Definitions for Zenithˈzi nɪθ; esp. Brit. ˈzɛn ɪθ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ze•nithˈzi nɪθ; esp. Brit. ˈzɛn ɪθ(n.)

  1. the point on the celestial sphere vertically above a given position or observer.

    Category: Astronomy

    Ref: Compare nadir.

  2. the highest point or state; culmination; peak.

Origin of zenith:

1350–1400; ME cenith < ML < OSp zenit, scribal error for zemt < Ar samt road (cf. Ar samt ar-rās road above (over) one's head, the opposite of nadir)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. zenith(noun)

    the point above the observer that is directly opposite the nadir on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected

Wiktionary

  1. zenith(Noun)

    The point in the sky vertically above a given position or observer; the point in the celestial sphere opposite the nadir.

  2. zenith(Noun)

    The highest point in the sky reached by a celestial body.

  3. zenith(Noun)

    Highest point or state; peak.

  4. Origin: From senith, from cinit, from cenit and/or cenit, a transliteration of سمت which is in itself a weak abbreviation of سمت الرأس.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Zenith(noun)

    that point in the visible celestial hemisphere which is vertical to the spectator; the point of the heavens directly overhead; -- opposed to nadir

  2. Zenith(noun)

    hence, figuratively, the point of culmination; the greatest height; the height of success or prosperity

Freebase

  1. Zenith

    The zenith is an imaginary point directly "above" a particular location, on the imaginary celestial sphere. "Above" means in the vertical direction opposite to the apparent gravitational force at that location. The opposite direction, i.e. the direction in which gravity pulls, is toward the nadir.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Zenith

    name of Arab origin given to the point of the heaven directly overhead, being as it were the pole of the horizon, the opposite point directly under foot being called the Nadir, a word of similar origin; the imaginary line connecting the two passes through the centre of the earth.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

zenith(noun)

the highest point

The sun reaches its zenith at midday.

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