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ˈzi nɪθ; esp. Brit. ˈzɛn ɪθzenith

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. zenithnoun

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


  1. zenithnoun

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

  2. zenithnoun

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

  3. zenithnoun

    Highest point or state; peak.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Zenithnoun

    The point over head opposite to the nadir.

    Etymology: Arabick.

    Fond men! if we believe that men do live
    Under the zenith of both frozen poles,
    Though none come thence, advertisement to give,
    Why bear we not the like faith of our souls? Davies.

    These seasons are designed by the motions of the sun, when that approaches nearest our zenith, or vertical point, we call it summer. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.


  1. Zenith

    The zenith (UK: , US: ) is an imaginary point directly "above" a particular location, on the celestial sphere. "Above" means in the vertical direction (plumb line) opposite to the gravity direction at that location (nadir). The zenith is the "highest" point on the celestial sphere.


  1. zenith

    Zenith is the point in the sky or celestial sphere directly above an observer. It is the highest point, opposite of the nadir, and symbolically represents the peak or culmination of something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Zenithnoun

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

  2. Zenithnoun

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

  3. Etymology: [OE. senyth, OF. cenith, F. znith, Sp. zenit, cenit, abbrev. fr. Ar. samt-urras way of the head, vertical place; samt way, path + al the + ras head. Cf. Azimuth.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Zenith

    zen′ith, n. that point of the heavens which is exactly overhead—i.e. in line with the spectator's position and the centre of the earth (it is thus the upper pole of the spectator's horizon, as the nadir is the under pole): greatest height, summit of ambition, &c.—adj. Zen′ithal.—ns. Zen′ith-dis′tance, the angular distance of a heavenly body from the zenith; Zen′ith-sec′tor, an instrument for measuring zenith-distances. [Fr., through Sp. zenit, from Ar. samt, short for samt-ur-ras, lit. 'way of the head.']

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. zenith

    The pole of the horizon, or that point in the heavens directly overhead, as nadir is that which is directly under our feet.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of zenith in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of zenith in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of zenith in a Sentence

  1. Zenith Irfan:

    I don't want to be that person who just sees Azad Kashmir in pictures -- I want to go and experience it for Zenith Irfan on my motorcycle.

  2. Jerry Nadler:

    The lawyers tell us that in weighing the equities between the competing claims of the executive and the legislative branches, we have very substantial powers, the congressional power is at its zenith in an impeachment inquiry. How much of a difference — it is a different question.

  3. Phil Flynn:

    There's no doubt that we have a combination of supplies hitting their zenith at a time when demand is weakening.

  4. Mark Paoletta:

    Justice Thomas, who has never bowed to their assault, is at the zenith of his influence of any justice, really. And, you know, we see at the end of this term on all the opinions that have just come down, obviously, the Dobbs decision overturning Roe v Wade. Justice Thomas has been writing on overturning Roe v Wade since 1992. So, for 30 years he's been writing that this should be overturned.

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