- the highest part of a hill or mountain range; summit.
- the head or top of anything.
- a ridge or ridgelike formation.
- the foamy top of a wave.
- the point of highest flood, as of a river.
- the highest point or level; climax; culmination.
- a tuft or other natural growth on the top of the head of an animal, as the comb of a rooster.
- anything resembling or suggesting such a tuft.
- the ridge of the neck of a horse, dog, etc.
- the mane growing from this ridge.
- an ornament or heraldic device surmounting a helmet.
- a helmet.
- a ridge running from front to back along the top of a helmet; comb.
- Heraldry. a figure borne above the escutcheon in an achievement of arms, either on a helmet or by itself as a distinguishing device.
- Anatomy. a ridge, especially on a bone.
- a ridge or other prominence on any part of the body of an animal.
- Architecture. a cresting.
- 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).
- to furnish with a crest.
- to serve as a crest for; crown or top.
- to reach the crest or summit of (a hill, mountain, etc.).
- 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.
Origin of crest
Examples from the Web for crest
Plus, Procter & Gamble has already removed triclosan from its Crest toothpaste.Antibacterial Soap’s Deadly Secret
May 21, 2014
Internal Revenue has its own crest or coat of arms or something.Up to a Point: I Do My Own Taxes With No Help, Except From a Couple of Bloody Marys
P. J. O’Rourke
April 15, 2014
His black hair sweeps back from the crest of his high forehead and laps at the nape of his neck; his lips are pursed.Meet Alexandre Desplat, Hollywood’s Master Composer
February 11, 2014
We walk among the graves of his family cemetery on the crest of the hill.Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco Chronicle Mining Catastrophes in West Virginia
Chris Hedges, Joe Sacco
June 14, 2012
The river may crest to record heights on Monday evening, half a day sooner than expected—but the mayor says the city is prepared.Mississippi River Floods: Photos, Videos, and Tweets
May 6, 2011
Yet if help were brought us we might hold the crest until it comes.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
At the crest of it the woman halted and, turning, waved a handkerchief.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
Just look here, though,' I said, as I showed him the crest on my watch and seal.Wilfrid Cumbermede
The crest is a bubble, and really the effect produced by it is most ludicrous.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
While he had been on the crest of the island an idea had come to him.A Spirit in Prison
- 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)
- an electronic share-settlement system, created by the Bank of England and owned by 69 firms, that began operations in 1996
Word Origin and History for crest
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.
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.
- A projection or ridge, especially of bone; cresta.