verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to form or rise to a crest, as a wave or river.
to reach the crest or highest level: Interest in the project has crested.

Nearby words

  1. cress,
  2. cressent,
  3. cresset,
  4. cressida,
  5. cressy,
  6. crest cloud,
  7. crest coronet,
  8. crest rail,
  9. crest syndrome,
  10. cresta run

Origin of crest

1275–1325; Middle English creste < Old French < Latin crista

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Examples from the Web for crest

British Dictionary definitions for crest



a tuft or growth of feathers, fur, or skin along the top of the heads of some birds, reptiles, and other animals
something resembling or suggesting this
the top, highest point, or highest stage of something
a ridge on the neck of a horse, dog, lion, etc
the mane or hair growing from this ridge
an ornamental piece, such as a plume, on top of a helmet
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
a ridge along the top of a roof, wall, etc
a ridge along the surface of a bone
Also called: cresting archery identifying rings painted around an arrow shaft


(intr) to come or rise to a high point
(tr) to lie at the top of; cap
(tr) to go to or reach the top of (a hill, wave, etc)
Derived Formscrested, adjectivecrestless, adjective

Word Origin for crest

C14: from Old French creste, from Latin crista



an electronic share-settlement system, created by the Bank of England and owned by 69 firms, that began operations in 1996

Word Origin for CREST

C20: from CrestCo, the name of the operating company

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Word Origin and History for crest
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Medicine definitions for crest




A projection or ridge, especially of bone; cresta.

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Science definitions for crest



The part of a wave with greatest magnitude; the highest part of a wave. Compare trough. See more at wave.
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