- peak flow meter,
- peak load,
- peak programme meter,
- peak time,
- peaker plant,
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Origin of peaked2
- 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)
Origin of peak1
verb (used without object)
Origin of peak2
Examples from the Web for peaked
In point of fact, the mass vilification of the league, which peaked a month ago, burned out as quickly as it ignited.
His biggest single so far, the Pitbull collaboration “Mmm Yeah,” peaked at No. 49 on the Hot 100.What Is an ‘Austin Mahone’ and Is It Really Contagious?|Amy Zimmerman|May 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She peaked with a few good songs, but now is riding the wave of promotions, brands, and paparazzi.The Improbable Rise of Rita Ora: A Guide for the Modern-Day Celebrity|Emma Gannon|May 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Oh, they are with us,” said the leader of the group, a man in his fifties, dressed in camouflage, wearing a peaked military cap.
The song debuted in 2002, a year in which Putin was wildly popular and peaked at 82 percent job approval.
The mountains and rocks have a peaked appearance, like a spear pointed at one, as much as to say, "better keep off."Foot-prints of Travel|Maturin M. Ballou
One of the old officials in peaked caps has called on me solemnly this afternoon.A Journal of Impressions in Belgium|May Sinclair
The seat seemed to offer itself for his convenience; it formed a sort of niche in the peaked façade of the rock.Toilers of the Sea|Victor Hugo
A huge cigar was jammed tightly betwixt his teeth, and his peaked cap raked at an alarming angle.The Dreadnought of the Air|Percy F. Westerman
She threw back her head, peaked her brows over eyes of solemnest reproof, and marched into the house with a Mariquita stride.More About Peggy|Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
- 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
"sickly-looking," 1835, from past participle of obsolete verb peak "look sickly or thin, shrink, waste away" (1540s), which is perhaps from peak in sense of "become pointed" through emaciation. Related: Peakedness.
"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.