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Webster 1913 Edition


Pinnacle

Pin′na-cle

,
Noun.
[OE.
pinacle
, F.
pinacle
, L.
pinnaculum
, fr.
pinna
pinnacle, feather. See
Pin
a peg.]
1.
(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.
Milton.
2.
Anything resembling a pinnacle; a lofty peak; a pointed summit.
Three silent
pinnacles
of aged snow.
Tennyson.
The slippery tops of human state,
The gilded
pinnacles
of fate.
Cowley.

Pin′na-cle

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Pinnacled
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Pinnacling
.]
To build or furnish with a pinnacle or pinnacles.
T. Warton.

Webster 1828 Edition


Pinnacle

PIN'NACLE

,
Noun.
[L. pinna.]
1.
A turret, or part of a building elevated above the main building.
Some metropolis
With glistering spires and pinnacles adorn'd.
2.
A high spiring point; summit.

PIN'NACLE

,
Verb.
T.
To build or furnish with pinnacles.

Definition 2023


pinnacle

pinnacle

English

Noun

pinnacle (plural pinnacles)

  1. The highest point.
  2. A tall, sharp and craggy rock or mountain.
  3. (figuratively) An all-time high; a point of greatest achievement or success.
  4. (architecture) An upright member, 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.
    • Milton
      Some renowned metropolis / With glistering spires and pinnacles around.

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pinnacle (third-person singular simple present pinnacles, present participle pinnacling, simple past and past participle pinnacled)

  1. to put something on a pinnacle
  2. to build or furnish with a pinnacle or pinnacles
    (Can we find and add a quotation of T. Warton to this entry?)

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