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ˈpɪn ə kəlpin·na·cle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pinnaclenoun

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

  2. acme, height, elevation, peak, pinnacle, summit, superlative, meridian, tiptop, topnoun

    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. pinnacleverb

    a lofty peak

  4. pinnacleverb

    surmount with a pinnacle

    "pinnacle a pediment"

  5. pinnacleverb

    raise on or as if on a pinnacle

    "He did not want to be pinnacled"


  1. pinnaclenoun

    The highest point.

  2. pinnaclenoun

    A tall, sharp and craggy rock or mountain.

  3. pinnaclenoun

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

  4. pinnacleverb

    to put something on a pinnacle

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pinnaclenoun

    Etymology: pinnacle, Fr. pinna, Lat.

    My letting some men go up to the pinnacle of the temple, was a temptation to them to cast me down headlong. Charles I .

    He who desires only heaven, laughs at that enchantment, which engages men to climb a tottering pinnacle, where the standing is uneasy, and the fall deadly. Decay of Piety.

    He took up ship-money where Noy left it, and, being a judge, carried it up to that pinnacle, from whence he almost broke his neck. Edward Hyde.

    Some metropolis
    With glist’ring spires and pinnacles adorn’d. John Milton.

    The slipp’ry tops of human state,
    The gilded pinnacles of fate. Abraham Cowley.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pinnaclenoun

    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. Pinnaclenoun

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

  3. Pinnacleverb

    to build or furnish with a pinnacle or pinnacles

  4. Etymology: [OE. pinacle, F. pinacle, L. pinnaculum, fr. pinna pinnacle, feather. See Pin a peg.]


  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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pinnacle in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pinnacle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of pinnacle in a Sentence

  1. J. K. Rowling:

    Jane Austen is the pinnacle to which all other authors aspire.

  2. Kyle Buchanan:

    Everybody has a different agenda for why they want to be in contention, whether it's shoring up someone's reputation or if you're a studio executive trying to lure more people to work with you because you've proven that you can create something that is recognized by the pinnacle of this industry.

  3. Bruce Blakeman:

    We think [the vaccine requirement] is unfair because a lot of these kids have been competing all along without such a mandate, and now they get to the pinnacle of all of their hard work, where they have a chance to compete at the state level on a state championship, and that's being denied when it's an arbitrary rule that basically is not being applied across the board.

  4. Idris Elba:

    It's ironic that I've definitely reached a pinnacle in my acting space, which is amazing, but it means that I can't really take time out to concentrate on music, but next year, the whole of the spring through April, is dedicated to touring and putting out this Hiatus album alongside a string of tours.

  5. Mike Brandt:

    Between the incident, the video, the riots, the trial — this is the pinnacle of it, the verdict was huge too, but this is where the justice comes down.

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    the domain ruled by an emperor or empress; the region over which imperial dominion is exercised
    • A. scrutiny
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