embankment.
    • Crest The upper curve of a horse's neck. "Throwing the base thong from his bending crest ."
    • v. i Crest krĕst To form a crest.
    • Crest To furnish with, or surmount as, a crest; to serve as a crest for. "His legs bestrid the ocean, his reared arm Crested the world.""Mid groves of clouds that crest the mountain's brow."
    • Crest To mark with lines or streaks, like, or regarded as like, waving plumes. "Like as the shining sky in summer's night, . . . Is crested with lines of fiery light."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crest A tuft or other natural process growing upon the top of an animal's head, as the comb of a cock, a swelling on the head of a serpent, etc. See crista.
    • n crest Anything resembling, suggestive of, or occupying the same relative position as a crest. An article of dress or ornament; specifically, in armor, an upright ornament of a helmet, especially when not long and floating like a plume of feathers or a cointoise, as a ridge of metal, hair, bristles, feathers, or the like. Crests of diverse forms were usual on ancient helmets, and have been more or less closely imitated in the various forms of crest affixed to the helmets of some modern mounted troops, etc. Stiff crests of hair or feathers were often worn by knights in the middle ages. (Compare aigret.) The crest in medieval armor was early affected by heraldic considerations
    • n crest In heraldry, a part of an achievement borne outside of and above the escutcheon. There are sometimes two crests, which are borne on the sides. When the crest is not specially mentioned as emerging from a coronet, chapeau, or the like, it is assumed to be borne upon a wreath. A crest is not properly borne by a woman, or by a city or other corporate body, as it is always assumed to be the ornament worn upon the helmet.
    • n crest The foamy, feather-like top of a wave.
    • n crest The highest part or summit of a hill or mountain-range.
    • n crest In fortification, the top line of a slope.
    • n crest In architecture, any ornamental finishing of stone, terra-cotta, metal, or wood, which surmounts a wall, roof-ridge, screen, canopy, or other similar part of a building—whether a battlement, open carved work, or other enrichment; the coping on the parapet of a medieval building; a cresting (which see). The name is also sometimes given to the finials of gables and pinnacles.
    • n crest In anatomy, specifically, a ridge on a bone: as, the occipital crest; the frontal crest; the tibial crest. See phrases below, and crista.
    • n crest In zoology, any elongate elevation occupying the highest part of a surface. Specifically— A longitudinal central elevation, with an irregular or tuberculose summit, on the prothorax of an insect, especially of a grasshopper. A longitudinal elevated tuft of hairs or scales on the head, thorax, or abdominal segments of a lepidopterous insect.
    • n crest In botany: An elevated line, ridge, or lamina on the surface or at the summit of an organ, especially if resembling the crest of a helmet. An appendage to the upper surface of the leaves of curtain Hepaticæ, which in different genera has the form of a wing, a fold, or a pouch.
    • n crest The rising part or the ridge of the neck of a horse or a dog.
    • n crest Figuratively, pride; high spirit; courage; daring.
    • n crest See dicrotic.
    • n crest In ornithology, a crest of feathers rising from the front or forehead. Such crests are among the most elegant which birds possess. The cedar-bird or Carolina waxwing and the cardinal red-bird exhibit such crests. They are often recurved, as in the plumed quail of the genus Lophortyx.
    • n crest A transverse ridge on the hinder part of the skull of some animals, separating the occipital portion from the parietal or vertical portion.
    • n crest In ornithology, a tuft of feathers growing from the hindhead.
    • crest To furnish with a crest; serve as a crest for; surmount as a crest.
    • crest To mark with waving lines like the plumes of a helmet; adorn as with a plume or crest.
    • crest To reach, as a wave, the highest point; culminate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Crest krest the comb or tuft on the head of a cock and other birds: the summit of anything, as a roof-ridge, hill, wave: the mane of a horse, &c.: :
    • v.t Crest to furnish with, or serve for, a crest, to surmount
    • n Crest krest (anat.) a ridge along the surface of a bone: a plume of feathers or other ornament on the top of a helmet
    • n Crest krest (her.) an accessory figure originally surmounting the helmet, placed on a wreath, &c., also used separately as a personal cognisance on plate, &c
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  • Edwin Markham
    “The crest and crowning of all good, Life's final star, is Brotherhood.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “You behold a range of exhausted volcanoes. Not a flame flickers on a single pallid crest.”
  • Harold Mayfield
    Harold Mayfield
    “Progress is a tide. If we stand still we will surely be drowned. To stay on the crest, we have to keep moving.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. creste, F. crête, L. crista,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. creste (mod. crête)—L. crista.


In literature:

From the crest a marvellous panoramic view was in sight, for we overlooked all the surrounding country.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
The Great Crested Flycatcher seems to be rare in Coahuila.
"Birds from Coahuila, Mexico" by Emil K. Urban
Crest, a plume of feathers charged with a martlet or.
"Shakespeare's Family" by Mrs. C. C. Stopes
His black crest was bristling.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
Just the same, I never could feel real chummy towards anyone that sported one of them self raisin' crests.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
On the eastern horizon grew a pale light, against which the ragged, savagely leaping crests were silhouetted weirdly.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Presently they distinguished the invaders' red crested helmets glittering in the moonlight.
"The Brass Bell" by Eugène Sue
A long oily swell took the place of the white-crested wave.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
Already, from the mountain's rocky crest above, she heard excited cries.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
Entrenchments run S. from cut along crest of ridge.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss

In poetry:

The shadows of the ships
Rock on the crest
In the low blue lustre
Of the tardy and the soft inrolling tide.
"Sketch" by Carl Sandburg
I think of the human ocean
With its dreary ebb and flow,
Foam on the crests of the surges,
And dead men lying below.
"Shadow And Sunshine" by Alexander Anderson
Or on the mountain-crest sublime,
Or down the oaken glade,
O what have I to do with time?
For this the day was made.
"Waldeinsamkeit" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
That sword its fame had won
By the fall of many a crest,
But its fiercest work was done
In the tomb on Sigurd's breast!
"The Sword Of The Tomb : A Northern Legend" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Not two days are the same.
To-morrow will not see
To-day's young children, crested like a flame,
Gathered about my knee.
"Recompense: (For Lord Kilhacken)" by Katharine Tynan
To the grand and deep old ocean wide,
Rolling in all its majestic pride,
Until the crest of its hoar tide
The river met.
"Biographia" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

MOUNT HOLLY — Crews are being sent to open flood gates to release water at an already cresting Woolman Lake off Branch and Mill streets, township officials said.
The Caribbean Motel, first opened in 1956, is a doo- wop landmark in Wildwood Crest.
Dikes held back a third flood crest on the middle reaches of the Yangtze River Tuesday as China called for a "do or die" effort to protect millions of people living along its mightiest waterway.
A section of the Island's main arterial will be closed at Island Crest Park this weekend.
Portland's newest soccer team gets their name and crest, while the Timbers might have found their next acquisition .
The music is roaring, hyperactive and triumphant, with Michael Angelakos crooning amid glitchy beats, cresting synths and hints of Afropop.
Chris Young has signed on to join some of country music's top songwriters at the Crested Butte Songwriters Festival in Colorado, coming up January 18 and 19, 2013.
Brad Hankins, a 1986 graduate of Mount Si High School, hikes the Pacific Crest Trail in September 2012.
This house in Beverly Crest, which just sold for $5.15 million, reports the Los Angeles Times.
China's once-in-a-decade power transition crested Thursday with 59-year-old Xi Jinping taking over as the general secretary of the ruling Communist Party.
BEIJING (AP) — China's once-in-a-decade power transition crested Thursday with 59-year-old Xi Jinping taking over as the general secretary of the ruling Communist Party.
In a wave cresting through the coming two years, most of the estimated 900,000 borrowers who have option ARMs will lose their ability to make these teaser payments, according to First American CoreLogic, a Santa Ana real estate research firm.
The funeral for a local soldier, killed in a wreck on I-49 is set for Saturday at 1 at Central Assemblies of God on Highway 80 in Haughton (across from Hill Crest).
The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has raised thousands of Puerto Rican crested-toad tadpoles for release into the wild on the Caribbean island, bolstering an endangered species.
Anderson takes another Oak Crest crown.

In science:

S. R receives the wave crest at an instantaneous position R( Rruur ) when a clock CR( Rruur ) located there reads tR. The clocks of the K(XOY) are synchronized and so they display at each time the same running time.
"An analysis of the classical Doppler Effect"[1] revisited
Doppler Effect experiment, with stationary source and observer, who moves with constant velocity, parallel to the OY axis. Figure 4. Variation of the Doppler factor, with the order number of the received wave crest, in the case of the scenario presented in Figure 3.
"An analysis of the classical Doppler Effect"[1] revisited
Magnetosonic waves have an additional resonance for n = 0 (Lee & V¨olk 1975, Fisk 1976, Achterberg 1981), when particles stay between two crests by moving along the field at the parallel wave speed.
Interstellar Turbulence II: Implications and Effects
As a particle oscillates between crests, it can have a parallel velocity that resonates with another wave moving faster along the field, and then jump over to become trapped between two new crests.
Interstellar Turbulence II: Implications and Effects
To accomplish this, the beam is accelerated off-crest with nonzero M56 (momentum compaction) in the droplet arcs. This induces synchrotron motion, which suppresses the longitudinal emittance growth related to non-linearity of accelerating voltage.
Accelerator design concept for future neutrino facilities