Definitions for PINNACLEˈpɪn ə kəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pin•na•cleˈpɪn ə kəl(n.; v.)-cled, -cling.

  1. (n.)a lofty peak.

  2. the highest or culminating point, as of success, power, fame, etc.

  3. any pointed, towering part or formation, as of rock.

  4. a relatively small upright structure, commonly terminating in a pyramid or cone, rising above a roof or coping or capping a tower or buttress.

    Category: Architecture

  5. (v.t.)to place on or as if on a pinnacle.

  6. to form a pinnacle on; crown.

Origin of pinnacle:

1300–50; ME pinacle < MF < LL pinnāculum gable = L pinn(a) raised part of a parapet, lit., wing, feather +-āculum; see tabernacle

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pinnacle(noun)

    (architecture) a slender upright spire at the top of a buttress of tower

  2. acme, height, elevation, peak, pinnacle, summit, superlative, meridian, tiptop, top(noun)

    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"

  3. pinnacle(verb)

    a lofty peak

  4. pinnacle(verb)

    surmount with a pinnacle

    "pinnacle a pediment"

  5. pinnacle(verb)

    raise on or as if on a pinnacle

    "He did not want to be pinnacled"

Wiktionary

  1. pinnacle(Noun)

    The highest point.

  2. pinnacle(Noun)

    A tall, sharp and craggy rock or mountain.

  3. pinnacle(Noun)

    An all-time high; a point of greatest achievement or success

  4. pinnacle(Verb)

    to put something on a pinnacle

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pinnacle(noun)

    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

  2. Pinnacle(noun)

    anything resembling a pinnacle; a lofty peak; a pointed summit

  3. Pinnacle(verb)

    to build or furnish with a pinnacle or pinnacles

Freebase

  1. Pinnacle

    A pinnacle is an architectural ornament originally forming the cap or crown of a buttress or small turret, but afterwards used on parapets at the corners of towers and in many other situations. The pinnacle looks like a small spire. It was mainly used in Gothic architecture. The pinnacle had two purposes: ⁕Ornamental – adding to the loftiness and verticity of the structure. They sometimes ended with statues, such as in Milan Cathedral. ⁕Structural – the pinnacles were very heavy and often rectified with lead, in order to enable the flying buttresses to contain the stress of the structure vaults and roof. This was done by adding compressive stress to the thrust vector and thus shifting it downwards rather than sideway.


Translations for PINNACLE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

pinnacle(noun)

a tall thin spire built on the roof of a church, castle etc.

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