Definitions for: Crest

[n] a showy growth of e.g. feathers or skin on the head of a bird or other animal
[n] (heraldry) in medieval times, an emblem used to decorate a helmet
[n] the center of a cambered road
[n] the top line of a hill, mountain, or wave
[n] the top point of a mountain or hill; "the view from the peak was magnificent"; "they clambered to the summit of Monadnock"
[v] reach a high point; "The river crested last night"
[v] lie at the top of; "Snow capped the mountains"

Webster (1913) Definition: Crest (kr[e^]st), n. [OF. creste, F. cr[^e]te, L.
1. A tuft, or other excrescence or natural ornament, growing
on an animal's head; the comb of a cock; the swelling on
the head of a serpent; the lengthened feathers of the
crown or nape of bird, etc. --Darwin.

[Attack] his rising crest, and drive the serpent
back. --C. Pitt.

2. The plume of feathers, or other decoration, worn on a
helmet; the distinctive ornament of a helmet, indicating
the rank of the wearer; hence, also, the helmet.

Stooping low his lofty crest. --Sir W.

And on his head there stood upright A crest, in
token of a knight. --Gower.

3. (Her.) A bearing worn, not upon the shield, but usually
above it, or separately as an ornament for plate,
liveries, and the like. It is a relic of the ancient
cognizance. See Cognizance, 4.

4. The upper curve of a horse's neck.

Throwing the base thong from his bending crest.

5. The ridge or top of a wave.

Like wave with crest of sparkling foam. --Sir W.

6. The summit of a hill or mountain ridge.

7. The helm or head, as typical of a high spirit; pride;

Now the time is come That France must vail her lofty
plumed crest. --Shak.

8. (Arch.) The ornamental finishing which surmounts the ridge
of a roof, canopy, etc.

The finials of gables and pinnacles are sometimes
called crests. --Parker.

9. (Engin.) The top line of a slope or embankment.

Crest tile, a tile made to cover the ridge of a roof,
fitting upon it like a saddle.

Interior crest (Fort.), the highest line of the parapet.

Crest, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Crested; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To furnish with, or surmount as, a crest; to serve as a
crest for.

His legs bestrid the ocean, his reared arm Crested the
world. --Shak.

Mid groves of clouds that crest the mountain's brow.

2. To mark with lines or streaks, like, or regarded as like,
waving plumes.

Like as the shining sky in summer's night, . . . Is
crested with lines of fiery light. --Spenser.

Crest (kr[e^]st), v. i.
To form a crest.

Synonyms: cap, crown, crown, peak, summit, tip, top

See Also: appendage, arms, blazon, blazonry, brow, coat of arms, cockscomb, comb, coxcomb, emblem, hilltop, lie, line, mountain peak, outgrowth, peak, pinnacle, place, process, reach a peak, road, route, spot, top, top side, topknot, topographic point, tuft, upper side, upside

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