Definition of Pinnacle

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

Generic synonyms: Spire, Steeple
Category relationships: Architecture



2. Verb. Surmount with a pinnacle. "Pinnacle a pediment"
Generic synonyms: Surmount

3. Noun. The highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development. "At the top of his profession"
Exact synonyms: Acme, Elevation, Height, Meridian, Peak, Summit, Superlative, Tiptop, Top
Generic synonyms: Degree, Level, Point, Stage
Derivative terms: Elevate, Elevate, Meridian, Peak, Superlative, Top, Top

4. Verb. Raise on or as if on a pinnacle. "He did not want to be pinnacled"
Generic synonyms: Bring Up, Elevate, Get Up, Lift, Raise

5. Noun. A lofty peak.
Generic synonyms: Crest, Crown, Peak, Summit, Tip, Top

Definition of Pinnacle

1. n. 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. v. t. To build or furnish with a pinnacle or pinnacles.

Definition of Pinnacle

1. Noun. The highest point. ¹

2. Noun. A tall, sharp and craggy rock or mountain. ¹

3. Noun. (figuratively) An all-time high; a point of greatest achievement or success ¹

4. Verb. to put something on a pinnacle ¹

5. Verb. To build or furnish with a pinnacle or pinnacles. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pinnacle

1. to place on a summit [v -CLED, -CLING, -CLES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pinnacle

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Literary usage of Pinnacle

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1. Gothic Architecture in England: An Analysis of the Origin & Development of by Francis Bond (1906)
"So far we have spoken of the constructional value of the pinnacle in weighting a flanking or a corner buttress. But if a parapet or battlement ..."

2. The Life of Jesus: According to His Original Biographers by James Roberts Gilmore (1867)
"Commentators have vexed themselves to determine the precise part of the temple referred to as the pinnacle, and to locate the "exceeding high mountain," ..."

3. Sermons on Various Subjects, Evangelical, Devotional and Practical: Adapted by Joseph Lathrop (1810)
"... him on a pinnacle of the temple, and faith unto him, If (hou be the fon of God, ... down from a pinnacle of the temple, ..."

4. A Dictionary of Miracles: Imitative, Realistic, and Dogmatic by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1901)
"pinnacle of the Temple. MATT. Iv. 6-7. Tbe devil took Jesus into Ше holy city, ... St. James t/ie Less or the Jiut set on a pinnacle of the temple. ..."

5. Ninety-six Sermons by Lancelot Andrewes (1843)
"Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, and set Him on a pinnacle of the Temple, And said unto Him, If Thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down; ..."

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