crest´like´


crest´like´
crest «krehst», noun, verb.
–n.
1. a tuft or comb on the head of a bird or animal.
2. a) a decoration of plumes or feathers on the top of a helmet. b) the apex or cone of a helmet. c) = helmet. (Cf.helmet)
3. a decoration at the top of a coat of arms. A family crest is sometimes put on silverware, dishes, or letter paper.
4. the top part; peak; summit: »

The crest of a hill. The instrument is designed to count a sample of 300 waves, and to measure the height of each from trough to succeeding crest (Science News Letter).

SYNONYM(S): ridge.
5. a) the ridge of the neck of a horse, dog, or other animal with fur. b) the mane of a horse, lion, or other animal with fur. c) Anatomy. a ridge running along the surface of a bone: »

the frontal crest of the skull.

6. Architecture. = cresting. (Cf.cresting)
–v.t.
1. to furnish with a crest or cresting.
2. to serve as a crest to; top; crown: »

The stately mansion crested the hill.

3. to reach the crest or summit of (a hill, wave, or other inclined surface).
–v.i.
1. to form or rise into a crest: »

Wave upon wave crested during the storm.

2. to reach its crest or highest point: »

At LaCrosse, Wis., the river crested at 17.7 feet, 5.7 feet above flood stage (New York Times).

3. Dialect. to hold oneself (up) proudly: »

The old minister was standing with his back to the fire, cresting up erect (James Boswell).

[< Old French creste < Latin crista tuft, crest]
crest´like´, adjective.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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