Pronunciation Noun

crest (plural crests)

  1. The summit of a hill or mountain ridge.
  2. A tuft, or other natural ornament, growing on an animal's head, for example the comb of a cockerel, the swelling on the head of a snake, the lengthened feathers of the crown or nape of bird, etc.
  3. The plume of feathers, or other decoration, worn on or displayed on a helmet; the distinctive ornament of a helmet.
  4. (heraldry) A bearing worn, not upon the shield, but usually on a helmet above it, sometimes (as for clerics) separately above the shield or separately as a mark for plate, in letterheads, and the like.
  5. The upper curve of a horse's neck.
  6. The ridge or top of a wave.
  7. The helm or head, as typical of a high spirit; pride; courage.
  8. The ornamental finishing which surmounts the ridge of a roof, canopy, etc.
  9. The top line of a slope or embankment.
  10. (anatomy) A ridge along the surface of a bone.
  11. (informal) A design or logo, especially one of an institution, association or high-class family.
  12. Any of several birds in the family Regulidae, including the goldcrests and firecrests.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • French: crête
  • Italian: cresta
  • Portuguese: crista (da/de onda)
  • Russian: гре́бень
  • Spanish: cresta
Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: конёк
  • Russian: гре́бень

crest (crests, present participle cresting; past and past participle crested)

  1. (intransitive) Particularly with reference to waves, to reach a peak.
  2. (transitive) To reach the crest of (a hill or mountain)
  3. To furnish with, or surmount as, a crest; to serve as a crest for.
    • c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene ii]:
      His legs bestrid the ocean, his reared arm / Crested the world.
    • groves of clouds that crest the mountain's brow
  4. To mark with lines or streaks like waving plumes.
    • Like as the shining sky in summer's night, […] / Is crested with lines of fiery light.

  1. (military) Acronym of comparisons, reasons, examples, statistics, testimony: the five types of verbal support used to enhance an oral presentation.

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