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crest

[krest] /krɛst/
noun
1.
the highest part of a hill or mountain range; summit.
2.
the head or top of anything.
3.
a ridge or ridgelike formation.
4.
the foamy top of a wave.
5.
the point of highest flood, as of a river.
6.
the highest point or level; climax; culmination.
7.
a tuft or other natural growth on the top of the head of an animal, as the comb of a rooster.
8.
anything resembling or suggesting such a tuft.
9.
the ridge of the neck of a horse, dog, etc.
10.
the mane growing from this ridge.
11.
an ornament or heraldic device surmounting a helmet.
12.
a helmet.
13.
a ridge running from front to back along the top of a helmet; comb.
14.
Heraldry. a figure borne above the escutcheon in an achievement of arms, either on a helmet or by itself as a distinguishing device.
15.
Anatomy. a ridge, especially on a bone.
16.
a ridge or other prominence on any part of the body of an animal.
17.
Architecture. a cresting.
18.
Machinery. (in a screw or other threaded object) the ridge or surface farthest from the body of the object and defined by the flanks of the thread.
Compare root1 (def 15a).
verb (used with object)
19.
to furnish with a crest.
20.
to serve as a crest for; crown or top.
21.
to reach the crest or summit of (a hill, mountain, etc.).
verb (used without object)
22.
to form or rise to a crest, as a wave or river.
23.
to reach the crest or highest level:
Interest in the project has crested.
Origin of crest
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English creste < Old French < Latin crista
Related forms
crested, adjective
crestless, adjective
subcrest, noun
uncrested, adjective
undercrest, noun
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Examples from the Web for crests
Historical Examples
  • Their hair was trimmed in the fashion of the crests of the ancient helmets.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • The crests of the hills are clothed with forests of pine and rich pastures.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • Bertha, Pietro, and the others got their crests and saw their names in the paper.

    'Charge It' Irving Bacheller
  • crests appeared on the letter-heads and limousine doors of the newly rich.

    'Charge It' Irving Bacheller
  • The waves were beneath them; they lay now on the crests, now in the hollows, and there seemed no port.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • The heavy tread of the elephant was like clouds brushing the crests of the forest.

    Kari the Elephant

    Dhan Gopal Mukerji
  • The waves were not so savage; their crests were not breaking.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • We may discover this flower, too, figured on the crests of several noble families.

  • Twisting her paddle this way and that, she snaked the dugout over the crests.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • The two continued their way along the crests of a chain of lofty hills.

    The Brass Bell Eugne Sue
British Dictionary definitions for crests

crest

/krɛst/
noun
1.
a tuft or growth of feathers, fur, or skin along the top of the heads of some birds, reptiles, and other animals
2.
something resembling or suggesting this
3.
the top, highest point, or highest stage of something
4.
a ridge on the neck of a horse, dog, lion, etc
5.
the mane or hair growing from this ridge
6.
an ornamental piece, such as a plume, on top of a helmet
7.
(heraldry) a symbol of a family or office, usually representing a beast or bird, borne in addition to a coat of arms and used in medieval times to decorate the helmet
8.
a ridge along the top of a roof, wall, etc
9.
a ridge along the surface of a bone
10.
(archery) Also called cresting. identifying rings painted around an arrow shaft
verb
11.
(intransitive) to come or rise to a high point
12.
(transitive) to lie at the top of; cap
13.
(transitive) to go to or reach the top of (a hill, wave, etc)
Derived Forms
crested, adjective
crestless, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French creste, from Latin crista

CREST

/krɛst/
noun
1.
an electronic share-settlement system, created by the Bank of England and owned by 69 firms, that began operations in 1996
Word Origin
C20: from CrestCo, the name of the operating company
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Word Origin and History for crests

crest

n.

early 14c., from Old French creste "tuft, comb" (Modern French crête), from Latin crista "tuft, plume," perhaps related to word for "hair" (e.g. crinis), but it also was used for crest of a cock or a helmet. Replaced Old English hris.

crest

v.

late 14c., "provide with a crest," from Old French crester, from creste (see crest (n.)). Meaning "to come over the top of" is from 1832. Related: Crested; cresting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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crests in Medicine

crest (krěst)
n.
A projection or ridge, especially of bone; cresta.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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crests in Science
crest
  (krěst)   
The part of a wave with greatest magnitude; the highest part of a wave. Compare trough. See more at wave.
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