[ krest ]
/ krɛst /


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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British Dictionary definitions for crest


/ (krɛst) /



Derived Formscrested, adjectivecrestless, adjective

Word Origin for crest

C14: from Old French creste, from Latin crista


/ (krɛst) /


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


[ krĕst ]


A projection or ridge, especially of bone; cresta.

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Science definitions for crest


[ krĕst ]

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