- 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 crests
Their hair was trimmed in the fashion of the crests of the ancient helmets.King Philip
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
The crests of the hills are clothed with forests of pine and rich pastures.The Last Voyage
Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
Bertha, Pietro, and the others got their crests and saw their names in the paper.
Crests appeared on the letter-heads and limousine doors of the newly rich.
The waves were beneath them; they lay now on the crests, now in the hollows, and there seemed no port.The Long Roll
- 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 crests
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.