[ kres-ting ]
/ ˈkrɛs tɪŋ /


Architecture. a decorative coping, balustrade, etc., usually designed to give an interesting skyline.
Furniture. ornamentation either carved or sawed in the top rail of a piece or else added to it.
a system of ornamental ridges or flutes on a piece of plate armor.

Origin of cresting

First recorded in 1865–70; crest + -ing1

Definition for cresting (2 of 2)

[ 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.

Origin of crest

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

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British Dictionary definitions for cresting (1 of 3)

/ (ˈkrɛstɪŋ) /


an ornamental ridge along the top of a roof, wall, etc
carpentry a shaped decorative toprail or horizontal carved ornament surmounting a chair, mirror, etc

British Dictionary definitions for cresting (2 of 3)

/ (krɛst) /



Derived forms of crest

crested, adjectivecrestless, adjective

Word Origin for crest

C14: from Old French creste, from Latin crista

British Dictionary definitions for cresting (3 of 3)

/ (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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Medicine definitions for cresting

[ krĕst ]


A projection or ridge, especially of bone; cresta.
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Science definitions for cresting

[ 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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