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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Peag \Peag\ (p[=e]g), noun [Written also {peage}, {peak}, {peeke}.] [Prob. of North American Indian origin, by shortening of wampumpeag. --RHUD.] A kind of aboriginal shell money, or wampum, of the Atlantic coast of the United States; -- originally applied only to polished white cylindrical beads. See also {wampum}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Peak \Peak\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Peaked} (p[=e]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Peaking}.]

1. To rise or extend into a peak or point; to form, or appear as, a peak.

There peaketh up a mighty high mount. --Holand.

2. Hence: To achieve a maximum of numerical value, intensity of activity, popularity, or other characteristic, followed by a decline; as, the stock market peaked in January; his performance as a pitcher peaked in 1990; sales of the XTX model peaked at 20,000 per year. [PJC]

3. To acquire sharpness of figure or features; hence, to look thin or sickly. "Dwindle, peak, and pine." --Shak.

4. [Cf. {Peek}.] To pry; to peep slyly. [archaic] --Shak.

{Peak arch} (Arch.), a pointed or Gothic arch.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Peak \Peak\ (p[=e]k), noun [OE. pek, AS. peac, perh of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. peac a sharp-pointed thing. Cf. {Pike}.]

1. A point; the sharp end or top of anything that terminates in a point; as, the peak, or front, of a cap. "Run your beard into a peak." --Beau. & Fl.

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.

Silent upon a peak in Darien. --Keats.

3. (Naut.) (a) The upper aftermost corner of a fore-and-aft sail; -- used in many combinations; as, peak-halyards, peak-brails, etc. (b) The narrow part of a vessel's bow, or the hold within it. (c) The extremity of an anchor fluke; the bill. [In the last sense written also {pea} and {pee}.]

{Fore peak}. (Naut.) See under {Fore}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Peak \Peak\, verb (used with an object) (Naut.) To raise to a position perpendicular, or more nearly so; as, to peak oars, to hold them upright; to peak a gaff or yard, to set it nearer the perpendicular.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

peak

noun

1: the most extreme possible amount or value; "voltage peak" [syn: {extremum}, {peak}]

2: the period of greatest prosperity or productivity [syn: {flower}, {prime}, {peak}, {heyday}, {bloom}, {blossom}, {efflorescence}, {flush}]

3: 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" [syn: {acme}, {height}, {elevation}, {peak}, {pinnacle}, {summit}, {superlative}, {meridian}, {tiptop}, {top}]

4: 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" [syn: {peak}, {crown}, {crest}, {top}, {tip}, {summit}]

5: a V shape; "the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points" [syn: {point}, {tip}, {peak}]

6: the highest point (of something); "at the peak of the pyramid" [syn: {vertex}, {peak}, {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}, {peak}, {eyeshade}, {visor}, {vizor}]

verb

1: to reach the highest point; attain maximum intensity, activity; "That wild, speculative spirit peaked in 1929";"Bids for the painting topped out at $50 million" [syn: {top out}, {peak}] [ant: {bottom out}]


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