As summer reaches its zenith, these landscapes provide a welcome touchstone to seasons past.
(a) The early 1990s were the period of the crack epidemic, the zenith of American gun crime.
In theory, Holbrooke should have been at the zenith of his diplomatic skills and career.
The major labor unions - then at the zenith of their political power - disliked Johnson.
In his own mind he is at the zenith of his life, a man in full.
He would have had me believe him shooting to his zenith, victorious at last.
This brought him to the place which was destined to develop his greatness to its zenith.
Paul gazed vacantly from the zenith to the nadir, and from west to east, when suddenly his eyes fell on the Abbot of Antinoe.
Besides, at that precise moment I was far from being “in my zenith.”
Close by us was the Grand Stand—tier on tier of dim thrones rising up toward the zenith.
late 14c., from Old French cenith (Modern French zénith), from Medieval Latin cenit, senit, bungled scribal transliterations of Arabic samt "road, path," abbreviation of samt ar-ras, literally "the way over the head." Letter -m- misread as -ni-.
The Medieval Latin word could as well be influenced by the rough agreement of the Arabic term with classical Latin semita "sidetrack, side path" (notion of "thing going off to the side"), from se- "apart" + *mi-ta-, suffixed zero-grade form of PIE root *mei- "to change" (see mutable).
The point on the celestial sphere that is directly above the observer (90 degrees above the celestial horizon). Compare nadir.