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pinnacle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pinnacle raise on or as if on a pinnacle "He did not want to be pinnacled"
    • v pinnacle surmount with a pinnacle "pinnacle a pediment"
    • n pinnacle (architecture) a slender upright spire at the top of a buttress of tower
    • n pinnacle a lofty peak
    • n pinnacle the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development "his landscapes were deemed the acme of beauty","the artist's gifts are at their acme","at the height of her career","the peak of perfection","summer was at its peak","...catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of fame","the summit of his ambition","so many highest superlatives achieved by man","at the top of his profession"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pinnacle (Arch) An architectural member, upright, and generally ending in a small spire, -- used to finish a buttress, to constitute a part in a proportion, as where pinnacles flank a gable or spire, and the like. Pinnacles may be considered primarily as added weight, where it is necessary to resist the thrust of an arch, etc. "Some renowned metropolis
      With glistering spires and pinnacles around."
    • Pinnacle Anything resembling a pinnacle; a lofty peak; a pointed summit. "Three silent pinnacles of aged snow.""The slippery tops of human state,
      The gilded pinnacles of fate."
    • v. t Pinnacle To build or furnish with a pinnacle or pinnacles.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pinnacle A sharp point or peak; the very topmost point, as of a mountain.
    • n pinnacle In architecture, any relatively small structure (of whatever form, but commonly terminating in a cone or a pyramid) that rises above the roof or coping of a building, or caps a projecting architectural member, such as a buttress. Its constructive object is to give greater weight to the member which it crowns, in order that this may better resist some lateral pressure. The application of the term is generally limited to an ornamental spire-shaped structure, standing on parapets, angles, and buttresses, and often adorned with rich and varied devices. Pinnacles are very numerous in the fully developed medieval style; their shafts are sometimes formed into niches, and are sometimes paneled or quite plain; in examples of late date, every one of the sides generally terminates in a gablet. The tops are often crocketed, and have finials at the apex. Pinnacles are most often square in plan, but are sometimes octagonal, hexagonal, or pentagonal. See also cut under crocket.
    • pinnacle To put a pinnacle or pinnacles on; furnish with a pinnacle or pinnacles.
    • pinnacle To place on or as on a pinnacle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pinnacle pin′a-kl a slender turret: a high point like a spire: the highest point of a mountain, &c
    • v.t Pinnacle to build with pinnacles: to place on a pinnacle
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Quotations

  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “On the pinnacle of success man does not stand firm long.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pinacle, F. pinacle, L. pinnaculum, fr. pinna, pinnacle, feather. See Pin a peg

Usage

In literature:

You come over the Big Hill pike until you reach West Pinnacle.
"How To Write Special Feature Articles" by Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
You stand on a pinnacle which no other mother can reach, as far as I am concerned.
"The Honorable Miss" by L. T. Meade
Sure, yon black pinnacle is split.
"The Piazza Tales" by Herman Melville
The Surintendant seemed to be on the highest pinnacle of prosperity, beyond the reach of Fate.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 78, April, 1864" by Various
The sunset reaching it as they rode changed the point to a pinnacle of ruby before their eyes.
"The City of Delight" by Elizabeth Miller
The country at large put him on a pinnacle.
"Washington Irving" by Charles Dudley Warner
A station dinner is the very pinnacle of a priest's happiness.
"Going To Maynooth Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
Maria Theresa was now upon the highest pinnacle of her glory and her power.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
As we neared the jagged crest of rock, it appeared more irregularly gashed and pinnacled than ever.
"In Indian Mexico (1908)" by Frederick Starr
From the pinnacle of his own greatness he makes a piquant repartee.
"The Physiology of Marriage, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
The mountain pinnacles were in a blaze.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 55, No. 340, February, 1844" by Various
They have jumped down off their little pinnacles.
"The Summons" by A.E.W. Mason
In other spots the cliff has been rent into sharp pinnacles, varied and beautiful in hue.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 4, No. 23, September, 1859" by Various
I will not put you on too high a pinnacle.
"The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent" by S.M. Hussey
In front there was a tower and tall gables, with balls and pinnacles.
"The Measure of a Man" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
With a hideous crash the flying roof was hurled against a nearby pinnacle of rock.
"The Furnace of Gold" by Philip Verrill Mighels
It was apparent that Mr. Butts had decided that he would feel more at ease upon his pinnacle until the hour arrived for embarkation.
"The Skipper and the Skipped" by Holman Day
In our theories we exalt thinking to the highest pinnacle, but in our practice we repress thinking and exalt memory.
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
Every pinnacle became a sprig, even the pendant icicles reappeared in the gable-boards.
"The Evolution of Love" by Emil Lucka
Though loth to leave this grand pinnacle, we must not tarry longer upon Greylock.
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2" by Various
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In poetry:

Towers, temples, domes of perfect symmetry
Rise broad and high,
With pinnacles among the clouds; ah, me!
None touch the sky.
"Youth And Manhood" by Henry Timrod
On fame's high pinnacle their names shall shine,
Unending ages greet the group divine,
Whose holy hands our banners first unfurl'd,
And conquer'd freedom for the grateful world.
"The Columbiad: Book VIII" by Joel Barlow
Our glorious banner's now unfurled—
Hurra, Hurra,
Our glorious banner's now unfurled,
May it soon wave o'er all the world,
And every traitor standard hurled
From pinnacle to earth.
"Rally Song" by Mary Weston Fordham
I envied that bird, on that fair summer morning,
When nature lay decked with spontaneous art,
As he circled, with aspect defiant and scorning,
And perched on a pinnacle's loftiest part.
"Suggested" by Alfred Castner King
Through nature is his hope made surer
Of that ideal, his allurer,
By whom his life is upward drawn
To mount pale pinnacles of dawn,
'Mid which all that is fairer, purer
Of love and lore it comes upon.
"The Poet" by Madison Julius Cawein
LO, the gods of Vice and Mammon from their pinnacles are hurled
By the workers’ new religion, which is oldest in the world;
And the earth will feel her children treading firmly on the sod,
For the triumph of the People is the victory of God.
"The Triumph of the People" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Pinnacle High School is ranked 8th within Arizona.
Pinnacle World Cup Moments.
Brophy picked up a big win over Pinnacle Friday night, cruising to a 59-21 victory.
Devcon and Pinnacle to share services.
Pinnacle Air Pollution Control Inc.
Pinnacle Park Homes Posts 'Steady' 1st Quarter.
Pinnacle Park Homes See Rise in January Sales.
Cabin Rentals Increase Sales for Pinnacle Park.
Pinnacle Park Homes Offers New Lending Help.
Pinnacle 's casino development in Vietnam in jeopardy.
Sielox introduces Pinnacle 9 software.
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FAA Proposes Civil Penalty Against Pinnacle .
The 2012 Jayco Pinnacle 34LKTS trailer is built for full-time living.
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In science:

Extremes are compelling human curiosities — we are naturally drawn to compilations of various pinnacles of endeavor, such as lists of the most beautiful people, the richest people, the most-cited scientists, athletic records, etc .
Extremal Properties of Random Structures
This may be already ruled out if the ELSA data are con firmed as they find the Q+ but have no evidence for any partner, and thus suggest it is I=0. ¯10, which is where the Models with I=0 suggest that it is at the pinnacle of a flavour original Skyrme prediction would place it.
The End of the Constituent Quark Model?
This method arguably reached its pinnacle in the studies by Laor et al. (1994, 1995) of quasar spectra acquired with HST.
A Review of Line and Continuum Correlations in AGNs
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