peaks, peaking, peaked
1) N-COUNT: usu sing, usu with supp The peak of a process or an activity is the point at which it is at its strongest, most successful, or most fully developed.

The party's membership has fallen from a peak of fifty-thousand after the Second World War...

The bomb went off in a concrete dustbin at the peak of the morning rush hour.

...a flourishing career that was at its peak at the time of his death...

Economies have peaks and troughs.

2) VERB When something peaks, it reaches its highest value or its highest level.

[V at n] Temperatures have peaked at over thirty degrees Celsius...

[V at n] The crisis peaked in July 1974...

His career peaked during the 1970's.

3) ADJ: ADJ n The peak level or value of something is its highest level or value.

Calls cost 36p (cheap rate) and 48p (peak rate) per minute...

We bought it at the wrong time and paid the peak price.

4) ADJ: ADJ n Peak times are the times when there is most demand for something or most use of something.
See also peak time

It's always crowded at peak times...

During peak periods, reservations are difficult to make at some of the hotels.

5) N-COUNT A peak is a mountain or the top of a mountain.

...the snow-covered peaks.

6) N-COUNT The peak of a cap is the part at the front that sticks out above your eyes.

The man touched the peak of his cap.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • Peak — Peak, n. [OE. pek, AS. peac, perh of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. peac a sharp pointed thing. Cf. {Pike}.] 1. A point; the sharp end or top of anything that terminates in a point; as, the peak, or front, of a cap. Run your beard into a peak. Beau. & Fl …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Peak — Peak, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Peaked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Peaking}.] 1. To rise or extend into a peak or point; to form, or appear as, a peak. [1913 Webster] There peaketh up a mighty high mount. Holand. [1913 Webster] 2. To acquire sharpness of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Peak — Peak, v. t. (Naut.) To raise to a position perpendicular, or more nearly so; as, to peak oars, to hold them upright; to peak a gaff or yard, to set it nearer the perpendicular. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Peak FM — is a radio station moniker that can refer to: * Peak FM (North Derbyshire) * KKPK, Colorado Springs, Colorado …   Wikipedia

  • Peak — (engl., spr. Pihl), 1) der Gipfel, Spitze; 2) (Ronoak), die Muschel Venus mercenaria, welche den alten Einwohnern von Nordamerika als Geld diente; vgl. Venusmuschel …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Peak — (engl., spr. pihk), s. Pik …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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  • peak — peak1 peakless, adj. peaklike, adj. /peek/, n. 1. the pointed top of a mountain or ridge. 2. a mountain with a pointed summit. 3. the pointed top of anything. 4. the highest or most important point or level: the peak of her political career. 5.… …   Universalium

  • Peak 38 — pd4 Peak 38 Der Peak 38 südöstlich des Mount Everest Höhe …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • peak — I. noun Etymology: perhaps alteration of pike Date: 1530 1. a pointed or projecting part of a garment; especially the visor of a cap or hat 2. promontory 3. a sharp or pointed end 4. a. (1) the top of a hill or mountain ending in a point …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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