- the maximum value of a quantity during a specified time interval: a voltage peak.
- the maximum power consumed or produced by a unit or group of units in a stated period of time.
- the contracted part of a ship's hull at the bow or the stern.
- the upper after corner of a sail that is extended by a gaff.
- the outer extremity of a gaff.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- peacock, thomas love,
- peak district,
- peak experience,
- peak expiratory flow,
- peak flow meter,
- peak load
Origin of peak1
verb (used without object)
Origin of peak2
Examples from the Web for peak
That was the extent of it during the peak of the flames, and the numbers that swooshed around in the press the next day.The Fiery Death of Sotto Sotto, Toronto’s Celebrity Hotspot|Shinan Govani|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At its peak, his business made as much as $30,000 a year—provided he worked the entire month of December.Kerry Bentivolio: The Congressman Who Believes in Santa Claus|Ben Jacobs|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At his year-end, pre-Hawaii press conference, we caught a rare glimpse of peak Obama.The Liberation of the Lame Duck: Obama Goes Full Bulworth|John Avlon|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The series came to life just as the era of “hatewatching” was at its peak.'The Newsroom' Ended As It Began: Weird, Controversial, and Noble|Kevin Fallon|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Following a peak of 153 new cases a week in August, Lofa was down to just four new cases for the week ending Nov. 1.
We simply tumbled down the mountain, like two rocks detached from its peak.The Heart of the White Mountains, Their Legend and Scenery|Samuel Adams Drake
The ensign haulyards are reeved through a small block at the peak end, and lead down to the boom.
Being now in a known country, he passed safely through it, and reached the Peak telegraph station on the 23rd of August, 1876.The Australian Explorers|George Grimm
We seem just to have struck the peak of the midsummer U-boat campaign.Sea-Hounds|Lewis R. Freeman
From the peak of the mountain he speaks to us, aged as to years, youthful in deed and daring.Iconoclasts|James Huneker
- a sharp increase in a physical quantity followed by a sharp decreasea voltage peak
- the maximum value of this quantity
- (as modifier)peak voltage
- See widow's peak
- the pointed end of a beard
- the extreme forward (forepeak) or aft (afterpeak) part of the hull
- (of a fore-and-aft quadrilateral sail) the after uppermost corner
- the after end of a gaff
Word Origin for peak
"pointed top," 1520s, variant of pike (n.4) "sharp point." Meaning "top of a mountain" first recorded 1630s, though pike was used in this sense c.1400. Figurative sense is 1784. Meaning "point formed by hair on the forehead" is from 1833. According to OED, The Peak in Derbyshire is older than the word for "mountaintop;" e.g. Old English Peaclond, for the district, Pecsaetan, for the people who settled there, Peaces ærs for Peak Cavern; sometimes said to be a reference to an elf-denizen Peac "Puck."
1570s, "to rise in a peak," from peak (n.). Figurative meaning "reach highest point" first recorded 1958. Related: peaked; peaking.